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G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty strong first entry into the gaming headset arena, with some quirks 09/26/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset

Pros: *Make sure you update the software for this headset to the latest version - this review is being posted AFTER updating the v0.1.0.19 software - see Other Thoughts for more info on that!*

Very accurate sound, especially in 5.1 and 7.1 surround

Extremely comfortable to wear for long periods, which is rare with 'leather' ear cups

Pretty lightweight considering the size of the drivers

Inline control unit to adjust volume (Main, Front, Center, Rear, Side, Sub) with a mute button for the microphone

Seem to be very solidly constructed, less 'give' than most headsets in this price range

Neat LED effects on the outside of each driver

Tons of different EQ settings and environment settings

RipJaws software package is pretty lightweight and unobtrusive, averaging under 20MB of system memory

Microphone recesses into the headset, which is extremely convenient

The packaging for this headset was first rate, exactly what you'd expect for the price

Cons: Microphone quality is sub-par, especially at this price point

Significant distortion at higher volumes, can be compensated by lowered the bass on the EQ, but still pretty significant

Cord is just standard rubber - kind of expect a braided cable at this price point

USB connectivity only - will not work with a 3.5mm minijack connection

Software package looks like it's straight out of 2001

RipJaws software is NOT included with the headset, but based on the problems I had with the release software, that's probably a good thing

Kind of a large headset, may not be easy to transport - especially important if you plan on travelling with it

Does not include any sort of carrying case, would expect something to store the headset in at this price point

The headset does NOT break down - again, making it difficult to transport

Other Thoughts: I've spent a couple weeks with this headset, using it to play a number of genres of games (including a full playthough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution in full surround) and I've got to admit, this is a really great headset. The sound quality at average volumes is really phenomenal, better than anything I've heard from Logitech or SteelSeries. It's seriously on par with AudioTechnica or Sennheiser - no joke.

One important note - I was ready to write this headset off as a total flop when I first started using it. I installed the release version of the RipJaws software and the headset just created a constant feedback loop of itself. Just one increasing and looping echo, to the point I uninstalled the software. The sound quality without RipJaws installed is pretty average, Windows does a good job with some enhancements, but the RipJaws software really lets you make the necessary tweaks to the sound to get the best results. G.Skill released a new version of their software on September 18th, v0.1.0.19 - it is ESSENTIAL you download that version. Once I did that it was like a brand new headset.

That said, there are still some flaws - many features I've come to expect from a gaming headset at this price point are missing - no carrying case, lackluster microphone (acceptable for in-game comms, wouldn't use it for streaming/recording), very bulky and doesn't break down - but those things aside, if this is going to be your "home" gaming headset, this is a great option. The SR910 is extremely comfortable, even for 2+ hour sessions, they didn't even seem on my head after a while. The surround sound is immersive, positioning is accurate (even in non-5.1/7.1 encoded games), and the frequency response is one of the best I've heard.

So overall, a really great start for G.Skill in the gaming headset arena, I hope they take what they learned from this foray and apply it to the next version.

4/5 eggs, subtracted 1 egg for some of those missing features at this price point, and the spectacularly average microphone

WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Great 4TB SSHD, Not So Great Price 08/19/2015

This review is from: WD Blue WD40E31X 4TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Desktop SSHD Bare Drive

Pros: Ton of storage (formatted capacity of 3.725TB, 3.63TB accessible)

SSD caching definitely makes this after than a standard platter HDD

Drive runs pretty cool (about 2 degrees C cooler than 4TB WD Green drive)

NewEgg's new shipping for bare HDD's is EXCEPTIONAL (full seashell packaging isolated and packed inside another box)

More SSD cache than most hybrid drives of this size (8GB vs. 4GB in most drives)

Extremely quiet drive (could only hear it while it was starting up)

Cons: Pretty pricey compared to other 4TB platter HDD's

Will only see performance improvements in specific applications (small files frequently accessed, OS files, etc)

Platter seek times seem very average, more than likely due to the 5400 RPM spindle speed

Other Thoughts: This is a great drive, but I think it's just a LITTLE too expensive. Compared to a standard 4TB platter drive you're spending $40-50 more for this drive (about 30-40% more) and really only getting about a 10% general improvement in performance. Obviously, doesn't compare to a true SSD (see my benchmarks below), but compared to a standard platter drive it is definitely faster.

All in all, I trust WD as a brand, and I would personally pay $20 more than a competitor for the same product to know I'm getting a trusted brand.

Overall rating: 4/5 eggs, subtracted 1 egg for the price being just a little steep ($175 at the time of review).

Benchmarks (comparison drive is a 4TB WD WD40EZRX Green drive):

Blue - 4KB transfer 131MB/s write, 135MB/s read
Green - 4KB transfer 100MB/s write, 128MB/s read

Blue - 8192KB transfer 146MB/s write, 144 MB/s read
Green - 8192KB transfer 133MB/s write, 134MB/s read



Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 142.673 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 142.857 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.575 MB/s [ 628.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 2.255 MB/s [ 550.5 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 148.701 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 142.466 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.838 MB/s [ 204.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 2.152 MB/s [ 525.4 IOPS]


Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 133.559 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 130.359 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.964 MB/s [ 235.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1.315 MB/s [ 321.0 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 133.403 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 127.502 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.335 MB/s [ 81.8 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 1.186 MB/s [ 289.6 IOPS]

Intel 530 180GB SSD:

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 478.653 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 185.902 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 192.830 MB/s [ 47077.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 136.577 MB/s [ 33344.0 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 358.210 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 173.427 MB/s

CORSAIR RM1000i 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The Best Sub-$200 Power Supply Available 07/30/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR RM1000i 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Fully Modular (including 24-pin and 8-pin mains)

Extremely powerful 12V rail (great for big video cards)

80 Plus Gold efficiency (90-91%)

Silent fan operation at idle

Multi-rail or single rail operation for 12V

CorsairLink control (really cool system, free software download)

Extremely high quality components (really beefy caps)

1000 watts of power - pretty much future-proofs your system

built like a battleship

7 year warranty (it IS 7 years - NewEgg only lists 5 years!)

Cons: Not 80 Plus Platinum

Not all the cables are fully braided

"Only" 1000 watts (not like you REALLY need more these days)

Somewhat deeper than a standard ATV PSU (will fit pretty much any modern case, however)

Can run a LITTLE hot due to the low RPM fan

Other Thoughts: Corsair really hit a home run with this new RMi series. They took a lot of the great features of the AX PSU's and put them in a package that doesn't break the bank. You're not getting the insane efficiency, but you're also saving a bit of money. I was able to power an i7 4770k, 16GB of DDR3, a GTX770 and 6 2TB HDD's - never even broke a sweat under full loads. I've been using Corsair PSU's in my builds for over a decade, and this new RMi series is probably the best balance of performance and price they've ever achieved, There are still compelling reasons to look into the AX series, but if you're on a budget and still looking for a reliable, powerful, and efficient power supply that is going to last you a LONG time - look no further. I rarely give 5 eggs, as that implies a perfect product, but this is one that hits the mark for me. 5 out of 5 eggs.


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