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Pros: - Monitor (refurb) arrived with original packaging and all cables but missing protective plastic sheets, very good condition.
- No dead pixels
- Good color gamut, no banding and decent viewing angles. This is an 8-bit TN panel with 10-bit FRC!
- ULMB makes the 2D desktop and watching movies a joy; very crisp and clear images. Even good for gaming!
- G-Sync is even better for gaming than ULMB - motion is super fluid
- Base and stand very well build and rock-solid
- Just works. Enable G-sync in the nvidia control panel, you can leave v-sync on or off, and it still works! Even works with borderless windowed, which Freesync doesn't (as far as I'm aware as of this writing).
- Menu is easy to use and navigate with the joystick
Cons: - Warm preset is a little too warm but still more pleasant than Cool preset, User custom can be a good compromise but hard to find that sweet spot.
- Characteristic TN yellow cast to whites but not as bad as most other TN panels
- Menu only has a single color preset for G-Sync, and another for ULMB. More custom presets would be welcome.
- Some off-axis color shift, but color inversion only happens at extreme angles
- USB hub doesn't work with monitor turned off, can take a while for windows to find mouse and keyboard after power on
- Only a single DP input, some later G-sync panels have HDMI/DVI as well
- Some of the ASUS ROG detailing looks a bit cheap, but that's not enough to knock any stars off.
- Switching refresh rate with the Turbo button can be very slow and laggy.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm very happy with this product. I've heard some complaints about the longevity of this display, fingers crossed and I'll try to post an update if anything untoward happens. The monitor is very good for both 2D tasks and watching movies as well as its primary purpose: smooth as silk gaming.
EDIT 06/27/16: Monitor is still holding strong. Better yet, found an ICC profile from pcmonitors.info review that raised the gamma to 2.20, and saturation is much improved. It looks as good as my secondary AVHA now, and vastly superior for video and gaming.
This review is from: ROCCAT Kova RGB Performance Gaming Mouse - White
Pros: - Symmetric shape with low (for a gaming mouse) profile accommodates both finger and palm users comfortably
- Tactile and responsive Omron switches on LMB and RMB
- Other buttons (7 + mouse wheel) are also comfortable to use
- Smooth and precise tracking, very responsive (tested at a variety of dpi up to 3500; did not use 7000 dpi Overdrive mode. Running it at 1000 Hz polling)
- Not too heavy for a gaming mouse (am not a fan of gaming mice weighing in the 200 gram range these days), well balanced
- Smartcast (the extra left and right buttons) is a godsend; I now want it in every mouse!
- Can be run without the Swarm software; the mouse stores up to 5 profiles in it once programmed
Cons: - Lighting intensity is not user configurable. You can have it blink, breathe and change colors, and control the rate, but not the intensity. Fortunately, the LEDs are not too gaudy nor too bright.
- Lift off distance is not user configurable. I have found it to be around 4mm, which is fine for me, but may not suit everyone.
Other Thoughts: This is a great mouse for the price. I plugged it in, installed the Swarm software (which ran without a hitch on my Win10 desktop, using Swarm v1.45 as of this writing) and after configuring the mouse, was back up to speed very quickly. The learning curve was very short as the motion of the mouse is very smooth and predictable (turned acceleration off). I have average sized hands (7.5" length, 8.2" span) and found the mouse comfortable to use in both claw and palm grip (I'm predominantly a claw grip user).
The mouse top surface is made of a matte plastic that is grippy without being tacky. It does not feel cheap, nor does it feel especially premium, but has been comfortable for me to use so far. It does not show fingerprints, but only time will tell how the white finish responds to bodily oils and the elements.
I've been very pleased with the mouse in the short time I've had it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable ambidextrous gaming mouse that is comfortable and performs well.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION
Pros: Great performance @ 1440p. Runs cool under load (75C) and idle (27C). Note that temps quoted are in a cramped uATX case, thermal performance should be even better in cases with lots of airflow. Quiet fans inaudible at idle, noticeable but not loud at load. Sustains maximum boost in multi-hour sessions. 3xDP and up to 5 simultaneous video outputs.
Cons: Cooler shroud is a little flimsy, and the PCB could use a backplate for rigidity. Card is 12.20" long, so check your case for compatibility. As with all GTX 970 cards, the last 512 MB of VRAM is slower than the rest, but as long as your game doesn't use more than 3.5GB of VRAM, the price/performance of the 970 is fantastic. Sadly, the fans do not completely spin down at idle, but it makes up for it with amazing idle temps (typ. only 1-2C higher than case temps).
Other Thoughts: The Windforce is a great GTX 970 card if you have room for it. The cooler can't be beat for pure air cooling, and it is quiet enough that there is no noticeable tradeoff in terms of noise. 3xDP is a great output cluster choice, as G-sync only accepts DP, should you choose to go that way. Note that this card is compatible with MSI Afterburner (tested), and presumably with evga PrecisionX tuning and monitoring software, should you decide you prefer them to Gigabyte's own OC Genie II. Lastly, since the cooler is not wider than the PCB, the 12.2" Windforce actually ended up being easier to install in my case (Silverstone Precision PS-09) than my previous 10.2" long MSI 760.READ FULL REVIEW