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CORSAIR RMx Series RM850X 850W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply
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Pros: I've been testing this power supply for awhile now and am very impressed. I've always used Corsair power supplies over the years and have yet to have one fail. The test system is a 6-core i7 Extreme with 32GB DDR4 memory, R9 390x GPU, a DVD-RW drive and a Samsung PCIe SSD. According to some of the power supply calculators, I could add 2 more video cards before needing an upgrade.

The power supply is completely modular which is always a big selling point. All of the cables were of sufficient length to get them tied up and out of the way. The connections were solid and latch when inserted. I had plenty of cables left for future use, should I ever need them. It comes with everything you need for the install and they even include what Corsair calls a carrying case. I'm not sure why anyone needs a carrying case for their power supply, but I used it for the left over cables.

I'm impressed by how quiet it is even with the fan running. I did some GPU testing after installation to get things nice and warm. I couldn't hear the fan running at all.

All the voltages are well within spec according to the motherboard. Everything was within 0.03v of expected.

Cons: I really can't find anything to complain about. Reasonable price and it performs exactly as advertised.

Other Thoughts: Another great product from Corsair. It has everything you need and even comes with a 7 year warranty. I would definitely recommend this power supply.

G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Heavy, but not Cumbersome 11/04/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset

Pros: When I was asked to review these, I had no idea that G.Skill even made headsets. After a little research it appears as though G.Skill is stepping into the peripherals market. I do have to say that made me a little skeptical since this would be their first try, but my skepticism was put to rest once I got a chance to try them out.

The are well packaged and are black with red accents. When I pulled them out, I was surprised at how heavy there were compared to the other headset I use.

I like red, so this was a plus. The ear cups were very soft and the headband was very comfortable. It had nice red accent stitching and looks high quality. The headset appears to be very well built and should last a long time.

The controls for the head set looks pretty neat with it's LEDs that indicate sound level. It's also on a really long cord so you can pretty much position it anywhere on your desk.

Driver installation was a snap and the software complimented the hardware with it's red / black appearance. It offers a ton of equalizer functions along with gain control. I have to admit I really didn't know what to do with the sliders, so I just played with them for awhile and then set them back to default.

So let's put these buggers on.

I was surprised when I put them on to be honest. I thought they were going to be heavy, but they we actually very light. It appears as though G.Skill did a great job with their suspension design that really takes the weight off your head. The ear-cups felt great and I almost forgot I was wearing a headset.

I played some music, which sounded pretty good, but not awesome. I'm an audiophile, so I might be a little more critical than others, but the bass seemed to be a bit overbearing. I could have probably adjusted this with the equalizer, but I didn't bother to spend the time.

Gaming was a different story. I thought things sounded great and was really impressed. After a lengthy session I really didn't even notice they were there anymore. Much more comfortable than my other headset.

The mic sounded great (according to my friends) and was very adjustable. I also liked its small size, which meant it wasn't in your peripheral view while you were playing.

Well done G.Skill!

Cons: These things are big. I think they were designed for Big Foot. I thought they were going to fall off my head when I first put them on. There also seems to be a lack of adjustability. There isn't really a way to get them adjusted correctly.

I had my wife try them on and they basically fell off her head. We tried adjusting them, but it was a lost cause.

No stand? That seems to be a really big over sight on the part of G.Skill. I would have really like a stand with some type of cable management. Right now I have to either throw them in a drawer or leave them sitting on my desk. This is my main reason for docking an egg. I was going to remove two (one for the missing stand and one for the sizing), but I'm cutting them a break on this one since they are new to this market.

Other Thoughts: While heavy, there was no discomfort during long sessions. The ear cups are extremely soft and very easy on the ears. The problem is that the headset is huge and doesn't offer any adjustment to resolve the issue. So if you have a small head, move along...nothing to see here.

If they just made them smaller, or included more adjustability these would be great. But not bad for a first try G.Skill, but you really should get some people with smaller heads for testing. :)

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The first thing I have to say about this board is that it is absolutely stunning. I'm disappointed that I have to lock it away in a case under the desk.

I've had this board in my hands for about 2 months now, mostly because I was waiting for the Intel i7-6700k to come back in stock. I didn't want to review the board until I had a chance to test it out thoroughly. I won't bother to regurgitate the board specifications, as NewEgg has done a very good job of outlining them. But I will touch on some things that I liked.

The motherboard offers the new Intel USB 3.1 supporting the new Type C connector which is reversible. It also supports the traditional USB connector that everyone is accustom to using. Unfortunately, I don't own any USB 3.1 devices, so I couldn't test the bandwidth. However, I was able to test out the transfer speeds on the USB 3.0 ports, which performed as expected (~118MB/s transfer speeds).

Although I'm not a gamer, I did like the metal support on the PCI express slots that designed to handle the additional weight of the large gaming cards. I've seen the larger ones sag and this appears to resolve that issue.

The board is loaded with ports, including my favorite, M.2 SATA. Not just one, but two, supporting RAID. I've never had two SSDs in RAID 0 before so I ordered two Intel m.2 SATA SSDs with the intention of testing them in RAID 0. Unfortunately I had to RMA one of them since it was defective. I just got it back the other day and haven't had a chance to test it out.

Let's get into the meat of this bad boy. My rig is built with the i7-6700K, 16GB of Corsiar Vengance DDR4 266 RAM, an Intel M.2 SATA SSD and loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate.

The BIOS is loaded with features and offers a ton of OC options. Navigation was pretty straight forward and didn't provide any challenges.

The board offers a lot of OC options and appears to be straight forward, but, I am not an overclocker, so I can't comment on its functionality.

I've run the board for about a month now and haven't had any issues. I haven't tested any other LGA 1151 boards so I don't have a benchmark to compare, but I don't see why there would be any significant differences

Install of Windows went without a hitch and the drivers were easily found on the Gigabyte website.

Cons: I really couldn't find any to be honest. I tried to be as thorough as possible, but everything performed as expected and I didn't encounter any issues. So I'll have to give this board a big thumbs up.

Other Thoughts: The Gigabyte GA-Z170X is a stunning board that offers all the features and functionality one would expect...and then some. It's overflowing with ports and was stable since I put it to use.

I would definitely recommend this motherboard.


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