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

2 out of 5 eggs Worked great!.....for 16 months 03/24/2015

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

Pros: Great directional sound

True surround sound drivers

Looks sweet

Cons: Warranty blows

Can be uncomfortable with long term use

Other Thoughts: I loved this headset for over a year. Sound in games was excellent for a pair of cans. I generally don't believe the digital 5.1 and previously owned a Logitech G35 that was pretty good, but not nearly as good as my speaker system. I always preferred Logitech 5.1 surround sound systems, but I needed to limit the noise due to my wife complaining. So, I bought these hoping it would be just ok.

I was surprised at how amazing these were at directional sound, especially if you get the right settings for each direction. Its got a sturdy design, good base and pretty comfortable and combine it with a good x-fi soundcard and you get some great directional audio. Worked great for CSGO and Skyrim. I gave it two stars because it was good sound, but I did have issues with warranty and company (see below)

I was happy with them for 16 months and then all of a sudden, the sound started popping. I did as much testing as I could, but have come to the conclusion that the cans are the cause. Can be really bad if audio is turned up, almost unbearable. Not sure what exactly is causing it, but with music and some in game noises it will "pop".

So, now I have a $170 paperweight. Its a little unfortunate that Razer wouldn't support their expensive products for more than a year. Pretty pathetic and I should have known better before I bought it. If you want to have a product that will last more than a year, go with the Logitech products. The sound isn't as good, but you can save $100 and get a pretty good set of cans that will have a 3 year warranty. Ya, 3 years with Logitech and 1 year with Razer. Which is a better policy for the customer? Razer told me I'm basically "sorry out of luck" with this issue. >.> Pathetic.

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SAPPHIRE 100362-3L Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very Fast (faster in many games compared to the 970 with AMD's new drivers) and its OC'd

Looks sexy

Cools really well.

Cons: Power hungry (8+8 connector required)

Big, (12 inches)

Other Thoughts: I moved over from an Nvidia 970 SSC to this. Very very pleased. I actually got a performance boost in many games, (not by much, but still nice). This performance boost is mostly because of AMD's new drivers. That being said, I love the card. Full 4GB of accessible memory which helps at 2560x1440 and big 512 bus. Card should last years before needing to upgrade. The card stays super quiet and cool under full load thanks to the Tri-X cooler.

The downside is that this card is a little different from previous Sapphire 290 Tri-X cards in that you need an 8+8 power connectors. This might be a problem if you have a cheaper/weaker power supply. My EVGA 750 Supernova has plenty of connections so this isn't a problem for me, but be away its 8+8, not 8+6 like others. Its also a long card at about 12 inches, make sure you have a case that can fit it in there. My corsair mid tower fits it fine.

At this price point with mail in rebates and huge price cuts, I got this for $240. I'd recommend this card over majority of other cards if you need amazing performance at a great price. If you can find a better card at this price point, good luck because it doesn't exist.

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SAPPHIRE 100362-3L Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Tri-X OC Version (UEFI) Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Quiet
Cool
Fast
Looks good in 650D case
Amazing price/performance ratio

Cons: Big, but fits in big cases fine
8+6 power needed

Other Thoughts: I returned my 970 due to the vram issue. Saved some money and bought one of these used. I was hesitant to go back to AMD, but I have to admit, the drivers and setup was just as easy as the green team.

With that being said, this is one heck of a card. Its very close to the performance of the 970 SSC I had. I was able to play BF4 @ 2560x1440 and got frames from 42 -76. Average was around 60 fps. The card itself was uber quiet even with the card hitting a max temp of 78C in a Corsair 650D case. The cooling that the case provides is decent, but by no means is a high airflow case. That being said, it shows how good the cooler is on the Tri-X. Considering the reference coolers get in the 90C range and sound like a jet engine, this is the only way to go.

All in all, its an amazing card. Looks good, cools well, fast performance (basically matched my 970 in many real world games) and got it at a fraction of the price. Oh, and you can access all 4GB of ram on a 512 bus. This is a winner in my view.

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Display Name: Matt D.

Date Joined: 05/04/05

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  • First Review: 04/20/06
  • Last Review: 03/05/15
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