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This review is from: Corsair Vengeance 1400 Dual 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset
Pros: This Headset has great sound reproduction, which means you need either a good audio chipset on your motherboard or what is probably preferred is a decent sound card. The microphone is also really clean and responsive, I have received many compliments since my purchase from all my friends who instantly asked if I had got a new mic. Also seem to be made of good quality components such as the headsets that have some of the more comfortable ear cups of the headsets I've had and have gotten to try. For the price this headset has no equal I could find.
Cons: The head phone and mic cable has two separate 3.5 mm plugs at the end and I wish it would have came with a single 3.5 mm headphone and mic (headset) adapter so I could plug it into my phone. Probably a cheap adapter but would've been a nice touch.
Other Thoughts: I have owned a pair of Turtle Beach PX5, Razer Kraken 7.1, Logitech G35's and got to try out the Razer Kraken Pro's and Logitech G435's. The Turtle Beach's were nice but I wanted something with a little better audio quality and no more intermittent wireless audio distortion.
These were the only pair of headphones I could find with a decent bass response while not sounding muggy. Also when paired with the on-board audio chipset on my motherboard (MSI FM2-A85XA-G65) they have better Virtual 7.1 Surround than the PX5's or any of the USB headsets I found. If you are on a desktop I would strongly recommend against a usb headset if you can get a headset like these and use a hardware sound processor unlike the software sound processor that a usb headset uses. Its a much more crisp, clean and responsive experience.
Plus you could get these and at least test them on your on board audio chipset. If you end up needing a dedicated sound card, for the added cost of a typical 7.1 USB Headset, you could get these and a discrete sound card that will definitely sound better than any software sound processor.
This review is from: Cooler Master GeminII S524 - CPU Cooler with Aluminum Fins and 5 Heatpipes
Pros: Brought temps down 10C-15 while at full load and about the same at idle. Stock cooler ran 60C at full load and this one can hold it in the mid-high 40s.
If positioned correctly it blows air onto memory sticks... but with that air possibly being 60 degrees celcius, im not sure it helps.
Cons: Installation: Biggest pain in the world to install for AMD, it comes with all your normal intel stuff so it be the same as any other coolers. The backplate for the cooler is huge since its a one size fits all so it didnt really fit on my mobo in the case without forcing it to. Not to mention you have to hold the cooler in place on the cpu while holding the backplate in place while threading a hex nut on to the screw ends from the heatsink all while trying not to mess up your thermal paste. It sucked...
Design: Its a huge cooler that covers alot of mobo space. For me that meant all the ram sticks and the port the fan had to be plugged into. So im sure when I upgrade ram in the future that will be fun either trying to work around it or pulling it off.
Other Thoughts: Overall I should have spent $20 more and bought a corsair liquid cooler and had a little better performance and a way easier install without having a huge heatsink to work around and have blowing hot air all throughout my case. I installed one on a friends FX PC and installation too 5 minutes max. Corsair is smart enough to use the AMD brackets already there. And ALL AMD socket heatsinks are compatible with each other.
AMD A10 5800k running stock
2X4GB Team Vulcan 1600Mhz
MSI 85A Mobo
Cooler Master 431 plus Case