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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The reason to purchase the i7-3770k is due to the core not being locked down. This processor offers you the ability to manipulate clock settings to ramp up speed or to slow it down.

The i7 has been flawless on two consistently running motherboards. Both machines have been overclocked to 4.6 GHz and run with no issues.

Well worth the money spent on it.

Cons: Cost?! If I could get one for free I would take it :)

Rocksmith Guitar And Bass PC Game
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Could be better 09/24/2013

This review is from: Rocksmith Guitar And Bass PC Game

Pros: I've been using the Rocksmith (version 1) software for a while now. The simplicity of the software is fairly good. However, the unlimited configurations to make the software function correctly (on a Windows machine) is daunting for any company. There are multiple things which are beneficial;
1) An interface that tries to juggle many different aspects of playing.
2) A simple interface for people used to tinkering
3) A large assortment of downloadable songs

Cons: The improvement list is long and definitely should be implemented for version 2.
1) Improve the User Interface! For those users that can't stand having to repeatedly mash buttons or click with the mouse to exit the software, you know how terrible version 1 software is. This interface needs a complete overhaul to make it usable.
2) Due to my high level of skill, I find mistakes in the 'tablature' or songs which I could easily modify and fix for myself. Why is this type of feature not available for users? The ability to have user edits in songs would be beneficial for those that use the product. When examining the song 'More Than A Feeling' the tablature is not even close to what is actually played on stage (nor does it sound correct). however, if the user can edit the song information them self, no additional edits would need to come directly from Ubisoft.
3) Provide feedback to users about their skill level. This isn't needed to demean users but to provide feedback to let them know how they compare with other users. The scaling system provides 'some of this type of information but it could be fairly specific like; novice, intermediate novice, beginner, intermediate beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate, etc...
4) When skill levels get high, why is the software adding notes into the song signature? Make the software sticks to the actual recorded segment and make sure the notes that are showing up are 100% accurate.
5) Make sure a bevy of information is available to users for the next product. Have tutorials about using the software (getting the software operational on a machine) are at the forefront.
6) For those people that don't enjoy 'tinkering' make sure the Interface is as simple to use as possible. Correct the layout and make the interface cohesive.
7) Make sure the interfacing with an instrument is delved into to provide as much useful feedback as is possible.
8) Make sure song additions are easily added to the interface. I did this on more than one occasion and did have difficulty due to the following; a) no instructions were provided b) the information you in the interface was not explained very well. This is something that could easily be fixed.

Other Thoughts: The UI seems to be seriously lacking design consideration. It might help to have the interface arranged in a circular pattern rather than have all those separated screens. Users can easily rest a mouse on the selection they want if it is designed properly.

I find that the issues I encountered were on a recurring basis. Most likely I will purchase Rocksmith 2 and hope that some of these things will have been addressed.

Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Excellent Performance - Poor Instructions 08/14/2013

This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes

Pros: This CPU fan and heat sink easily can rest on an Intel i7 microprocessor on an Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard. The fan and heatsink are mounted over the top of G.Skill Trident X memory on my motherboard. As a result I have a couple of caveats that make it difficult to properly mount any type of cooler. 1) The memory size is pretty high. The Trident X chips have a heat spreader on the top which increases their height. Therefore, I needed a solution that would not force me to take off the heat spreaders. 2) The Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard has a water cooled motherboard mounted L shaped cooler mounted near the microprocessor. This forces the user to mount the Gemin II S524 in a direction that is not restricted from the aforementioned issues.

The fan is very quite while running even when the microprocessor is very busy. Most games I am playing push the microprocessor to perform much stronger than just keying information into a web browser. However, the performance (thanks to information take out of Asus AI Suite II (version 2.01.01) shows the CPU at 34 degrees Celsius and the Motherboard at 37 degrees Celsius. I would assume that the CPU temperature scales upward when the microprocessor gets busy with running games. I know that the EVGA Precision X software shows my graphics card chugging along at around 70 degrees Celsius when the machine is being pushed hard with a game. My screen size is 1920X1080 for everything. Thus, graphically the video card is constantly being pushed for frame rates in anything with video content.

For the i7 3770k, it has an unlocked core -thus you can 'overclock' the microprocessor. Of course doing this will significantly increase the temperature of the microprocessor. The i7 3770k microprocessor runs at 3.5 Gigahertz speeds by default. However, the Asus TurboV EVO software can easily push the microprocessor to 4.6 Gigahertz. I tested the motherboard along with an i7 at 4.6 Gigahertz along with the fan and had no issues at all. I think this type of exceptional performance should be known to anyone attempting to do the same thing. However, I have some specific settings for the equipment. It maintained these settings for 48 hours before I reset it to run at stock speeds.

Overall, I was exceptionally satisfied with the performance, the nearly silent running mode, the extended 4-pin PWM connector (which allowed me to plug into a fan header on the opposite side of the motherboard practically).

Cons: There is one drawback to these type of products which is more than slightly annoying - Instructions!

The exceptionally brief description of mounting the fan was truly aggravating for an end user. Thankfully, I knew most of the information I needed to know to properly mount the fan. However, I still had to search for a video online from Cooler Master that described the mounting process for the Gemin II S524 before I completed the installation.

This lack of information is truly frustrating for customers. It is imperative that video links be provided in any documentation making its way to a customer. Personally, I would make sure customers received a DVD with a video on it. I have an Intel i7 microprocessor. I am sure the video content would need to be changed to something different for an AMD processor. Having the instructions on an easily viewed disc (with the fan and heatsink) would provide customers with the instruction set they long to read/understand.

Because this item is such a crucial step of the build process, I find it imperative that Cooler Master provide this type of instruction for anyone that purchases their products.

Other Thoughts: Simply providing good documentation for customers would elevate this product to a 5 star rating


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