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This review is from: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System
Pros: Clean sound and hard-hitting subwoofer. I used this for my HTPC setup and this combined with my projector served me and my family well when we had movie night. It was like being in a theater and all of our movies would come to life, you could feel it. I'd see these are equal to a decent ~$300 soundbar system.
Cons: My review is not just based on how this thing sounded when it worked but also on reliability. I had this system for two years and RARELY moved it or unplugged it. Well just this year when we moved, I set it up and reconnected it to my PC and the subwoofer doesn't work. I thought maybe there was some type of setting issue because the other speakers were working so I updated the firmware to the latest and I turned on and off several time the night mode (it's been known to disable the subwoofer). and none of it worked.
Other Thoughts: Now I'm stuck with a $250 desktop speakers without a working subwoofer. I was extremely disappointed because I read all the reviews online and in magazines and I took a risk with a company that is not known for its speakers and I came out on the losing end. My Logitech 5.1 system that I have for 7 years w/my gaming PC is still going strong.
At the end of the day, reliability goes a long way and these are simply not reliable - there was no rhyme or reason why these stopped working, not physical damage and no loose wiring (I opened up the subwoofer box to check) - probably a faulty logic board but my speakers are out of warranty and the cost to ship and fix is not worth it. As such I cannot recommend these speakers - too bad because I love corsair (my CPU cooler, case, PSU and fans are all Corsair brand).
Pros: Excellent price for a very capable care. Feels sturdy enough and appears to have ample cooling
Cons: - Did not work correctly out of the box. I tried it in 2 different PCs with same results:
- Windows booted but as soon as I initialized a game it would restart my PC - this is a PC with an 850W psu - plenty of power (used two GTX 680s in SLI w/same PSU no problem)
- Tried it in a different PC w/OCZ 600W PSU, crashed that PC as well and caused artifacting and random grids and crashed.
- tried in both PCs with clean installs and newest AMD drivers (not beta). returned for RMA
Other Thoughts: - I've had similar issues with previous PowerColor GPUs and had to RMA. Their RMA process is not that bad, however these cards are cheap for a reason, not as good quality control. I've used 6950s before so if you get a working one, this is on par with a new AMD R7 360 and definitely worth the price - just know their's a risk of getting a dud like I did.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I purchased this a couple months ago for my Z77 Sabertooth and it has been running perfectly stable since day one. The correct timings were set when I enabled XMP. I have since overclocked my system and it running above 1600mhz and I've had no BSODs or issues whatsoever. I am very pleased on how stable this RAM is and would purchase again in a heartbeat. Then again I've had very good experience with Gskill RAM.
Cons: Orange is not exactly my first choice, although I didn't buy this for looks.
Other Thoughts: I purchased 2 sets of this RAM for a total of 32GB for my system when it was on sale. It's a bit overkill but I like the flexibility to use RAM drive and stuff. If you're getting 32GB of ram, you should really buy a single kit of 4 to ensure compatability. I did not and have had no problems whatsoever, even in an overclocked environment, I may be lucky but I think it's a testament to the quality of this ram.
-Although the RAM is orange, it is more of a metallic orange rather than the orange portrayed in the picture. Needless to say, it looks better in person.
Here's my system:
Corsair H50 closed loop CPU cooler
ASUS Z77 Sabertooth MOBO
32GB 1600mhz G.Skill Ares (4x8GB)
2x 128GB OCZ Vertex4 in Raid 0
3TB Hitachi / 2TB Seagate
2x Nvidia GTX 680 in SLI
850W Cooler Master PSU
SB X-FI PCIe
Asus blu-ray drive/ LG blu-ray burner
Xigimax card reader
Case-CM Storm Enforcer