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This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
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Other Thoughts: I order this headset on 6/10/13 the price was reasonable $75(Total) I was really exited for my first gaming headset unfortunately I was not impressed. This headset lacks in bass, it needs something else to give that extra power. I would not consider this to be the ultimate comfortable headset out there. After 2-3+ hours after raiding you can(I personally) start to feel the weight of headset coming down on my head. Sure this headset may feel light but once you were it, the weight can start coming down on you. The foam or microfiber ear pads are not that comfortable either, your ears can get warm, not hot but warm so you need to take the headset off once in a while. Also, the microfiber picks up a lot of lint or dust and since I'm still the gel type guy it leaves flakes on the ear pads since it rubs against the hair.
The mic in my opinion seems very good. when I used the mic In mumble my group noticed right away and said "did you bought a new mic or something, your voice sounds crystal clear" props to the mic then.
Ever since Windows 8.1 corsair has been having issues with their sound drivers for a while they had brief 1-2 months of nothing but troubles.
I typically use this head during the night when everyone is sound asleep or when I'm raiding 2-4 Hours.
Even after 10 months in using this I personally would recommend this headset to say the least, when I was at Best Buy in the PC gaming section I tried the Logitech G430s and these felt so much lighter and they weren't crushing my head also the demo sound effects where even better and sounded more convincingly. I'm probably going to try out Logitech or Steel Series for my next purchase.
Pros: - Sleek Design with thin bezel
- 2x HDMI Xbox 360 and Computer Connected
- I honestly really like the stand while some other don't to say the least.
- The white color looks very fancy indeed.
Cons: - Color Presets are kinda terrible some presets are just overly saturated while others are dark etc...You really need to tinker with color settings to get a good calibration.
Other Thoughts: To begin this wasn't a total upgrade from my previous monitor Samsung XL2370 23" but from 3 different opinions I got from my family the colors really killed it sky high. I had my Samsung monitor for 4 years and 2 months and when I originally thought the colors where awesome I was completely blown away with this ASUS Monitor. The colors are great and makes things like working in Photoshop much better. The games depth of color look overall much better indeed, however the dark's in my opinion are very very dark maybe for certain games. For instance Tomb Raider when I walk inside the Tombs I Honestly can't see anything to say the least(Not sure if it was meant to be like that or not...?). This is when I change the preset to Scenery or something different then I can notice the outlines of the caves.
So why am I giving it 4/5 Eggs. Well their is ONE issue that is kinda bothersome. Now hopefully I can explain it well. Its not a major performance issue but basically when I drag screens in Windows theirs a ripple,blurry stutter effect on the outlines of the window only. Not really sure which term to describe best but this only happens when i drag things on windows. Now on games I can't really tell if this issues exists but on SWTOR I can clearly see it on characters names when they are moving their HP bars get all rippled to say the least. On games like Tomb Raider, Dead Space, SC2 I honestly can't see this effect if it's there due high details of the game.
Also to further add, when this monitor arrived I was very close in RMA it. Why was this? Well when I hooked it up for the first time I was getting distorted Reds and Greens effects on Videos In General, Games, Photoshop Images. Basically on games there was specs of green dots in certain areas when game was in motion. And when I would watch videos on youtube their would be outlines of greens and reds on peoples faces or objects. Lastly, in Photoshop when I would zoom in or out on a person face I would see traces of reds and greens on them. This wasn't a graphics card issue because my Samsung monitor didn't suffer from it and drivers are up to date like always. I tried a total of 4 cables 2x HMDI and 2x DVI To HMDI cables and the issue persisted. On the 2nd or 3rd day the problem completely went away go figure.... not really sure if this was due reducing the RGB colors in Windows Color Calibration or if the Monitor just needed to get warmed up. In the end this problem was finally gone and after 1 month of using this monitor it hasn't returned.
Overall I'm satisfied with this monitors colors and sleek design but the problem that I described is why I'm giving 4/5 I also bought during this time a Sapphire R9 280x Tri-X with up to date drivers 4/24/14 Catalyst 14.4 and problem still persists so its not a graphics issue, definitely monitors even after trying 4 different cables.
Pros: - Keeps your CPU very cool when OC!!!
- 140mm FAN w/ PWM.
Cons: - This thing is MASSIVE and has a good amount of WEIGHT to it !!!
- The fan can be somewhat tricky to mount.
- Might be tall for some cases, so check your case measurements. For me the heats pipes that come at the top almost come in contact with my side case 200mm fan, maybe less than half an inch to say the least but very close... If the 200mm fan isn't mounted then theirs definitely a good amount of clearance.
- Like many people state the Noctua fans color scheme if very ugly indeed but my system doesn't match anything color wise this is because I'm more concerned with PERFORMANCE and DURABILITY like many of you should be instead of your PC looking all pretty etc..
Other Thoughts: This is my first aftermarket CPU cooler for my first PC build. I was originally debating between the Noctua NHU14S and the Hyper 212 EVO. Now my reason going for this choice is because I honestly had the money to buy something high end but no more than $100. Indeed the EVO is half the price but I wanted something slightly better.
After finally finding my sweet spot settings for OC my i5 4670k I was able to achieve a stable 4.5Ghz@ 1.235 VCORE with idle temps at 27-33c (this maybe irrelevant for some because everyone cares about load temps, but just throwing these numbers out).
Now my load temps can range very differently due to my ambient room temperature. Unfortunately I don't have the luxury to have AC in my house or bedroom. My room typically gets hot during the summer(Southern California 90-110°f cant't wait...) Sorry if I'm going extra on the ambient rooms temps but it does play a role on your overall CPU temps not mention good air flow on your case, I have a Corsair 500r with 3 intakes(200mm and 2x 120mm) and 2 exhaust(140mm and 120mm). Now since its been relatively cool these past weeks, my load temps when gaming can be anywhere from 40c-50c and on warmer days 45c-55c.
I ran Aida64 Extreme stability test for 40min and these where the temps I got. 68c ,71c, 67c, 62c (these were "MAX" temps) Average temps according to AIDA where between 51c-58c.
I kinda held a bit on writing this review because I ordered a R9 280x Sapphire Tri-X and wanted to see if it would impact the temps because of heat dissipation within the case, I had a blower style fan on my previous GPU so heat was going through the back only.To conclude I am more than pleased with the temp results I'm getting, very very happy I went with Noctua ZERO regrets. The only thing I'm wondering at this time is how much these number are going to fluctuate when summer hits here is Southern Cali. As I'm writing this review the temps around here are 70°f(very cool) at the moment but when summer comes ill be looking at the 90°f and higher...