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This review is from: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Really easy to set up. My G skill sniper ram and fx-8350 clocked out perfectly on first boot. The bios was really easy to sift through, though there isn't a ton of features. The overclocking utility took my cpu to 4.2 pretty easily. Also, set up three hard drives in a raid 0 just for fun that works great. All around, this is a great board for the price if you only want some minor overclocking and have one gfx card or only need simple crossfire set up.
Cons: The fan controlling part of the bios wasn't that great. It works, but it's not very intuitive and doesn't off very specific control. Still, it works good enough that for the board, I'm not dissapointed, but would like to see that work a little better.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Best pro was these were one of only a couple purple led fans I could find. I really wanted to get something other than blue, green or red this build, and the color on these is really great. They move a good amount of air and over all, they aren't too noisy. The 3 pin connector will not control well from the motherboard, but with a fan controller, these are very easy to control. I have 5 of them in my Zalman Z9 controlled by a NZXT Sentry Mix 2 and they all look great together! =D
Cons: I hate to say it but these really aren't the quietest fans I've used, and really not the absolute best airflow. I debated taking an egg off, but the aesthetics really do make up for it. That being said, the airflow is decent, but it isn't very focused. Also, especially with that fact all 5 are this way, at max speed, they have a decent amount of motor noise. It's actually louder than my Cooler Master Seidon's pump noise, but not so loud that it drowns that or anything else out. That is just a bit too noisy for me but the fan controller works great for this. In comparrison though, I also have some Cougar fans that are near silent at max and have great focused airflow, so they really don't measure up to cougars.
Other Thoughts: If you are purely for airflow and quiet, these definitely aren't the best fans, but if you want something that has some nice flash with good performance, these really are perfect for that.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS41-LR 2 CH Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair
Pros: I remembered seeing these go on sale last thanksgiving and thought it would be a good deal, but wasn't sure. I'm very picky about sound, and didn't know I was a bit of an audiophile till i started researching these. My major problem is clarity, most cheaper speakers have none; most speakers have no, or very muddy base; and most 2.1 setups, while having better low base, have a very weak low-mid range that just dies. Especially in music, this is where intruments like Chellos go completely dead and that would drive me nuts.
Once I got these hooked I was very suprised at how clear they sounded. I ended up pairing them with a sony 2 channel 270w reciever that was in my budget (actually, I still spent more than I should of at the time) and with just a little equalizer tweaking got them to where I was very happy. The low-mids are very strong, and the base is very clear while still having a decent amount of punch. Also the highs aren't shrill, which really bugs me when that happens, but aren't mudded out by the rest of the speaker either. Overall, I can't believe I got this quality for that price!
Cons: Still can't pretend I'm a real audiophile though, just a wannabe one.
Other Thoughts: If you're like me and don't have the thousands to spend in high end, and bose is letting you down more and more, I don't think you'll be disappointed at all with these.READ FULL REVIEW