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This review is from: ROCCAT Kave 5.1 - Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Pros: The build quality is excellent, metal hinges and sturdy plastic body. The ear cups are deep and the cushioning on them is comfortable even after long periods of use. If you configure your sound card right they sound better than a standard headset even for listening to music, of course these are not going to sound as good as a high end headset as they are best suited for gaming. Speaking of gaming or movie watching they offer a great surround experience that is almost on par with an actual surround system. The microphone is detachable and sounds good for in game chat.
Cons: The biggest problem with these is the headband, it is probably the worst design ever. The cushion is divided into 3 pieces that have just a little padding around the edges. This wouldn't be a problem but the band has a odd angle that makes the plastic edge of the cushion dig into your head. In order to wear this headset for a while you will need to set something under the headband. The other complaint I have is as others may have said there is a slight hiss from the amp in the controller. The hiss isn't bad enough to notice unless it is dead quiet but it shouldn't be there at all.
Other Thoughts: I am using the integrated sound from my motherboard (it has a 108db signal to noise ratio) using the EQ and some of the other option I was able to get music to sound just fine. Also I wish the cord was about 2 feet longer on the headphone side of the controller.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This card can play new games with most settings maxed out on a 1080 display and get well over 30 FPS. It runs cool and the fans are quiet even under a full load, I don't even notice the noise over my case fans. Can connect to 3 monitors without needing expensive display port adapters. The drivers support 3D without a 3rd party application even for non-NVIDIA approved monitors. It uses 30 watts less power than my old card when the computer is idling. The card looks nice with a back-plate and metal shroud
Cons: This card is long, it is almost a foot long. I had to modify my case to get it to fit, at least until I can afford a new one. It is quite expensive, it alone probably costs as much as the rest of the components in my computer. When under a load you could use this as a space heater, my whole system draws about 550 watts
under load so you can imagine the heat. Non of these cons where worth deducting an egg though they are something to take note of however.
Other Thoughts: I upgraded to this from a HIS IceQX AMD Radeon HD7770 GHz edition. The performance gains were not as high as I hoped but it was worth the price. Also I do not like the NVIDIA drivers as much as the AMD ones the UI feels a little out of date.
-AMD FX8120 8-core OC 4.0GHz
-Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 Motherboard
-8Gb of RAM
-NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780GHz
-675 watt PSU
-ViewSonic 23" 1080p 3D monitor
-2 other random monitors I use for productivity tasks
Pros: Absolutely amazing! The screen is crystal clear, has an anti glare finish, and is bright enough to use outdoors. The laptop is made of plastic but feels very sturdy. It's Connectivity is amazing, the on-board WiFi has good range and it has Bluetooth to connect to peripherals and other devices. The instant wake up is very convenient it is ready to use immediately after opening the screen. The battery lasts about 4 hours on balanced mode. It handles basic functions like multi-tab web browsing and word processing very well, and can even do some mid range gaming.
Cons: The graphics memory maxes out at 512Mb even with 8Gb of ram installed
Other Thoughts: I bought this laptop as an upgrade from an old Toshiba Satellite and I am absolutely thrilled with it. I added another 4Gb ram module and it was very easy, there is one cover to remove on the bottom for accessing the ram, hard drive, and disk drive.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Derek J.
Date Joined: 09/29/10
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