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Logitech M570 910-001799 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs The only thumb trackball currently in production 01/14/2014

This review is from: Logitech M570 910-001799 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball

Pros: - Best sensitivity of any thumb-trackball ever produced.
- Good battery life. (Averages over a year).
- Has forward & back buttons, which previous wired model did not have.
- Smooth-rolling ball. (Better average build quality than the MS thumb trackball.)

Cons: - No wired version available.
- Wireless can be flaky if receiver is located too far from mouse.
- A bit small for large hands.

Other Thoughts: This is the only thumb-trackball currently in production, and overall it is the best version that has been made.

The biggest gripe that can be made for desktop use is that you may have to deal with wireless issues, when there is really no need for a trackball (which doesn't move) to be wireless for that use-case.

I recommend locating the receiver as close as possible to the mouse to prevent the occasional hiccups that some people have mentioned in other reviews. If there is a USB port on your monitor close to the mouse, you might consider using that.

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MSI R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs CF is now viable 11/07/2013

This review is from: MSI R9 290X 4GD5 BF4 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 Video Card

Pros: The cards are fast, but you probably already knew that. Crossfire has come a long way from where it once was. I remember the microstutter and texture corruption that I commonly ran into when trying to run dual 4870s a couple generations ago.

Now, the driver support is much better, there is no stuttering, and the games that I've tested so far at least seem to work the same with CF or not - which is what you'd expect. CF also no longer requires the physical bridges as SLI still does.

My dual 290xes are driving 3 30" 2560x1600 monitors - one of them is a 3007WFP that I bought quite a few years back, and the other two are U3011s that I bought more recently. I couldn't do surround gaming on them with nVidia, because they require the sync polarity to be the same on all of the monitors, and mine were not. AMD Crossfire however has no such limitation.

The horsepower really wasn't there to drive a setup like this before anyway. Now with this latest generation of cards though, it's viable. I get pretty good framerates in all of the games I've tested.

Cons: A bit loud, but I knew what I was getting into after reading the reviews.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to high-res multi-GPU, multi-monitor gaming, AMD is definitely the way to go.

The 290 (no X) that was just released is probably a better value for your money, though it is a bit louder still than the 290X. If you have the time and expertise, I'd suggest buying two or three of those and installing more powerful air or water coolers.

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CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Keeps my 3930K cool. 63C max @4GHz in Prime95.

Cons: Had trouble initially getting it to fit on my socket 2011 motherboard. I had to bend one of the clamp prongs with a wrench in order to get it to fit.

Other Thoughts: It's a bit loud when running at maximum power, but does a great job at cooling.

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Timothy W.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy W.

Date Joined: 10/01/05

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 11/06/09
  • Last Review: 01/14/14
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