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This review is from: ASUS Xonar DSX 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Audio Card
Pros: -Worked great.. While it worked..
Cons: -Fail's to output sound after 4 months
-Drivers are complete garbage (Had to scour the internet for an hour to find working drivers)
Other Thoughts: I've owned this for 4 months, it was kept in a dust-free case with high ventilation and low moisture and it just now failed. I kid you not, it just failed right now around 15 minutes ago. I was listening to music, my computer crashed, computer came back and now I only have sound through my soundcard.
I didn't even change anything even REMOTELY related to drivers, this card is total junk. If you want my advice pay the extra $20-$30 and get something better because this thing has been nothing but a pain in my side since I bought it. Ironically enough this failure comes from running on a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0, we'll see if the motherboard lasts much longer than this shoddy sound card.
And this also comes after getting back my RMA'd Tiamat 7.1 headset, which is now WORKING but now I have to get a new sound card too. Completely disappointed, I'll refrain from ASUS sound cards until they get their own hardware in order.
Pros: -Extremely easy overclocking (The only reason I didn't reach 5.5Ghz is because my current Corsair H80 can't keep up with the heat this sucker pumps out)
-I don't pay for heating bills anymore
-Comes with a cool sticker
-Stock cooler makes an cool paperweight
Cons: -RUNS VERY VERY HOT (See other thoughts)
-Cut my knuckle on a spinning fan while adjusting my water cooling pipes
-Only comes with one sticker (What the heck AMD? Only one sticker?)
-Stock cooler (Anyone who uses the stock cooler is short a few chromosomes anyway)
Other Thoughts: This processor runs INSANELY HOT, and when I say INSANELY HOT I'm not kidding around! This sucker was roasting to 85C and actually hit the 90C kill switch which shut down my whole system. The processor itself can handle the heat well, but I don't trust heat on processors.
I'm using a Corsair H80 water cooler and I'm still hitting insane temps on the socket and Core 0, going to have to upgrade my cooler to the H110 to cool this beast.
Other than the insane heat, this thing overclocks like there's no tomorrow. At 1.375V I was able to achieve 5Ghz stable (Hot of course, had to have this giant extra fan blowing into my case) but I was able to let it prime for around 2 hours at 5Ghz, given more voltage and less heat I bet money that I can get 5.5Ghz or higher!
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
G.Skill Trident X 16GB (8-9-9-24 @ 1866)
2X Sapphire HD 7950 (Going to a GTX 880 when it comes out)
Samsung EVO 120GB
Seagate 1TB X4
EVGA 1000W Platinum PSU
Running all this on a Samsung monitor at 2560x1600
I'm completely satisfied!
This review is from: Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
Pros: -Extremely comfortable
-Great for gaming, the 7.1 surround sound works as accurately as it should
-Looks cool and produces great sounds (While it lasts...)
Cons: -Poor Mic design
-Right woofer making a loud crackling noise after 7 months of use (See other thoughs)
Other Thoughts: I really like this headset a lot but it turns out the right sub speaker is going out and it makes this horrible crackling noise and just doesn't produce the sound it did when I got it. I was never rough with it and I didn't drop it or expose it to extreme heat or cold it just.. Started having issues.
The headset sounds great while it's working and I fully recommend it but, I can't really say how the build quality is on these. They feel pretty sturdy but if one of the primary components like a speaker starts going out I don't know what to think. Especially for $180.
I already submitted an RMA claim, just sucks that now I have to pay to return it and hope that I don't get some refurbished one that some fat sweaty dude was using.