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CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Stable, high quality, good CAS for 1.5V. If you are into it it overclocks. Using the XMS in two gaming multi/use and gaming computers, and have used the XMS in both DDR2 and DDR3 versions. Using their Vengeance in my gaming PC.

Cons: None really; just a reminder that EVERY manufacture has parts that occasionally fail, even Corsair.

Other Thoughts: Have used Corsair ram almost exclusively for several years now. Tried Patriot, and for a long time used Crucial; howerver both had problems that I have never encountered with Corsair.
Corsair customer service is excellent, but to be fair Crucial's is at least as good, but Patriots was just o.k.

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ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The pros. that I had for this model are in my original review dated 4/9/12 and titled "can't go wrong."
At this time the only thing I can say is on the occasions when it works it works o.k.

Cons: I had two of these. Literally wore one out, and this was the second one. It was a little quirky from day one in that the tray, when the button was pushed, would come out quite fast and immediately go back in. Annoying but I lived with it. Lately, about 60-70% of the time it won't read disks, or starts to read the disc then stops, or will be reading the disk (music, movie, data, whatever) and about 1/2 way through will stop.
Tonight it simply shut down while reading data to be transfered to another disc, and locked up the PC again. Cold shut-down required.
Out of warranty, but that's o.k.
And I am not knocking ASUS; I will be ordering another DVD-RW and it will be either the the F model ASUS or a Lite-On: these are the two brands that OVERALL I have had the most reliability.

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PLANTRONICS GameCom Commander 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Limited Edition Tournament Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The USB Dongle actually let them produce acceptable sound. Excellent deal (WOW! $59!!)
Newegg shipping was, again, the best I have ever used/encountered in my long life.

Cons: Using the 3.5 connections I had to turn up the in-line Plantronics volume to Max to get enough volume AND my on-board sound to about 90%.
Sound was NOT as good at any volume as my old Sennheiser HD280's nor my old Plantronics DSP500s.
The Big One (CON) was that the microphone could not be made to work properly or with any volume nor consistent volume: Didn't matter what the settings were on my PC nor in Steam Chat, nor in game (where no one could hear me if there was any kind of action) Nor whether I used the USB Dongle or plugged directly into my PC microphone connection. Plantronics support, though friendly, was no help. I spent about 3 hours (a little yesterday 7/19, and about 2 1/2 hours today trying to get it to work: I was assisted by a friend locally with whom I communicated and he was able to tell me how (terrible) the sound was.
Oh yeah, my grandson tried them, just with audio, no microphone, and told me his 306's or 355's (can't remember which) sounded better!

Other Thoughts: A pity. Good looking, should have been killer sound and performance. Top rated by MaximumPC. A waste of my time and money.

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Display Name: John P.

Date Joined: 08/22/03

  • Reviews: 35
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 08/17/04
  • Last Review: 06/01/15
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