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SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White
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3 out of 5 eggs Would not get again... 03/06/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset - White

Pros: Self adjusting head band is very soft. Almost wished I was bald.
Speakers are angled toward your ears, instead of just aimed straight at the side of your head.
Mic pushes back into left ear cup when not in use.
Acceptable sound reproduction, good for gaming/not good for FLAC listening.
Cups are removable for cleaning, possibly for replacement.

Cons: Ears get really warm after about 2 hours. Needed to take off between missions.
Volume is very low. Had to turn up PC, head phone amp, and inline audio control to hear anything.
Spring loaded head band could be a little tighter.
Also had to bend the 2 metal frame wires to keep from squeezing my head.

Other Thoughts: I was given this set for review. It doesn't compare to the studio quality head phones I bought almost 15 years ago for the same price as these.
Microphone is untested and cannot attest to sound quality. There is a mic on/off switch in the cord.
Cord length is adequate. I have a 5.1 surround sound controller on my desk with a headphone jack.
There is 2 fabrics covers the speaker opening. One is built into the ear cups, another is built into the headphone assembly.
Head phones pivot up and down on the arm, but do not pivot side to side. I think once the spring(s) in the head band weakens or breaks, these will be tossed.

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LSI MegaRAID Internal  Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-4i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Single--Avago Technologies
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It looks like a RAID controller

Cons: This is a software RAID controller, with an expensive price tag. It is no better than what Intel already provides on board.
CLI management only, NO monitoring/administration software.
BIOS GUI is intentionally crippled. Access to advanced/hidden features is an extra purchase.
Had to downgrade firmware to get it to work in Windows 7 Pro 64bit.

Other Thoughts: I have been in the IT field for 20 years, and this is definitely the worst RAID controller I have used. The following quotes are exactly from tech support about my issues and frustrations with this card.
"The 9240-4i is a software raid controller. It must be able to allocate some memory during power up or the driver does not load. Recent firmware releases include a check for memory allocation. It is not compatible with many
desktop motherboards"
"If it works and the driver is running in Windows 7, then use this older firmware. The better option is use a hardware raid controller "

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VANTEC Quad Chip 4-Port Dedicated 5Gbps USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card Model UGT-PCE430-4C
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs An awesome idea, should have stayed that way 08/03/2015

This review is from: VANTEC Quad Chip 4-Port Dedicated 5Gbps USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card Model UGT-PCE430-4C

Pros: Four USB 3.0 controllers, each with 1 dedicated USB 3.0 port.
Along with a PCIe bus to match it, almost.

Cons: 20gbps throughput for all 4 USB 3.0, PCIe 2.0 x4 bus is only rated for 16gbps. Not that you can max out all 4 ports anyway. Didn't work the first day I got it. The driver installed for one controller, but wouldn't install for the other 3. Worked with tech support for a week trying installing, uninstalling, I searched online for newer drivers.
Computer won't boot with the card plugged in any more. The fans blip like it wants to boot, but nothing. Mainboard LEDs are showing good to go. I pull out of the slot, and hit the power button then off we go.

Other Thoughts: Eventually found another company that makes the EXACT same card, and their forum users said to unplug USB 2.0 devices. And it worked. I got all 4 drivers loaded. Rebooted with all USB 2.0 drives and devices plugged in. Oddly enough I still have the SATA power cable plugged into the card while it sits on top of my PSU. I have never got around to speed testing. Maybe someone else has better luck.

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