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Creative  Inspire T3300 2.1 Speaker System
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2 out of 5 eggs Very Disappointing 05/04/2013

This review is from: Creative Inspire T3300 2.1 Speaker System

Pros: I can't find a pro..

Cons: See below..

Other Thoughts: I decided it was time to replace my Creative T3000 system after 7 years of use, they were quite beat up. I purchased these T3300's, expecting same-class performance, but NO, these are not even close to the T3000, which were the same retail price 7 years ago. I am no audiophile, but these sound downright lousy and I can't live with them. I could tell within a few seconds that these were going back. I have a hard time understanding all of these good reviews! I tried them through a Creative X-Fi Titanium and onboard Realtek ALC892, bad and bad. The build quality is also poor, very light, cheap plastic, very disposable. The shiny surface on one speakers came scuffed. Creative seems to be slipping. These speakers would make more sense at the $20 price point. If you are wanting quality sound at a budget, get some decent headphones. Headphones will always have better frequency ranges than computer speaker systems. If you spend the same amount on a quality set of headphones you will be blown away. If you want good desktop/entertainment system speakers, avoid these and spend more..

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great card (as you can see from my previous review)

Cons: Must install software of it will overheat (see other thoughts) Not a con, just something that is easy to overlook. I see people complaining about high fermi temps all over the internet, but I do not think most people realize that you need fan profiles..

Other Thoughts: MAKE SURE THAT YOU INSTALL EVGA PRECISION!! (or any fan controller) The fan will just stay at one speed and the card overheat if you do not. I typically just avoid all manufacturer drivers/programs and just install the NVIDIA drivers. In this case, that was a bad idea. I was getting high temps around 85C while gaming. I then relized that my fan was not adjusting. I installed EVGA Precision, and now the fan throttles properly. Temps now rarely go over 70C.

MSI Z68A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Appears to be a quality board and has been stable for several days of stress testing. Overclocked my 2500k to a modest 4.2ghz, with plenty of room to go. 8-phase power and high quality transistors are favorable.

Cons: I am docking this one egg for poor driver support. When trying to manually download the drivers from the MSI site, there is one cryptically labeled zip with no OS description. When I try to run setup, it says "does not support your version of Windows". I am running Windows7-64. At least they could tell you what it DOES work on. MSI Live update is VERY junky software. I tried to get the drivers, but it was impossibly slow and encountered many errors. I gave up and had to use some of the drivers off of the disk..

My BIOS temperatures are not correct. I used Real Temp and Coretemp, and their temps agreed with each other. The bios is about 10+ degrees warmer.

Other Thoughts: OC Genie seems pretty gimmicky and worthless, but I used it anyway. It simply sets the sandy bridge multiplier to a predetermined 42 (4.2ghz), it is not smart in any way. I could have set the multiplier in two clicks, but I just hit the OC Genie button instead.


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Display Name: Cody M.

Date Joined: 08/19/02

  • Reviews: 33
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  • First Review: 12/12/06
  • Last Review: 05/04/13
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