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Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse
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5 out of 5 eggs Corsair Continues to Impress 04/11/2016

This review is from: Corsair Gaming SCIMITAR RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse

Pros: The mouse itself is made of solid plastic and aluminum throughout, nothing notable here. It feels like every other mouse I've held. It's sturdy -- it doesn't rattle, there's no loose components, and I'm certainly not worried about breaking anything even during intense gaming sessions. The wheel scrolls easily, with a soft tick between each scroll. Some mice require strong pressure for the wheel click, fortunately this is not the case for the Scimitar, as the wheel click is very easy pressed and depressed with minimal effort. This is a job well done for the physical construction of the mouse.

The clicks themselves feel great. Light pressure, distinct, no feedback in the mouse itself (the mouse doesn't 'shake' when you click), no rattling on press or depress for any of the clicks or buttons.

As a bonus, the cord itself is braided. It bends and twists with ease very little rigidity.

Moving on to the software, there's a lot to take in. First and foremost, EVERY button on the mouse is 100% customizable. You can send any combination of keystroke or multiple keystrokes, along with codable macros. I'm also glad to see the DPI buttons are also customizable.

The mouse has FIVE LEDs: The wheel, the logo, the keypad, the front, and the keypad keys themselves. Of those, all are totally customizable except the keypad light, which can only be set to solid colors. The choices for the other LEDs include cycling colors, pulse, and a rotating rainbow pattern. You can completely disable an LED by setting its color to black.

All of these features are controlled via the Corsair Utility you need to install on your PC. It also manages firmware updates and other basic settings like your DPI and profiles. The 'Action Editor' allows you to record and edit macros, along with creating more complicated macros. It also controls functional buttons like video/audio/browser input. For all the lifters out there, the software also includes an adjustable lift height setting!

Corsair managed to include everything you might need into the software suite, so I'm glad to say it exceeded my expectations.

All in all, this is one of the best mice I have ever used, period. It blows all other MMO mice out of the water. Corsair left (almost) no stones unturned with the Scimitar, giving the user every possible way to customize and alter the experience to their liking.

Cons: No weights included. This is an MMO mouse, so it's not "designed" to play twitch shooters or other action games, so the weights are unnecessary to certain extent. On a premium product like this, it's expected though. If you're picky about mouse weight then you'll need to physically test the mouse first before you can decide if it's right for you.

The colors of the keypad light are tied exclusively to your DPI setting, which means it can only be changed to 5 solid colors, based on your customizable DPI. If that is problematic for you, the LED can be disabled entirely. I should note the backlight of the keypad keys themselves is separate, and customizable.

Other Thoughts: This mouse is best suited for palm or hybrid grips. Claw grip would probably be sufficient, if you really wanted an MMO mouse. I wouldn't recommend it at all for fingertip grips. The mouse is slightly heavier than other similar mice, plus the thumb keypad makes it harder to grip. So the way you hold the mouse will drastically impact your ability to maneuver it. This mouse is LARGE and HEAVY -- shop carefully!

Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
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5 out of 5 eggs Still the best AIO cooler on the market! 03/08/2016

This review is from: Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i V2 Extreme Performance Water / Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: Running an overclocked 4670k, 1.25v @ 4.4 GHz. Stock cooler at stock settings had me at 70C+ load (ouch), my aftermarket tower heatsink dropped me into the mid-60C range. The H100i V2 took another whopping 20C off, dropping me into the low 40's while overclocked. Simply amazing.

I am consistently impressed at ease of installation (especially for Intel-based rigs), lack of space used, and of course the airflow orientation for the radiator -- Blowing heat straight out of the chassis! AIO Watercoolers are really the best thing to happen to PC cooling in many, many years and I'm glad to see Corsair continue to innovate and push even better designs.

Corsair still remains among the best PC hardware companies in the world. I've dealt with their CS a few times now for various products and they always bend over backwards to make sure I'm happy. I've been buying their products for over a decade and they've earned me as a loyal customer over the years.

I'm really enjoying the new, flexible tubes as well. MUCH easier to install than some of my past watercoolers. And of course, Corsair Link is a great piece of software. Monitors temperatures, fan speed, and allows for the LED colors to be changed easily via desktop application.

Cons: The stock fans are... adequate. I would really advise replacing these with some higher pressure models if you value noise/efficiency. If you're looking to stick with Corsair, the SP (Static Pressure) series is designed for radiators. The AF series will also work well.

Also I'm not sure if it was the screws provided or the mounting holes themselves but I had some issues getting screws to attach properly, which is an odd problem to have. I was worried about stripping them but it seems to have worked out fine, but it's still something to be careful about.

Some AMD sockets will REQUIRE the original backplate for mounting, so make sure you have that available if you intend to use the H100i V2 on AMD rigs.

Other Thoughts: This is a simple rebrand of the existing H100i with a few minor changes to the color strips and cables. I was hoping for the next iteration of watercoolers from Corsair but I guess there's only so much room to improve on existing near-perfect designs!

I used MX-4 thermal paste for my testing because I have a giant tube of it, however the stock paste provided by Corsair is also excellent.

GIGABYTE GA-X99P-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: This is now my 3rd Gigabyte board from this generation of products and I'm consistently impressed at how they are constantly improving, particularly with recent BiOS updates and build quality.

Has all of the latest features including M2 + Thunderbolt3 support, USB Type-C, and I'm enjoying the new LED control features as well!

Rock solid build from top-to-bottom, full solid caps and chokes, gold plated, reinforced brackets, and more. This is an absolute tank of a motherboard and I'm glad to see Gigabyte continuing to push the standards in that regard. Installation went smoothly, the wide screw holes were a nice bonus but not something I would actively seek in a motherboard.

This board is noticably thicker than other comparable boards. I think it has something to do with the thick copper traces Gigabyte is using, or perhaps they're using more layers in the PCB itself. Whatever it is they're doing, it makes the board incredibly sturdy. You won't experience any bending when installing hardware (especially heatsinks) or moving the board around.

As always, setup was instantaneous. Everything detected perfectly, including my SSDs, HDDs, and RAM (XMP Profile). BiOS is snappy, plenty of options/modes for customization. Everything was a breeze and I had no issues setting it up or overclocking! I'm not currently experiencing any Thunderbolt3 driver issues in Windows.

Cons: My eternal complaint: More fan headers! At this point I know it's a fruitless effort but I dream of the day we can hook up 5+ fans to our motherboards!

Would have preferred some extenders for the headers on a board like this. But it's more of a quality of life improvement to make assembly easier.

Also, I'm not sure the gold plating makes any difference, it's supposed to enhance reliability but I'm not sure if we'll ever see proof of that. Those kinds of features can be expected on premium products like this, though.

Other Thoughts: Despite the name, this board does support CrossFire. Also, this board utilizes QUAD CHANNEL memory even though the slot setup appears dual channel at first glance.

I have an inconclusive opinion on the 'gamer LAN' feature that a lot of boards seem to be utilizing recently. You can run the app to manage ping/bandwidth for your apps, if that's something that your interested in -- it's worth a look! Although in my experience, they have never made a difference. It might be worth experimenting with if you have a slow network speed.

When pairing this board with a lower-end Broadwell (5820K), please be aware of the limited PCI-E lanes when it comes to multi-GPU setups & M2 combinations (x16 / x8). You can monitor and control bandwidth allocation via BiOS, and please ensure you use the proper slots for maximum bandwidth. This WILL cause problems if you're not careful!

If you're after a top-tier X99 board loaded to the brim with features, this is definitely the board you're looking for. Just make sure you actually need everything this board offers!


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