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Pros: Looked great in my case and they were fast when they worked..
Cons: Yup... one of em died and the other is now blue screening like a champ...
Other Thoughts: Bought 2 of these to run in RAID0. They ran for a month... that was that.
Should have known better than to buy refurbs trying to get as much as I could for a $3000+ x79 build.
Also had a NEW OCZ 1000w power supply die... and a Swiftech AIO water cooler die on the new rig too.
I have to say that this is the first time I have EVER in 15 years of building had this many duds from one retailer on a single build, yet I stay loyal...
I have been buying from Newegg for over 10 years through my business for personal and this is very disappointing.
Actually at this point I'm fairly enraged by all the wasted time... we are talking almost 100 man hours in build time, for troubleshooting, repairs, phone calls from vendors asking me up change my reviews if they take care of me. Not to mention the waiting on replacements and I'm just stupid enough to purchase something new so I don't have to wait and just sell the refurb I get from the manufacturer.
Newegg is too big to care anymore so we are dumped off to the manufacturer.
Hopefully Corsair will make a quicker turnaround for me this time on these drives since I now have their DomiGT, 650D, K70, H100 (should have stayed with that), these broken refurbs and a V2000 7.1 wireless headset.
It's not like I didn't try to get the best... :\
Pros: I purchased this at Worst Buy because I was in a hurry. But this card is solid. You will need to take the time to configure it for your speakers. If you have bottom of the barrel 5.1 speakers, like Logitech's over priced variances, you are not going to get the full picture and might as well use your on-board sound if you have that. That is what most of those speaker systems are designed for.
That being posted, this card has very clean and crisp 2.1 sound as well. I am using the Klipsch THX certified 2.1. Not the highest end speakers by any means. BUT... they are AMAZING with the right sound card. I was truly blown away once I got it right. you can turn these bad boys up real loud with almost NO destortion. If I were a real reviewer I would give you the DB at which the sound starts to crumble. But for Gaming?? Just perfect!
I currently have use an Asus Rampage IV Formula with the built-in SupremeFX III and the SB-Z is noticeably better. The main difference is the theatrical quality of games. Just powerful, and clear... I suggest using the Crystalvoice feature to make sure in-game dialog is coming through clearly.
Also, online communications is awesome... almost meed to adjust it because I wasn't used to the VoIP clarity over the game sounds. I mostly use a Corsair Vengence 2000 headset for that but I kinda wish I have something that nice to plug into the SB-Z card... It's just WAY better all around.
Cons: This card requires some serious tuning for each system. So don't just plug-and-play this card thinking it should "just work". It simply doesn't!! Oh... it will give you decent sound for sure, but you are better off using the on-board sound if that is why you spent $100+ on a high-end sound card.
Especially you kids out there complaining about everything you buy that was expensive and doesn't work. You need to TAKE THE TIME to learn some junk... You may need to do real "research" on weather this is right for your system.
Otherwise just go buy a Mac... They do JUST WORK.... (most of the time)
Pros: Red... working after a month... fast in RAID 0... Price of course...
Cons: Refurbished labeling all over em. Just makes the case a little less attractive. But I know it makes sense for Corsair to do this... just wish they could be a little more discrete about it.
Other Thoughts: Love these drives. I didn't want to pay for them when they were released, so these worked out great. Might grab a few more, but I don;t want to push my luck with refurbs to far... ;)READ FULL REVIEW