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Pros: I got it during the BF deal, which made it an amazing value for me.
Quite a step up from my hd 6850, I could play 95% of my games at maximum settings at 1680x1050 resolution at a constant 60fps after overclocking. of course, there are just a few games that refuse to co-operate at super max settings (gta iv, crysis, metro 2033), but let's blame the coding.
I OC'd it to 1125/1450, stable. You need to get ASUS GPU tweak to get it passed that 1050 mark. Google it, it will help. This card is an overclocking monster. Two of these will have you set for at least 3 years.
Cons: My card wasn't a magical overclocker. There are people managing to get their cards to 1300/1500 clocks, which puts it above the hd 7950. The cooler is low-end, but I got what I paid for.
I purchased some ultra low profile heatsinks for the VRAM and some smaller heatsinks for the voltage regulators. I replaced the TIM with Diamond IC 7. The first application was a dud [i took off the shroud to see temp decreases but saw none, i suggest leaving the shroud on], my temps remained the same. when i placed the shroud back on and reapplied the TIM again for the second time [I used a lot lot less, half a grain of rice], i saw 13C drop in idle(39C before, 26C now), but load is about the same.(70C Furmark).
Other Thoughts: Diamond IC7 left hairline scratches on the surface of the GPU. I suggest you use something else.
3570k 4.2ghz w/ hyper 212+ evo
asrock z77 extreme 4
hd 7950 1125/1450
crucial m4 primary
spinpoint f3 secondary
corsair 500r black case
I don't list my specs to gloat. I list them because someone out there is looking to see if these parts work well. They do. they fit magnificently in my case, so much room!
All i can suggest with this card is leave the black plastic shroud on, and when you apply TIM, half a grain of rice. ASUS GPU tweak to clock it higher, and enjoy your high tier performance for mid tier price!
This review is from: HT | OMEGA CLARO II 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
Pros: Provides great sound. EMI shield should prevent distortion. EQ is good.
Cons: It was a TOUGH fit. I'm pretty sure I had to warp my PCI slot a little. It's partially my fault for getting a PCI card instead of a PCI-e version. I read online that the front panel quality was superior to that of the PCI-e version. What I didn't realize is that people who review sound cards and headphones are complete nutcases that like to write elaborate reviews on things they pretend to hear. Seriously, if you are going for a sound card, you should either go for a budget card, or a pricier one with a built in amp. Everything in the middle is a waste, and a different pair of headphones/EQ adjustment will probably offer a better experience than a new sound card. I'm sure better products will offer a better experience, but it will not be found here.
Other Thoughts: Over the discrete sound card I got with my Maximus Formula X38, the sound improvement was very very minimal. I basically paid for a superior EQ. I run them with a pair of Shure SRH 840's. Very flat headphones, but they don't react well to bass EQ unfortunately. I suggest going for a cheaper card, you won't be able to tell a difference, I promise you.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard
Pros: had this keyboard for over 2 years, and it's worked great for me. the lights help a lot when working or playing games late at night, easier to type, and it just looks great
Cons: the x mechanism that holds the keys. they are the biggest flaw of this keyboard. my L-shift key is busted, and keeps falling out, i've discovered that that cheap plastic clip that holds it to the keyboard broke off, probably from regular use. *sigh*. also print scrn buttoms and scroll lock dont work. f1-12 dont light up. weird
Other Thoughts: it's a great keyboard, and if it was runnign around $40, id totally pick it up again. but i think at it's current price, i might as well upgrade to something better, maybe the k800READ FULL REVIEW