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RAZER DeathStalker Ultimate Black Wired Elite Keyboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Just No 04/30/2014

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Pros: The design of the keyboard is creative. I like that you can program settings into it as well as change the color of the backlighting; but, that is the limits as far as this keyboard goes beyond being interesting for me. The main attraction was the SwitchBlade UI; but, I'll get to why that turns out to be more of a gimmick than a perk.

Cons: The major failure of this keyboard is the Switchblade UI. Why is this such a horrible blunder for so many users? Because the Razor Synapse 2.0 is the buggiest, flakiest software available on the web. It is so destructive, that my antivirus program marked it as a malicious software during an update and disabled it. It has even been so corrupt that it has disabled the USB and P2 support on my computer. I had to do windows recovery to restore those functions on my system. I went back and uninstalled the Synapse software, then reinstalled it again. Than I began to realize that the Switchblade UI was no glitchier than ever. If I hit anything on the UI it would glitch the displayed screen out, this means that the UI is virtually useless. So you have half a keyboard that you cannot do anything with.

Other Thoughts: I cannot in good conscious recommend this to any human being that I liked or disliked. It is putting money into the pockets of individuals who love shoving things out on to the market without properly testing it. This is very apparent with the notoriously buggy Synapse 2.0 software that you need to load the flaky UI. Avoid anything that needs that software to run, it is a death sentence for your hardware.

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PowerColor AX7990 6GBD5-2DHJ Radeon HD 7990 6GB 384-Bit x2 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is one of the most powerful GPUs ever produced. I can run games like World of Warcraft and a highly modded Skyrim on high resolutions with steady frames per second. I had the Sapphire 7990 in my original system; but, sent it back because it was causing excessive overheating. The next Sapphire 7990 I recieved was defective and hardware itself continually failed. I sent it back again and it was replaced with this card; which, I must say is much better than than the Sapphire card as it actually has an HDMI port on the back rather than a DVI port and four apple mini ports (seriously?). I installed a push pull cooling system in my large open case, which has a watercooled CPU. If you feel some strange urge to try out this card, this is one of the more stable versions of it.

Cons: This thing runs at 105 degrees on idle, meaning you are just sitting there in windows reading a word document. When you slap on a video game in high rez, it will handle it, for awhile; but, the intense heat will cause the card to spuratically cut itself off, causing horrible frame stutters and may even freeze or crash the program. I've had this thing freeze my system just watching YouTube. It handles heat and frame pacing very badly. It is said that the frame pacing issue can be resolved with a driver update that won't be available till next summer; but, who is going to pay $1000 now for a card that is defective in it's current state? It stays roughly around 100 degrees Fahrenheit; but, it will get up to 140 degrees when running a game. This is when the fans kick in causing that loud distinctive whine that others are complaining about. This is why I installed extra internal fans to cool the GPU; but, if you have the time it would be better to water cool the GPUs cores. You would do better saving your money up to xfire to single GPUs together rather than running a single one of these flaky monsters.

Other Thoughts: It was the most powerful GPU until the Titan was released; creating immediate competition for this card and smothering it to death due to Nvidia producing a vastly more stable card than ATI's 7990. Anyone running demanding games on this card needs to either use frame limiting or vsync or you will turn your system into a pile of molten metal and silicon. Don't even think of xfiring two of these together. It should be noted that the 6 Gigs of graphics ram is actually 3gigs. You have to divide the ram between the two GPUs this card is composed of and still a lot of that ram isn't even active, so it's more like 2gigs. It was clear that AMD bit off more than they could chew when they came up with this, in some desperate attempt to jump the gun on the next gen GPU; but, I believe Nvidia curb stomped them at their own game with their latest product. I tend to buy ATI just because they are cheaper; but, they are not built as solid as Nvidia cards. So, in the end, you are getting what you pay for, except in this case, you are getting a thousand dollar heater for your home, not a beastly GPU.

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Display Name: Russell W.

Date Joined: 06/02/10

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 01/16/14
  • Last Review: 04/30/14
  • Most Critical Review: 2 out of 5 eggs
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