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Mushkin Enhanced Redline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 999052
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks cool.

Cons: Wil not run at the advertized 1866 mhz with 9-9-9-27 timings with 1.5v, or with 1.65v for that matter. I know how to overclock, I know to increase the Uncore frequency when increasing Dram frequency. Not an user error, Ram just doesn't run to spec.

Other Thoughts: Was able to get the Ram to run at 1600mhz with 8-8-8-24 timings, and 1.6v, so I'm glad I didn't have to stuck with the looser 9-9-9-24 timings and the slower 1600mhz speed, but it isn't much of a conciliation.

This is on i7-965 CPU and Rampage II Extreme Mobo.

ARCTIC Accelero Hybrid II-120, Liquid/Air Combo Extreme Cooling for Hi-Performance nVidia/AMD VGA
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I am an owner of the original Arctic Accelero Hybrid design which I believe has to be far superior to this design. I have never owned this new design but want to give it a review because it has an obvious design problem, I want people to be aware of, and to encourage Arctic to return to their previous design . The original design was awesome. Since I purchased it several years ago I have installed it on 3 separate video cards and it has yet to fail me. It provides awesome cooling and is nearly silent. It fits most modern cards and provides far better cooling for all components than any air cooler can.

Cons: The problem with this design is it provides no way to cool the VRam or voltage regulators what so ever. All it has is a passive heatsink backplate installed on the wrong side of the card. Its simply impossible for a backplate to provide adequate cooling, given that it makes no direct contact with the components. To compound this problem even further there is no fan to move the hot air away from the components. So the VRAM and voltage regulators on your card are going to be air cooled in the purest sense (no heatsink), and not even have a fan to provide cool air! Contrast this to the previous design, which had aluminum heatsinks and a fan mounted in a sheath around the card to move cool air across those heatsinks. That is a far superior design.

Another problem with the current design is that since the backplate heatsink is on wrong side of the card, the card will now occupy at least 3 PCI slots if not more.

Other Thoughts: It seems Arctic decided to dumb down the design of this cooler to make for a very simple installation. I admit the old design did require a difficult installation process, especially when it came to attaching heat-sinks to the voltage regulators. But this new design is simply not a viable solution. I think many people who are buying this new design don't realize that VRAM and voltage regulators get extremely hot and need to be cooled just as much as the GPU does, this is compounded by the fact that most cards don't provide a means for monitoring the VRAM or V-reg components, so most people won't realize those components are overheating until its too late. I strongly advise anyone who buys this new design to also purchase some copper or aluminum 10-15mm heatsinks for the VRAM on your card. And 6mm or smaller heatsinks for the voltage regulators (VRM). Also a fan to blow directly on the heatsinks is a good idea. Be careful when installing the heatsinks not to bridge electric terminals between components, especially on the VRM. Put down some masking tape around the components before attaching the heatsinks to help with this. Also remember these heatsinks will be hanging upside down once the card is installed in the computer so make sure they are securely attached. I recommend aluminum heat sinks as they are lighter and will stay attached more easily.

Razer Tiamat Over Ear 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Good Surround Not Best Sound 03/24/2014

This review is from: Razer Tiamat Over Ear 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset

Pros: Probably the best surround sound/directional audio you can find in a headset. You can definitely tell when something is in front or behind you. The pass through cable makes hooking along side a surround sound speaker setup very easy. Bass is deep and boomy.

Cons: Sound quality isn't as good as the Corsair Vengeance1500, which cost half as much. The 1500 just sounds better but doesn't have as good directional audio. No option to switch between 5.1 and 7.1. (these don't sound right in 5.1 mode, there is a silent zone directly behind you) There are a lot of cheap decoder boxes available that can be used to hook up a 5.1 analogue headsets to consoles. But since this is 7.1 only that means using a decoder box to hook these up to XBOX 1 or PS4, would give you a silent spot in the headphones.


Landon P.'s Profile

Display Name: Landon P.

Date Joined: 02/15/13

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/17/13
  • Last Review: 09/19/14
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