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PowerColor PCS+ AXR9 290X 8GBD5-PPDHE Radeon R9 290X 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 8GB! One of the few >4GB GPUs to be found.
Very effective 3 fan cooling. Doesn't pass 55° while heavy gaming.
Maxing out every game's settings with AMD's VSR 1440>1080p resolution and getting steady 60fps.
Fairly quiet fans.
TressFX for Tomb Raider.
Is a decent looking card from the side window. Pretty beefy looking but still kinda cool design. Glad manufacturers are putting more into the aesthetics of their GPUs now.

Cons: Huge. Not exactly a con for me, it fits nicely in a Corsair 500R but does cover a motherboard fan port I would've otherwise used.
Catalyst does not allow 2160>1080p VSR, currently stuck with 1440p. Not really a con for the card itself but for the software holding it back?
No PhysX.
Would like it to idle a few degrees cooler. Am used to ~25° and this stays ~35°.
Price is too high. Would only purchase these "open box" or bigtime sale.

Other Thoughts: I was very reluctant to purchase an R series card after all the reports of extreme heat generation and power usage. Don't believe the hype! Fight the power, uhhh. Maybe it is just PowerColor's PCS+ cooling but this card stays very near to the same maximum temps my 4GB Windforce 3X 770 did, ~50°.

If you're having problems with low vram errors with a 4GB card or just want to run Shadow of Mordor at it's highest possible settings then don't doubt the 8GB R9.
Have had no driver issues, like many complain about AMD, or any problems with the 10 or so games I've run so far. Gets 10-15fps more than the 770 it replaced but am still limited to the 60hz of my displays.
On to search for a 120hz, >1080p, 27"+ display.

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Corsair  MM200  CH-9000086-WW  Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Corsair's "EXTENDED" Edition Gaming Mouse Mat 02/03/2015

This review is from: Corsair MM200 CH-9000086-WW Extended Edition Gaming Mouse Mat

Pros: The MM200 has a very nice feel to it and comfortable to rest your hands on. It is smoother and has a little more padding than other cloth-type rubber mouse pads Ive used in the past.
It is definitely big enough for any computing situation. Easily fits any mouse and keyboard combination and probably any other tracking device you may have.
The surface is great for laser, ball, or optical tracking. It seems a bit more precise than my last similar material mouse pad and the texture has slightly less movement resistance.

Cons: This mouse mat is too big for most keyboard desk trays I've used. Almost a foot of extra space on the sides besides my keyboard and mouse area. I can't really see a practical reason for the size.
The MM200 is not very easily modified. Though it isn't very difficult to cut, it is difficult to get a straight cut without a frayed edge. Maybe a cross-shaped pattern on the bottom instead of the angled lines would make it easier to get a straighter, nicer looking edge.
A very bad odor comes from this mouse pad upon opening. I have received other items with this same burned rubber smell and it usually dissipates within a couple days, hopefully this one does also. It seems Corsair could very easily leave these items out in the open until the smell is gone before packaging.
It comes rolled up in a tube and after positioning on my keyboard tray one edge doesn't seem to want to lay flat. It has a noticeable "bump". Hopefully this flattens out over a short period of time.
I spent $10 for a pack of ten regular sized mouse pads of almost identical type material so I think the price for this is a little high.

Other Thoughts: I am glad to have this addition to my gaming system. Previously I had three of same type material mouse pads lined up across my keyboard tray that would shift and slide with little force because they didn't totally fill the space. This Corsair mat(after cutting to fit my tray) sits nicely in place covering the entire tray. It's "oversizedness " is a good thing in that respect that any user can modify it to specifically fit to their own environment.

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Corsair Sabre RGB CH-9000090-NA Black 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Corsair Sabre RGB Gaming Mouse 01/31/2015

This review is from: Corsair Sabre RGB CH-9000090-NA Black 8 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser 8200 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: The Corsair Sabre feels very nice in my hand. The texture is smooth but allows a good grip with light force. It also has a nice weight that makes it easy to move but not so that it can accidentally slide.

The Corsair Utility Software has lots of features for customization. The RGB LED lights have customization options for the 4 lights that can be changed through the Software Utility to individual colors.
Also settings can be assigned to mouse buttons to control switching up and down through six different DPI sensitivities up to 8200dpi.

The five extra mouse buttons can be programmed with either keyboard keys, macro assigned multiple key presses, special mouse options, program launching, and more. Even the default mouse buttons can be reassigned between the 8 available buttons.

Also the Corsair Sabre RGB looks pretty menacing compared to your average mouse.

Cons: The middle mouse wheel is big and has a very soft key press that makes it hard to tell if it's actually been successfully clicked. It also has a very rough forward and back roll that makes it hard to roll very far in either direction with one spin.
The worst thing about the mouse wheel is that it has no left or right click. For a gaming mouse this should be mandatory by now.

Another thing that detracts from this gaming mouse is the lack of extra mouse buttons. If it just had four more thumb buttons it would be much better for gaming.

Other Thoughts: I do really like the grip, weight, and customization options of this mouse but because of the lack of buttons I would never use it for serious gaming. If all you may be playing is shooters or very simple action games then this may be a good option for you.

If all you're doing is browsing Windows or the internet it would be perfect at a lower price.

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