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This review is from: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM Active PFC F3) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Hasw
Pros: - Silent. I am running a GTX 1070 and core i5, and the PSU fan doesn't even turn on when gaming.
- Cool-running (see above).
- Rounded 24-pin cable and flat ribbons for everything else.
- I don't have a PSU tester, but jonny guru found it met and exceeded 80 Plus Gold (KM3 review)
Cons: - PSU side of 24-pin cable was a bit stiff to plug in.
- Not necessarily a minus, but the PEG cables only have one 6+2 connector on the end. This was not a negative for me, as my GPU only needed 1 8-pin, and I appreciated not having a loose 8/6 pin dangling, but ppl with dual power ports on their GPU will have to use 2 cables (4 area supplied with the PSU).
- The KM F3 revision of this PSU no longer includes the velcro pouch to house the cables that came with the original X650. Personally, I think the cable pouch would be much more useful to users than the velvet PSU bag, since nobody needs a bag to store their PSU in when it's installed in their system, but it's nice to have something to keep and organize your spare cables in. How about it, Seasonic?
- Fan mode selector (Hybrid/Normal) is on the front of the PSU instead of the back, making it hard to reach once installed, but really, you only need to set it to Hybrid once and then forget about it.
Other Thoughts: This is the third Seasonic-manufactured PSU I have owned, and the first Seasonic-branded one. I have always been very happy with their quality, design and performance, and the X650 is the best I've owned yet (the other ones were a Corsair 520HX and a PC P&C 550W modular unit).
The hybrid fan is really well tuned, as it doesn't even need to turn on when I'm gaming, since my system draw is sub-300W while gaming. My system is much quieter with the Seasonic X650 than with my previous unit (a Corsair CX500M made by CWT), and the PSU runs very cool due to its high efficiency (can barely feel any heat from its vents even with full system load).
Seasonic pioneered the DC-DC conversion that has since become more popular with high-end PSUs, so the X650 is no longer as unique as it was 5 years ago, but the KM F3 shows that they really still know what they're doing. Highly recommended.
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.