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Pros: Looked hard to find this little gem. Had to get this to use the AFT PRO-57U card reader. This one works because of the placement of the 20 pin port. Others would not work because the 20 pin cable end was too big.
This card matches USB 3.0 transfer speeds on all ports and is a great upgrade either for the card reader I mentioned or if you are simply upgrading to a case with front panel USB 3. Detects in Windows 7 with no issues.
Other Thoughts: This does require a molex power cable to be properly powered - it is NOT optional, as I found out. If it isn't detected, make sure all cables and card are seated snugly and properly. I forgot about molex power plug on initial install.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: After researching specs and listening/reading endless reviews, I took the plunge and I have to say without reservation, these headphones are awesome. The sound stage is excellent. While they are not noise cancelling, they comfortable cover the ear with the closed cup design and their innovative headband that never needs adjusting regardless of your head size.
Bear in mind that while these will work well with on-board sound, these are designed to be best used with a powered audio jack like the one provided on the Asus Xonar Essence. With 30ohms resistance, when these are properly powered, the quality quite literally is breathtaking. Also I read a couple of reviews that indicated that there is little bass - I will correct them here - when properly powered, these can drive bass so load that it feels like the cups are coming off the ears - of course this isn't good for your ears - but yes these do perform. The high grade braided cord is a huge plus and a nice long length.
Cons: Only con I can see at this point is that I see they are currently deactivated - I hope they are bringing them back because these are that good - yes good enough to venture elsewhere if Newegg opts to not carry them.
Other Thoughts: Like any other high quality headphone - remember that these perform best when used with a powered audio jack. The poor reviews indicated thus far seem to indicate poor performance, I can assure you when these are properly powered - they are awesome. Look into also upgrading your sound card when considering these or any other high end headphone - in order to get the quality and performance, they have to be powered properly. For these, the Asus Xonar Essence STX is the perfect combo for the audiophile.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Works fantastic with ASUS Rampage III Formula. Like many other reviews here, the true test is time. System originally detects @ 1333, but when the correct XMP (extreme memory profile) is selected, I was successfully able to achieve a stable 4.2 Ghz overclock with minimal effort on an Intel i7 970. Ran successfully for 7 months at these speeds. I geared CPU down to stock a few months ago to preserve CPU life for the long term, but wanted to let everyone know that this RAM was rock solid every step of the way.
Cons: This is NOT a con but a frustration in that I am ready to get my second set for 12 GB on this board, but like many great products here at Newegg, it consistently sells out and now that the motherboard standards are moving away from the LGA1366 platform, I urge anyone who needs this RAM not to wait. Eventually it will become very scarce. Still waiting for AUTONOTIFY to let me know they have this back in stock =)
Other Thoughts: Relevant Config:
ASUS Rampage III Formula (LGA1366)
6 Gb F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM 1600 RAM
waiting for 6 Gb more
Heh, I was hoping to upload a jpg of my Windows 7 Performance Index - looks like only videos are allowed but I wanted all of you to know that this RAM scored the only 7.9 (perfect score) on an overall 7.8 rated system performance index. Very impressed with this quality and stability.