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This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS SR910 Real 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset
Pros: - Looks nice – Red LEDs light up the outside of the ear cups, flat, red wires run from cup to cup through the padding, the microphone is retractable to keep it out of the way.
- Feel great – The noise-cancelling ear cups aren’t as hot as some others I have tried and the headband is fantastic. You forget you are wearing them. Most headbands make my head itch after a while, or they get heavy and make you sweat underneath. These are so much better.
Cons: - Tiny drivers = tiny sound. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t cut it as far as sound. I’ve tried many surround headphones, and the universal truth is that they all sound horrible compared to a two driver setup. I tuned and tuned, but I just cannot get these headphones to sound good. Gunfire is weak, voices sound further away and muted, music is thin. You can crank them up to hearing damaging levels and they sound a bit better, but who wants to destroy their eardrums to make tiny drivers sound a bit better? I tried these in Guild Wars 2 (everything sounds far away), Borderlands 2 (You want to know what makes Claptrap even MORE annoying? Listen to his voice through these), Mad Max, Heroes of the Storm, and Battlefield 4. Nothing sounded good through them.
- AWFUL software. – The first time I installed the software it killed off my Soundblaster drivers. They were unable to provide sound to my front speakers after unplugging the headphones. I had to reinstall the drivers to get them to work again. They also caused my Logitech mouse and keyboard to go nuts and stop working. I had to boot into safe mode to uninstall the G-Skill drivers in order for my mouse and keyboard to function again! The second time they worked much better. Why? Who knows. Same driver version. (The latest release, from their website.)
- The volume box. – Oh how I despise this. You set the volume via the knob. Then you can select the speakers by position (center, left, right, surround, etc.) and set the individual volume levels for them. And then if you use the volume knob to adjust the overall volume again, it RESETS EVERYTHING TO DEFAULT! Also, it’s digital and not analog, so you go from one notch where it’s a bit too quiet to the next notch where it’s a bit too loud and there’s nothing in between. Did they test this before shipping? Did someone think this was OK? It’s not.
Other Thoughts: I’m big on sound. I have a very nice 5.1 Polk setup for my living room, and 5.1 THX Creative speakers set up for my PC. I dislike using headphones, but sometimes you have to. I’ve tried half a dozen surround headphones that use a bunch of tiny drivers to simulate the surround, and they all sound bad. There are MUCH better options available. Headphones that use bigger drivers and simulate surround with software are much better at reproducing sound.
I gave these two eggs for the physical design alone. They feel that good on your head. Take that design and use bigger drivers and better software and you may have a winner. These are a pass.
Pros: Fast - My Steam games loaded noticeably quicker after being moved to this drive.
Quiet - If it makes noise, I can't hear it. I have a very quiet case, PSU, liquid CPU cooler, and GPU cards. At idle there is barely a hum from my PC. I swapped this drive in for a 640GB, 7200 RPM Seagate drive. If anything, it is quieter than the Seagate.
Cool - The temperature inside my case has actually dropped a few degrees since replacing my higher RPM drives with this.
Cons: Yeah, I got nothing.
Other Thoughts: My Steam folder lived by itself on a 640GB, 7200RPM Seagate drive. I cloned it onto this drive, and then cloned my MMORPG drive and my music drive to it as well. (I mean, 4TB! I still have a ton of empty space!) I removed the old drives and ran the clones to test the WD drive. My main OS drive is an SSD. I have an Intel i7-4930K, 24GB of RAM, and SLI GeForce 970s.
The first game I tried was Borderlands the Pre-Sequel. Load times were so fast I couldn't believe it. It cut down the loading screen between levels from about 20 seconds to around 5. I started testing all sorts of games, and everything is noticeably quicker to load. This isn't an upgrade you will buy and wonder if it is doing you any good. You will definitely notice the difference. iTunes even benefited. I admit I was a bit worried when I saw 5400 RPM, because once you get used to 7200 or 10,000 RPM drives, you never want to go back. But, in this instance the 8GB of NAND flash is clearly enough to more than compensate for the lower platter speed. Given some of the studies I've read about SSDs and data volatility, I am leaning towards getting more of these drives.
Superb product. I can't think of any reason not to own one, especially given the price is way cheaper than any decently sized SSD drive.
Pros: - 80 Plus Gold certified
- Super quiet: It really does not add any noise to my case. Sometimes I put my hand next to the exhaust just to make sure the fan works.
- Integrates with Corsair Link: May be not a huge plus to you, but my liquid cooling, case, and PSU are all Corsair so it's nice to be able to get information on them all in the same place.
- Awesome package - Wrapped cables in a nice bag and a velvet bag/cover for the PSU.
Cons: - Not 80 Plus Platinum - Uses a bit more power on idle than my other PSU. (Which is platinum)
- I could be a grumpy Gus and make things up, but really there is nothing wrong with this PSU.
Other Thoughts: I really wish my Corsair 750w PSU came with wrapped cables like this one. I have no desire to re-route my entire case, though, so even with this PSU in my case I am using my other Corsair's cables. My manuals say to use 1000w PSU if I am running SLI and a bunch of drives, but honestly my 750w was running them just fine before. Maybe if I was overclocking the snot out of everything I would need it, but for now it just uses extra power.READ FULL REVIEW