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FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Brings life to old headphones 01/06/2015

This review is from: FiiO E12 Mont Blanc Portable Headphone Amplifier

Pros: Long battery life
Very little to no noise
Decent volume levels even on 600ohm cans

Cons: None that I have run into.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking to get some higher ohm headphones for mobile, this is a great pair

EVGA 04G-P4-2983-KR GeForce GTX 980 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The 980 is a stunning piece of hardware for so many reasons that I'm not even sure where to start.

Thermals - Not a problem, this card doesn't even kick it's fans on for me in most games as it runs under load at about 62-65c in an NZXT Switch 810 case

Noise - None, the fans are not even on most of the time, when they are still minimal noise.

Performance - Outstanding, running two in SLI at 1550core clock they have devoured every title thrown at them at 1080p, 5760x1080 and thus far even in Far Cry 4, Unity, DA: Inquisition maintain above 40fps with nearly max settings at 2160p.

Outputs - 3 Display Ports for NVSurround etc, HDMI 2.0 for a 4k TV set and a DVI for anything on the older side. Perfect.

Free games is always nice too.

Cons: Power Consumption - Don't believe the marketing grab, my system is pulling nearly the same power from the wall as it was with two R9 290X. Not really an issue but I don't like shady marketing tactics Nvidia, it's fine to say it is what it is.

Drivers - Early adopters deal with the issues, nothing new but it'd be nice if this usual nonsense skipped a generation

4GB VRAM - This is the bottleneck for 4k. I'm capping out my VRAM in several titles. Hoping to use the EVGA step up for what I pray will be a 6gb or 8gb.

LED Lighting - This doesn't seem to be configurable at all, can't even be disabled as of 344.75 drivers.

Other Thoughts: System
Windows 8.1
i7 5930k @ 4.6ghz
Asus Rampage V
GSkill DDR4 @ 3000mhz
2x EVGA GTX 980 SC ACX 2.0
EVGA Super Nova 1300W PSU
Samsung Evo 840 Pro SSD
2x WD Black 3TB HDD

Hands down the best GPU on the market right now and will chew through everything you hit them with. If you can afford it, what are you waiting for?

If you're hesitant about the VRAM - EVGA Step-Up is the best thing to happen for consumers when it comes to purchasing high end GPUs. 90 days to upgrade and only pay the difference.

NZXT Kraken X61 RL-KRX61-01 280mm All-In-One Water / Liquid CPU Cooling Solution
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This review will be in three parts. The actual products results, the installation with a G10 and the software.

Starting with the X61 itself, it's nothing short of amazing for a cooling solution if you don't want to do your own custom loop.

Temps on GPU1 idle down from 50-55 to 30-35c. Under load the max temp I've hit so far was 58c running Crysis 3 @ 2160p where I had previously been running into severe thermal throttling on my GPUs. So for it's cooling efficiency I give this an easy 5/5. Fans that come with it easily do the job, no need to replace them.

The actual installation process for the G10 bracket sold by NZXT was far easier than I was expecting. This is in part due to MSI making it very easy to remove their stock cooler though.

I had my stock cooler and old thermal tapes off in about 3-5 minutes. Usually this is one of the most tedious issues you'd run into. Mounting the bracket itself is very easy, simply choose if you want your fan blowing onto the PCB, or venting heat off.

For Crossfire/SLI configurations I suggest venting rather than blowing onto the card.So far it's a few degrees cooler.

A big thing to remember is to REPLACE your thermal tape for multi-GPU setups. If you're running one card with good air flow in the case you will be fine. But otherwise USE VRM heatsinks of some kind. Whether it be tape, or copper modules.

This is another area that NZXT expected work, the G10 bracket doesn't go over, or sit too tightly on most GPU models so you have room to put as many VRM heatsinks on your PCB as you need. I personally have 8, which is more than doing the job using one of the hottest running GPUs on the market @ 2160p. So if I can't overheat it, you shouldn't be able to either.

I'd say this is 3/5 ease of installation. If you're considering GPU liquid cooling for your first time there are tons of video guides on how to apply the G10 with an NZXT pump. Great place to start.

Now for the bad news.
The software is complete bunk. Sometimes when you boot up, it will work, others it'll just post temps but have no fan speed/rpm controls.

The remote temp monitor is what I really wanted out of this only to find out it still isn't available for Android. And I've had issues with the iOS version on my Ipad.

I wouldn't let this deter you from trying this pump out but just have the expectation that it'll be an issue with no likely fix in sight.

Cons: Read above review. Only real con is the software.


Nicholas N.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas N.

Date Joined: 05/06/08

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  • First Review: 05/09/08
  • Last Review: 01/06/15
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