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This review is from: Turtle Beach X12 XBOX 360 Headset
Pros: In a computer using a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z [equalizer custom Classical settings]. Mid tones and treble are simply outstanding. Bass is good.
Microphone is very good.
Very comfortable ear pads, comfortable tightness [my first set was too tight until they were broken in].
Cons: As others have pointed out, the plastic holding the ear cups is poor. I used care with mine, with the exception of often taking them off of my head too often with the ear cups.
They lasted 19 months, I was very disappointed in losing a great headset.
The volume and other controls on the cord were too easily adjusted with the slightest bump. The second set is much more firm. If this is a regular variation - from poor to good, then quality control should be better.
Other Thoughts: I do not know why a reviewer below said the microphone is poor, I am using a computer and mic fidelity is outstanding.
These headsets do not need care when putting them on or removing them, they need great care.
Pros: Very good for gaming.
Very Overclockable. [Because of low voltage requirements of Ivy Bridge, 6 phase for the CPU is
good enough for moderate overclocking (up to 4.4GHz ~ 4.6GHz), on air with great air flow and room ambient temperature around 72 to 75 degrees F.]
Cons: Almost none.
1st PCIe [16x] slot is too close to my large CPU air cooler. I have to use a "flat tip" screw driver to unlock the video card latch lock.
Other Thoughts: I was in the computer industry for decades, owned my own company, and among other titles was a designer and computer consultant; my field of study was primarily computer hardware. I also used to have a hobby of overclocking until something broke, in order to find limits in components. I have gained a lot of knowledge from those experiments. However, I am now disabled and can no longer afford to break things.
Although I do other work on my computer, my primary requirement is for playing games and helping others with answers to problems in computer forums.
I am old and because of my health I use a great deal of medication, however, I enjoy gaming and even more, the gaming community with the use of TeamSpeak.
On another important note, and that is many people giving negative reviews skip important basic information, for example, do not state that they and the computer were or were not grounded during build or upgrade, or provide system details - for example an inadequate PSU can cause havoc and, in some cases, eventual death of hardware. This lack of information degrades the accuracy of some reviews, and sometimes renders them useless; please keep that in mind, especially when reading negative reviews that do not list basic information about their build.
I ground myself and the computer, the result is, over 30 years+ in the computer field, with the exception of one stick of defective RAM and a few power supplies and hard drives that were made from the same factory batch and arrived in the same shipment, I have experienced almost no hardware problems, especially over the last 10 years.
And, over those past 30 years plus I have built so many systems [and repaired even more - that were built by different companies than ours or mine] that I cannot tell you a number, I built or repaired too many to recall.
I know this is a very long review and I appreciate and want to thank you for your patience to those that have read it completely.
My Computer specs :
Motherboard: Z77X-D3H [version 1.0], BIOS version F16
Power Supply: Corsair TX650M
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
CPU: Intel i5 3570K
Thermal compound: GELID GC-EXTREME [Prolimatech PRO is almost as good]
CPU Cooler: Noctura NH-C14 --- with both fans it clears G.Skill RipJaws X by ~ 3/16 inch [this cooler is good for an overclock up to ~ 4.6GHz continual use [my CPU cruses at 4.4GHz], depending upon CPU quality [luck of the draw] and case air temperature - however, this cooler is large]
Video: Sapphire R9 290 [I use MSI Afterburner to manipulate fan speeds on the reference version.]
RAM: 16GB G.Skill RipJaws X, DDR3 1866 @ CAS 9 [Ripjaws Z also works as both are 40mm tall]
Solid State Drive: Intel 330 Series 180GB SATA 3
HDD: WD 640GB Black, WD 1TB Black
Case: HAF 922 [with an extra 200mm fan in door].
Pros: Outstanding overclocker. Mine went to 4.8GHz with a good air cooler and case.
Other Thoughts: My computer build is over a year and a half old and it still runs better that a "Swiss watch". After this amount of time for benchmarking in summer months I do not push it past 4.6GHz because of high room temperature, and, I want it to live a long life.
For normal operations I drop it down a notch and it cruses through games at 4.5GHz with no problem at just over 1.2 volts.
It obviously holds up over time. Don't be afraid of this CPU, and now prices are as very attractive.
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-C14 140mm x 2 SSO
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 [with three 200mm fans]
[To Endoz, off topic, your dog needs vitamins. I wanted to help him with his question.]