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4 out of 5 eggs Everything you need for Custom Water Cooling 07/07/2016

This review is from: Thermaltake Core X31 Black ATX Gaming Mid Tower Tt LCS Certified Gaming Computer Case CA-1E9-00M1WN-00

Pros: I have owned several Thermaltake Cases including a Core P5. They are one of the few case builders that are very focused on custom water cooling. So for someone like myself that likes to tinker, Thermaltake is a very good choice and usually their prices are very reasonable. I moved all of my components from the gigantic Core P5, including a EKWB L360 Water Cooling Kit, into this case and they fit beautifully. The Core X31 is a fairly small case but because of its wider body it allows for thicker radiators and no interference at the top of your MOBO. I also like the fact that is still has 5.25" bays for fan controllers and displays. Overall a very good design with a couple complaints.

Cons: The plastic side window is very low quality. It scratches super easily. Infact just my water cooling hoses touching it has created several scuff marks that I have not been able to buff out. Only clean it with microfiber cloths otherwise you will get swirl marks. I feel a few extra dollars for better quality materials would have been very worthwhile. Also the front dust filter is more of a wide honeycomb mesh than a filter. It will keep out pet hair but it's by no means a dust filter. All 3 filters, bottom, top and front are different materials. The bottom is a tight screen type that works great but the other 2 are pretty much just hair filters. Buy some extra spray duster if you get this case.

Other Thoughts: Overall great case. In the $100 range it gives you the options to do nice custom water cooling without drilling or cutting.

Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller
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4 out of 5 eggs No Problems with Drivers and Windows 10 03/09/2016

This review is from: Saitek X52 Pro Flight System Controller

Pros: Let me first say that after ordering this, I read that a lot of people were having trouble gettings all of the functionality out of their X52 Pro with the last Windows 10 update. I was a little worried that I got myself into a bad situation even though there are fairly simple workarounds, it would just be annoying to deal with them. Fortunately I am not seeing any issues. I installed the latest drivers off the Saitek site and followed the instructions exactly. Everything on both the Stick and Throttle seem to be working properly for me. So if you are having any issues still, I highly recommend doing a fresh install of drivers and software off the Saitek site. Now to my Review..

-Ergonomically well laid out and has an adjustable palm rest on the stick
-Easy to reach Hats and Button with my Medium-Large sized hand
-Easy to use Software with LED color settings, brightness, deadzones etc..
-Smooth Stick movement without any annoying hitch when coming back to center
-Resistance adjustment on the Throttle
-3 on the fly profiles via a knob on the Stick
-Passthroughs on both the Stick and Throttle for bolting it down to a Cockpit or Desk (Suction Cups also included)

Im very pleased with my X52 Pro so far. It has everything I need for games like Elite D and Star Citizen without being over crowded with hats and Buttons like the X55 Rhino. Very smooth operation on both the Throttle and Stick and the Hat and Button quality feel much better than expected.

Cons: My only reason for giving this 4 Eggs instead of 5 is because I am not able to Calibrate the Mouse Cursor knob at the thumb position on the Throttle. It is off center to the right a little in the Saitek software and I cannot find an option to Calibrate it. Its not a huge deal because I simply dont use it very often but just a slight annoyance and I can only assume its a quality control issue.

Other Thoughts: This is my second Saitek HOTAS. The first being an X55 Rhino. I ordered an early edition of the X55 and had all kinds of issues with the software, buttons ghosting and random disconnects in about 6 months of lite use. Finally it just flat out died and I sent it back to Saitek for warranty but they didnt have any replacements available at the time. Somehow I convinced them to give me a credit and I ordered this X52 Pro. I'll be completely honest in saying that I was pretty much ready to write off Saitek completely but, this X52 Pro is pretty Awesome. I guess after having it out on the market for quite a few years they have worked out the bugs because its very smooth and ergonomically extremely well thought out. I highly recommend it for $160.


4 out of 5 eggs I think some of the bad reviews are misleading. 02/03/2016

This review is from: ASUS Radeon R9 390X DirectX 12 STRIX-R9390X-DC3OC-8GD5-GAMING 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card

Pros: I have this card and a Gigabyte GTX 980 G1. So if anyone was wondering the main differences, thats what my review will be about. First of all this is by no means a second place finish to the GTX 980. It has its differences but in most cases they are trade offs.

So the Pros on this ASUS R9 390X:
-Runs very quiet all the way up to about 60% fan speed. You will rarely need any higher speed unless you have a hot case.
-Its build quality is second to none. Nice think heat pipes and full backplate, full heatsink.
-3 Displayport, 1 HDMI, 1 DVI-D
-White LED's for the power connectors
-Destroys every game maxed out at 1080p and 1440p. (4K not test)
-Priced right. Roughly $100 cheaper than most GTX 980s for basically the same performance.
-Much better DX12 benchmarks over NVIDIA GPUs of the same class.

Cons: Cons:
-Will run hotter and consume about 25% more wattage than the GTX 980. (Heat is manageable via manual fan speed adjustments)
-HUGE! Its 11.8 inches long and about 6 inches tall so, make sure you can fit this in your build.
-Not a big fan of AMD drivers/slow updates compared to NVIDIA. (Latest AMD 15.12 drivers are much more stable however)
-The STRIX LED logo on the top of the fan shroud pulsed. It can NOT be turned off or adjusted.
-Not much headroom for overclocking. I only got about +5% out of this model before I capped out.

Other Thoughts: I did not get this from Newegg because I found a killer deal at a local retailer. You can find this exact model for sub $400 if you look around. If you are looking for a very good competitor to the GTX 980 and don't mind a little more heat and little more power consumption, this is a great choice especially for the price. You will loose a few software bells and whistles compared to NVIDIA but certainly not worth $100+ in my opinion. Also AMD is benching much better in DX12 applications and games over flagship NVIDIA cards with Maxwell architecture (GTX 9 Series). I have personally seen tests where this exact ASUS R9 390x is benching only about 10fps lower than the mighty GTX 980ti in several DX12 applications. AMD also scales much better when using Crossfire vs NVIDIA Surround. So if you're planning on a multiple GPU/Monitor setup, AMD will give you better performance and less micro-shuttering. Basically they are more future proof at the current time. If you cannot quite afford $400, the R9 290x is still a fantastic card for around $300-$325. The R9 390x is a 290x on steroids. In most current applications you DO NOT need more than 4GB of VRAM and of course you can always overclock the 290x.

AMD in most cases has been the redheaded stepchild to NVIDIA over the past few GPU generations. But, this model is the first in a while that is well worth the price vs performance. I highly recommend it!!


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