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This review is from: HyperX Cloud Revolver 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Gaming Headset for PC & PS4
Pros: I don't what I can tell you that others haven't already. Just got mine today from somewhere else, cheaper. I already owned the Hyper X cloud which was awesome, but then I saw this and was pretty much like "shut up and take my money". It is essentially and updated and largely improved cloud. The mic is more sturdy, the aesthetics are great, metal construction over plastic, stronger speakers, smaller and better volume box, lighter and more comfortable, and also... automatically moves and adjusts to your fat head, which is awesome.
Cons: Uhhh it cost me money and I had to wait a day for it to get to my house? Its absolutely flawless.
Other Thoughts: This does not have a USB(like the reg Cloud), so get a good sound card to push this. I bought a Asus Essence Strix II along with this headset, my ears melted when the music started to play. Onboard sound will simply not do it justice. Don't believe in the "built in headphone amp" that motherboard manufacturers try to sell you on with their ridiculous marketing, do it the right way with a dedicated/separate card.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Essence STX II 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Hi-Fi Quality Sound Card
Pros: Just got mine today along with a Hyper X Cloud Revolver headset and I am beyond blown away. I upgraded from my awful onboard sound on the Asus Maximus Formula VIII. Had issues hearing voices and certain sounds in games, loud hissing with no sound playing, etc... Needless to say, I have none of those problems now.
The software is way more complex than any other sound card I have seen, which is to be expected. I have been tinkering with it for hours now while playing my entire library and then some. This is the best headset sound I have ever heard. The bass is really good too with Extra gain for 600ohm headsets. It might be my headset complimenting this card, but when I am listening to music now, it is like I am in a whole separate room by myself, oblivious as to what is going on around me.
Cons: -Headphone and mic plugins are the bigger jacks that you need an adapter for most headsets if you were to plug audio and mic in separately. That's fine, but they only include 1 adapter for 1 plugin so you need to either buy another one to keep them as separate inputs or do what I did and use a splitter to combine them into one. Pretty irritating that they don't include everything that most costumers will need in the package at this price range.
-The PCB was slightly warped/bow'd, which was annoying, but it works flawlessly and does not impede anything so no worries.
-Asus includes awful onboard sound on their mobos and then sells you on their market leading/expensive sound cards... yeah.... I have a Maximus Formula z170 board... 400 bucks... sound is absolutely terrible.. just fyi
Other Thoughts: I bought this elsewhere and saved over 30 bucks and had "free two day shipping" (wink, wink). I'm not going to lie, at this price range, I was expecting to be blown away by the sound production and this card managed to exceed my expectations despite the little annoyances. I still feel like the price is very steep, but it is the best consumer level card on the market. If you are like me and always buy the best of the best for your rig, don't think twice. DAC's are good, but I don't have a bunch of extras laying around on my desk and have perfect sound with no interference from internal electronic noises so...READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Right out of the box, this thing screams quality. Includes a very nice back plate and the cooler is made from a durable grade thickness of aluminum. Seeming how most of it is copper and aluminum and the card is taller than normal, it is very heavy so be careful installing.
- Chews up every game and digests it into a beautiful array of smooth graphics onto my screen.
- Runs 2k flawlessly with high frames.
- Asus ui controller allows for different performance modes with a simple click. Mine oc's to 1430mhz in oc mode.
Cons: - I may need to move some fans around and tweak fan profiles, but it does hit 78c in oc mode. Not exactly a con because oc temps are expected to be higher, but be aware that you will need to keep cooling in mind to get full potential of the card because it does get hot.
Other Thoughts: Don't buy this to run on 1080p. This card yawns at such resolutions. I decided to buy a 2k, 144hz monitor shortly after running this card. Now I am running 2k, max graphics, and typically over 100fps in all my games. Using this for 1080p is like using a chainsaw to cut open a hot pocket, its overkill.
- People will try to argue the msi lightning is better, but i disagree coming from my two prior 670 msi power editions and msi mobo. MSI pcbs, boards, and cards are cheaply made, flimsy, and break or end up having issues. Minimally larger clocks does not compensate for the quality you will get from buying this card over the lightning.
-If you got the cash and are willing and want to have the best gaming experience, then buy this card.
PS: This card has a very high power consumption, especially when stressed and oc'd. Don't be like some of the other reviewers trying to run on minimal or unstable psu's. I have 1000w platinum rated evga supernova, which might be overkill, but my machine is extremely stable with plenty of headroom.
Asus maximus viii formula z170
4x4 gskill 3200mhz ddr4
samsung 950 nvm ssd
asus matrix 980ti
evga supernova 1000w platinum rated
Phanteks evolv case
corsair gtx h110i aio with
2x noctua 3krpm 140mm industrial fans
dell 27" 2k, 144hz, 1ms resp, gsync monitor