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Pros: So far, so good. This mouse is certainly lighter than my previous OCZ Eclipse, but not by much. It's well within comfortable weight for me, and it's not light enough to feel "cheap" (not that weight reflects price...)
It tracks accurately, though it's incompatible with one side of my double-sided mousepad. Tracks perfectly on the other side, so I don't really care. The mouse wheel feels solid enough, unlike the Eclipse (sometimes I accidentally scroll one too many notches on that mouse.)
4th and 5th button come in handy for browsing the internet. I pretty much have to buy a mouse with those buttons now.
The clicking feels a little bit soft, but good enough. It's also not the quietest click, but not loud like the Eclipse's 4th and 5th buttons.
Nice to pick up a mouse at this price (a Hamilton, a Lincoln, and a Washington, with a Lincoln mail in rebate.)
Cons: Cord's a little short, which isn't a problem for me, but be aware of it.
If you're coming from a laser mouse (as I am), then you might have gotten lazy when picking up your mouse. You have to pick up this mouse a few millimeters higher for it to stop tracking. This might sound silly, but it does make a difference. You won't believe how precise your muscle memory is.
Other Thoughts: Giving it five eggs for now. You'll notice that the OCZ Eclipse is no longer sold by Newegg. Pretty much all of those mice (and the Behemoths, too) failed after a few weeks or months. I've noticed that some other cheap laser mice from other brands have failed, too. I guess there's something wrong with that batch of sensors, or maybe just bad soldering. Or maybe all those mice were made by Dexin (Dexin is the Taiwanese company that actually did the manufacturing for OCZ for the Eclipse and Behemoth.)
In any case, I'm hoping that this mouse will last me for years to come.
Yeah, I still haven't learned. I keep buying cheap mice... but at least I haven't had a cheap optical mouse die on me yet, unlike my cheap Memorex, Rosewill, and OCZ laser mice. Fourth time's a charm...!
Pros: Strange... I was able to max out the core and mem clocks in ATI Overdrive. It seems most people can easily push 4870 levels on the core (ATI Overdrive limits you to 700 MHz, well below the 4870) but most people can't get the memory too high. Did Biostar use underclocked RAM on their 4850? I hit 1200 MHz no problem, and all games are stable. Benchmarks verify the card is indeed overclocked.
Well, I'm happy. I should take the heatsink off sometime to look at the RAM.
Cons: Noisy. Biostar's cooler is kind of loud, but the most annoying thing is the pitch. It's not too high frequency, but definitely higher frequency than the 80 or 120 mm fans you may have in your system. Cooling performance also leaves much to be desired. I was hitting 105 degrees Celsius, which is bearable for the 4800 series core... but I'd prefer something cooler. I have a 120 mm Silverstone fan blowing on the card now, and max temps dropped to 78 degrees Celsius (furmark burn, overclocked to 700/1200.)
Other Thoughts: I suppose it doesn't make sense to purchase this card right now, with the 4860 (Sapphire-only) going for about the same price. Also, Nvidia is going to shake up the pecking order soon (in ~March 2010, about 2 months' time.) If you NEED a graphics card now, take a look at Sapphire's 4860. If you don't, wait for Nvidia. Otherwise, the 4800 series is a great bargain!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I was getting tired of my three and a half year laptop, so I decided to go with a budget build... nothing special, AMD Athlon II 425, Gigabyte MA78LM-S2, this RAM, Radeon 4850 1 GB. Basically, fast enough. RAM prices have gone up, so I went with this RAM. I hadn't heard of Wintec before, and I was aware that some Gigabyte mobos were picky about RAM, but these worked perfectly. I didn't really test them too hard, but the particular set I got could hit 900 without any extra voltage and also without loosening the timings. I let it run memtest for only 3 hours (I just wanted to get my game on), and they didn't get errors, so I just stopped the testing there. Unless I get a crash, I'll just assume the system is stable =)
Oh, these also have heatspreaders. I doubt RAM really needs it, and I don't even know if these heatspreaders help, but they make handling the RAM easier, at least.
Cons: None, really. I got a little more than advertised, so I'm happy. I guess if you buy this thinking it's crazy high end RAM, then you'll be disappointed at your overclock... but I think you can tell this isn't the highest end RAM from the price.
Other Thoughts: Wouldn't mind buying Wintec next time. I wait for a previous high end graphics card to hit $100, and that's when I build. For me, this RAM is more than enough. (I normally go for value RAM, so this is a little better. We can consider this to be high end value RAM, right? Or maybe low end "gamer" RAM, whatever that means.)READ FULL REVIEW
Display Name: Loc H.
Date Joined: 12/15/06
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