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Pros: Exceptionally low power draw. Excellent frame rates @ 1600 x 900 with details not reduced to the bare minimum. Solid cooling implementation. Whisper quiet. No PCI-E power connection requirement.
Cons: More expensive than competing solutions in this class.
Other Thoughts: While the tandem of A10 APU graphics with an R7 250 in my budget gaming rig was providing adequate frame rates with gaming details being turned down accordingly, the struggles on some current titles at 1600 x 900 were frustrating to the point that a cost and power-effective upgrade was required. The excellent experience I've had with the A88X gaming motherboard led me to MSI's GeForce 750 Ti GPU. After installation, frame rates went up considerably with additional settings being turned UP. Current generation Blizzard titles, and the majority of games procured through Steam run exceptionally well with no perceivable drops in performance. Cranking the settings up to include AA and extra details does not incur the hit noted with the R7 250 + APU dual graphics combination. I have been blown away by the performance of the Maxwell architecture and the realistic consumption compared to high end GPUs. If you're on a budget, THIS is the card to get!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Razer Tartarus Gaming Keypad
Pros: Plenty of buttons and configuration options to satisfy MMO/FPS/RTS/MOBA gamers! Green backlighting is adjustable and visually attractive. Adjusting the palm rest does not require a heroic feat of strength. New D-Pad is a huge upgrade compared to the Nostromo, and provides tactile response that requires less pressure.
Cons: Lack of QA on the construction of the unit. After ~3 weeks of very mild use, experiencing some minor key sticking for the 01 and 02 buttons. Synapse 2.0 software is okay when it works, but has been traced to the root cause of a few system hangs.
Other Thoughts: As a long time user of the various Nostromo iterations and their inherent build caveats (e.g. Belkin D-Pad that squeaked, multiple iterations of the Belkin/Razer TE/v2), my muscle memory has become exceptionally dependent on these peripherals to execute across a number of games. As the Nostromo appears to have reached its end of life, my primary "like-sized" options were reduced to the Tartarus and the Orbweaver. The additional keys on the Orbweaver would have required additional time to master, so I hedged with the safe move of selecting the Tartarus. While keystick is still an issue in this line of controllers, Razer appears to have remediated prior concerns over the D-Pad, and the new unit does not exhibit sticking.
The Synapse 2.0 software for configuration is a nice idea in concept, but continues to be of questionable value. I have had the program hang my system when configuring custom keymaps for various entertainment titles. While it's not absolutely necessary to bind the map to a specific executable, the effort ensures that you have the settings you want on a game-specific basis. The software works well when you don't touch it, and can result in power cycles to restore operation when you do touch it.
-1 egg for Synapse 2.0
-1 egg for continued construction issues that are not vetted via internal QA
Still a great design. Hopefully, the next iteration can fix these glitches. Failure to do so will result in a meeting with the Bobs.
Pros: This mid tower is VERY attractive without being gaudy. Provisions for cable management do exist, and it's possible to get a fairly clean layout within the interior when using a modular power supply. Ample bays for expansion of internal storage exist and are not terribly difficult to use.
Cons: Two caveats were encountered:
1.) The clips that hold the top of the case to the frame are rather flimsy, and one appears to have broken in transit from the warehouse to my doorstep. While it does not impede utilization, this is a concern if you'll be moving the system assembled within the case repeatedly.
2.) The top-mounted USB headers impede the use of the upper 5 1/4" drive bay.
Other Thoughts: The intended purposes of the case purchase was to transplant a prior system for a new owner. Having had minimal exposure to Rosewill products, the appearance and generally favorable reviews enticed me to take a chance. This very attractive case represents a fairly good value, but it would be wise for Rosewill to further stress test attachment points on future products prior to release. The top cover may have been equally well implemented if the same clip methodology from the front panel were utilized.READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: James R.
Date Joined: 12/11/01
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