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Pros: Enough horsepower to make games playable at 3840x2160.
Works with older architecture PCIE systems - makes it a great bang-for-the-buck upgrade.
Very quiet when idle

Cons: None, with the possible exception of the price being higher than it really should be because demand is so high. This should go away within a few months.

Other Thoughts: In Nov 2015, I bought a 4k Seiki 43" tv with the intent of using it as a monitor. I thought having 4 remote desktop sessions at 1920x1080, all fully visible on the same monitor would be a great way to work. My older 650TI boost could not drive it though, and the user experience was just awful enough that I could only comfortably use the tv at 1920x1080, and the video quality was pretty bad because it wasn't the native resolution. This card solved all of that, and then some. Now I have a very sharp and clear 4-session desktop, and games run at native without judder or tearing.

My setup is a 6-year-old Q9550/P45/DDR2 system that just keeps chugging on, but I did swap out the card into a newer Z170 system to see if I got some huge boost in gameplay performance. I couldn't see any notable differences, so that makes it clear to me that this card is a great value proposition. I may eventually spring for the $450 upgrade cost to go to an i5-6600k, Z170 mainboard, and DDR4, but I already know that the difference in performance that will make is very minor by comparison.

I would recommend this card for anyone with a work/play system and a desire to keep costs reasonable. Note that there is a 3GB model of this card, and you should be very careful to avoid that version if you are intending to do 4k gaming.

SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW
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Pros: Fast.

Stable still after 2 months.

Cons: No mounting screw included. I had a new mainboard with the full range of M.n size mountings. No screw with the mainboard or the drive? I had to go dig through some laptop hardware to find the correct size, and bracket and hole only matched up after a little forcing. I'm not really thrilled about doing that.

Other Thoughts: Yes, I would recommend this drive because it is so fast.

Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown
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5 out of 5 eggs Great feel, backlight is subdued and pleasant 08/10/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown

Pros: The obvious - the tactile feel of the cherry mx brown keys.

Not so obvious: the build quality is pretty close to some of the IBM and Micron keyboards I've held onto for years. Corsair may have used plastic, but it is heavy, stable, and solid-feeling.

Cons: Not all that excited about red backlighting. Very soft white or yellow would have been what I would choose.

Other Thoughts: The name of the product includes "GAMING" twice. Come on. This isn't on par with any of the real gaming keyboards with macro keys and media controllers. Fail. But for the price, it's a great business-class keyboard.


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Display Name: Clayton P.

Date Joined: 11/12/02


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  • First Review: 09/27/07
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