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This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: -Great list of features
-Well organized BIOS setup
-Plenty of documentation provided
-Huge amount of space to work with
This is my first ASRock board, but its also my first Intel build in over a decade, having gone from a Phenom II x6 1050t to an i5 4690k- their was a world of difference in just setting everything up. Luckily the motherboard layout itself was quite good, however I'm a little alarmed by the reviews about this motherboard and keep crossing my fingers that I don't run into any issues.
I also am basically working with 4-5 year old components i.e. RAM is DDR3, but quite old now, also my current videocard is a 560ti, but these components I'm happy to report, are working just fine after placing them into the new motherboard.
I'm fairly happy with everything except the price, and admittedly I wasn't really sure about the SLi feature, but once again- it seems like a solid board.
Cons: None so far.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat (Jewel Case) PC Game
Pros: It is the hands down best experience in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. The entire series lead itself to this point. Though the story is a little slower to get going, the overall scope and gameplay is much more refined than previous outings. Gone are the tutorial-like introductions that Clear Sky practically hemorrhaged from- this time you are dropped in like a newborn baby into a strange land full of mutants, odd caverns, anomalies, abandoned buildings, and the finale of the once beautiful city of Pripyat now in decay. The men that you will meet in this new place are full of secrets, some wish to help you and others will simply take advantage of you for their own gain. Around the corner their is always some new horror waiting for you- in Call of Pripyat.
Cons: The difficulty curve bothers people, I don't get it, I love this kind of experience in my game. If I'm not getting murdered over radioactive relics in a nuclear decaying nightmare zone, then something isn't right. The story takes awhile to get going and their are in fact some scenarios that are downright impossible unless you are prepared for them. Anomalies can occasionally kill you instantly, mutants are much deadlier than the first two games. Your equipment tends to fall apart a lot faster unless you've been upgrading it. Upgrading equipment is a little tedious, as is finding special tool sets for specific "fixer-uppers" quality of work and what you are allowed to upgrade. Initially money is hard to get a lot of very quickly considering the game is implying you'll need. Without the right kind of equipment you can get placed in "un-winnable" situations. With the last minute support of DirectX 11, you will likely see very little difference from Directx 10.
Other Thoughts: This is the last great Stalker game. The mistakes made in Clear sky are all hammered out here, glitches are much fewer and farther between one another too, also with the support of Direct X 11 you'll find that the games engine was simple never meant to support it. The games engine, though ambitious and charming, is not up to the task of running beyond DirectX 9 sadly. It is still missing some of what made Shadow Of Chernobyl an unmistakeably amazing first chapter.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Absolutely great- two of the SATA III HDD's teamed up for a small Raid 0 config were very fast. Good cache sizes too. First time with a Samsung hardware product and it seemed like good deal.
Cons: One of them failed for no reason after about 6 months. I downloaded Samsung's HDD utility to check to see if the other one was gonna be alright- its still working just fine, but I'll never be buying a Samsung HDD in the future.READ FULL REVIEW