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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.

Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2 USB Connector Circumaural Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: They are comfortable on mute. USB plug makes setting up easy.

Cons: Anything above 1% volume will damage your ears. I put these on to test and threw them off, literally. My ears were hurt so bad and I was so startled I threw them off my head. 1 or 2 percent volume they sound pretty good. Anything higher is painfully loud anything lower is silence. Reviews make it sound as if there are a lot of options in the software there are none. All you can choose from is the surround sound source type, 2.0, 5.1, or 7.1, I generally have no idea what the source material is, so this kind of sucks. I would rather it determine what the source material is and automatically determine the best way to play that source material back to whatever speaker configuration I choose. Instead it wants you to determine the source material, and it choose speaker config. Comes with no instructions. Again you really shouldn't turn these up past 5% volume absolute max, but if you do while nothing is playing you will here a ton of static and white noise. Very loud static, but everything is extremely loud on these so it may not have any more noise to signal ratio than other headphones you can just hear the noise at a much higher volume on these.

Other Thoughts: Dangerous product.

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very high clock speeds, low power usage, and generally great performance.

Cons: My biggest complaint is with the GTX 680's in general not having enough RAM, and not having the ram they do have run fast enough. This is 256 bit Ram not the faster 384 bit ram from the 580 series. Seriously the GTX280, had 1 GB of ram and now 4 generations later we are only now getting 2 GB cards? It is simply not enough VRAM for modern games using high resolution textures at 1920x1080 resolution. And if you wanted a multi-monitor set-up forget about it, this is nowhere near sufficient. I have one monitor at 1920x1080 and with all settings set to high in STALKER Call of Pripyat (with high res texture mods), it maxes out the VRAM on this card. I just think this card would be a lot better with 4GB of ram and suggest getting that model or getting the HD7970 with 3GB instead.

Other Thoughts: Doesn't play nice with MSI Afterburner, but does work with EVGA Precision X. Don't get me wrong the card is a beast, and serves up great performance, but I can't help but feel frustrated when I see a game as old as Stalker call of Pripyat is using up 2000MB of video ram but only utilizing the GPU at 50%, and think wow I bet this would run a lot faster than the 45FPS I am getting right now if it had a little more RAM to handel these massive draw distances and all these high resolution textures.


Landon P.'s Profile

Display Name: Landon P.

Date Joined: 02/15/13

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 04/17/13
  • Last Review: 03/24/14
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