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This review is from: Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 32 watts RMS 2.0 Speakers
Pros: Sleek looks
Cons: Muffled sound
Too expensive when not on sale (for the performance you get)
Other Thoughts: I bought these on sale as my new work speakers. Compared to something like Swan M10s and Klipsch Promedia 2.1s these have the advantage of smaller form factor. If space is not an issue get the alternative, as they will blow these away in performance. The Swans outshine these in every category, especially clarity and high/mids. The Promedias does the same but offers more for the money for bass heads.
I thought the highs on these were exaggerated a bit but decent sounding. Mids are acceptable. Lows are so poor/unnatural I'd rather just leave the the knob turned all the way down.
I'm going to lend these to my sister so she can blast em for a few days for the break in. I rather not fatigue my own ears.
This review is from: Corsair Vengeance MM200 CH-9000012-WW Compact Gaming Mouse Mat
Pros: Smooth, low drag tracking
Resistant to wear and tear
Cons: nothing at the moment
Other Thoughts: I originally thought there couldn't be much difference between this and the qck mousepad (and went with the latter). I ended up purchasing the Corsair later on an impulse and you really see the difference from prolonged use.
The qck gets dirty where my wrist sits while the Corsair does not have any sign of gunk/debris buildup after almost 2 months of use, additionally, the Corsair grips much better and does not slip around my glass tray compared to the Qck.
The surface is also much smoother than Qck as far as glide is concerned.
Pros: Silent operation through fan off mode
6 phase power (compared to EVGA's 4)
higher component quality
"free" back plate
Cons: not the best for overclocking, this card is for those that don't really bother OCing and just want a quiet, aesthetic PC.
Other Thoughts: I've been waiting for two years and I've finally got my hands on a Maxwell, while we're not technically getting the most due to this iteration being 28nm, the performance of GTX 970 is still enough to leave AMD in the dust and come close to beating the 780 Ti.
I am glad Newegg ran out of stock on GAME24 night so fast. I almost bought an EVGA on impulse because ASUS had the Strix out of stock since availability. Had I ordered an EVGA card I would be banging my head on the desk at this moment.
Here are some information I gathered from reading articles:
1. EVGA uses lowest quality components among all the major Nvidia partners.
2. EVGA ACX cooler is both loud and inefficient. I would venture to say ACX 2.0 is probably no different. People are reporting 30 decibels on idle.
3. EVGA used cost-cutting measures like using previous generation heat sink on this generation's graphics cards - resulting in poor alignment and thermal conductivity (they've made a post claiming this is "by design").
So to those that happen to read my review, steer clear of EVGA for this generation!!
If you want the highest performance, go MSI or GIGABYTE, MSI overclocks better than EVGA and has higher component quality (so your card won't randomly die on you as frequently).
If you want good bundled value and don't really bother overclocking, go with ASUS. This card is not really an overclocker by the way (you have manually set fan to 50% to push the card, and you only get one power connector with this card).