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ZOTAC ZT-60408-20L GeForce GT 630 1GB 64-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready ZONE Edition Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: * Decent performance for the price in video games.

Cons: * Massive DPC latency spikes
* Bulky, awkwardly-shaped heatsink
* DDR3, not GDDR3

Other Thoughts: I bought this video card to power an HTPC I had pieced together out of several older parts. Specifically, I bought it to replace an AMD Radeon 6570 whose fan was making an obnoxious amount of noise.

The video card performed admirably in the (admittedly casual) video games I threw at it, but I kept noticing a weird issue where the audio would cut out, become distorted, and desync slightly whenever I would watch Netflix, YouTube, or any other video. It also occurred when listening to music, and seemed to be triggered by doing pretty much anything--leaving the mouse completely still would fix the issue, but as soon as I would move the mouse or hover over any kind of UI element (in Windows, in the browser, anywhere), the audio would stutter and glitch out.

After much research, I figured out that I was experiencing massive DPC latency spikes due to some kind of device in my system. 3 hours of research, driver tweaking, and trial/error later, I tracked the issue down to this card. When I put the noisy Radeon back in the machine, the audio problems went away.

Bottom line: do not buy this video card for an HTPC, or if you plan to watch internet videos like Netflix or YouTube. I doubt the issue will occur for everyone but the problem was bad enough that I had to pretty much write off my $60 purchase of this card as a waste.

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SONY Violet MDR-EX58V/VLT In-Ear EX Earbud with Volume Control (Violet)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great sound of out a small package 06/07/2012

This review is from: SONY Violet MDR-EX58V/VLT In-Ear EX Earbud with Volume Control (Violet)

Pros: I have owned several sets of earbud headphones in the past few years. Most of them were absolute garbage, but a few companies know how to make them right. Apparently Sony is one of those companies. These earbuds have great bass and crystal-clear highs. They cancel just enough noise without falling victim to the classic "oblivious earbud user" category.

Cons: While the lows and the highs are great, the mid-range tends to get a little lost. I find that this hurts rock music the most, while techno and hip-hop type sounds work much better with these earbuds.

Other Thoughts: I wish Newegg had these in more colors than just purple and red. I prefer my earbuds to be more inconspicuous, so I prefer black.

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RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Smooth, accurate, impossible to keep clean 06/07/2012

This review is from: RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

Pros: This mouse held up to its reputation well. It's smooth, it's accurate, and it even looks snazzy. The thumb buttons have a very satisfying click to them and the size is perfect for my fairly large hands. The buttons are taller than many thumb buttons on gaming mice, but they have enough resistance that you don't click them accidentally. I personally find that they're perfectly spaced and perfectly sized.

Cons: Clicking the mouse wheel is a little difficult without also rolling the wheel a little. Don't assign anything important to Mouse 3 in FPS games, because you'll be switching weapons while trying to hit it.

Also, this mouse is freaking impossible to keep clean. The surface and texture on the top of the mouse are fine, although I'm already noticing wear on the left mouse button where my finger sits (thanks, Diablo 3!). The problem is the glossy surface that is the rest of the mouse. Not only does it attract fingerprints like crazy, but if your hands aren't 100% pristine and perfectly clean, it feels sticky. If you like to eat while you game, be sure to keep a washcloth or something nearby to wipe down the mouse afterwards. I recommend washing your hands before using it; you'll keep it clean and shiny much longer that way.

Other Thoughts: I actually bought this to replace a much more expensive (over $100) gaming mouse that I got for Christmas. That mouse was defective from day one--there's a bit of plastic covering the laser hole. I won't mention who made the mouse, but let's just say they've always kind of been known for shoddy products, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. This mouse is just as responsive as that mouse while also tracking correctly (a feature I find pretty important in a mouse).

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Display Name: Justin O.

Date Joined: 06/03/06

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/26/08
  • Last Review: 06/25/14
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