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This review is from: Razer Tartarus Membrane Gaming Keypad
Pros: I was in the market for a replacement for my Belkin Nostromo n52te which the key paint was starting to wear out due to excessive use. So I opted for the Logitech G13 game pad which took up way to much real estate on my desk, that game pad was huge! It also broke about a week into it. Yes the right thumb space bar just stopped working so I returned that and opted for the Tartarus. Well a few things I noticed compared to the G13 was that the Tartarus was waaay more responsive in game. I usually play FPS and I could definitely can tell the difference. Another being it's size the Tartarus is smaller and IMO alot more comfortable. I have medium size hands and the feeling is perfect, might be different for someone with large hands though. The palm rest has a two position slider that adjusts to I'm assuming a medium and large hand. Which was better than the n52te which you had to remove the palm rest off and place it into the second position. I also personally love the lighting option it gives you through the software as from the previous generation it had a switch on or off. In this case the green light brightness can be adjusted manually or even set to pulsate. They also replaced the thumb space bar which from a button to a click lever would be the best way to explain it but it feels natural so that is a plus and the directional joy stick also feels natural with clicks for registering as well also a plus. I thought the green would be an awful choice for key lighting but it's grown on me and my blue themed gaming PC and no there is no option to change the lighting color.
Cons: So cons and the main reason I only gave it 3 eggs. First no polling rate! Call it a placebo affect but I really feel like it made a difference from the previous generation which would give you the option of adjusting it. As a matter of fact in the newegg review on youtube I think they even mention this version having a polling rate which it DOES NOT. Second they removed the scroll wheel from the n52te version. So you may ask "who needs a second scroll wheel!?!" Well it's not that I need it but the fact is that scroll wheel acted as 3 seperate buttons and they only replaced it with one!?!? The middle scroll push button was one, second and third being scroll up or down. Remember you could reassign all 3 options to what ever you wanted. They also removed the internal storage for a cloud type memory why not both?! Does that very little megabits of storage save them that much money! The feel and texture are also almost identical to the previous generation which means I will probably get the keys wearing there black paint off in no time. One last gripe I get the dreaded key sticking from other reviewers as well and it just happens to be the key I designated alt to. So when I hit tab in game guess what happens.......Yup I scroll through all my open applications and I have to manually deselect my profile and select it again to correct the issue temporarily, because it does happen repeatedly.
Other Thoughts: For me it was purely cosmetic my old n52te edition was getting old buttons where sticking but very rarely not as much as this new Tartarus game pad. Although the changes are minimal I do like the new Tartarus it looks nice and feels better then the Logitech G13 if FPS is what you are playing. Would I purchase this again? NO I would have kept my old n52te given the price of this keypad non mechanical keys for 70.00 and even though I had a bad experience with logitech at least there 70.00 game pad came with a LCD display which I thought was extremely useful and software that worked. The only fault in that was that the thumb space bar broke and it's size was limiting my desk real estate. Hopefully I touch on one of the subjects you may have had a question about but as for me if I had a do over I would have stayed with my old but fully functional n52te.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Easy install, great read and write speeds on sata III everything you'd expect from an ssd.
Cons: Support, little to none no forums spoke with tech support after showing small degradation in speeds on ssd they suggested a erase program can't remember which one doesn't matter none worked secure erase was the one they suggested but no help on why it didn't work finally parted magic somewhat worked saw a little improvement. There tech guy recommended a fresh install stating that was the same as secure erase :/ not sure if that is correct I'm used to the good old flash ssd in a command prompt oh well still very happy with my ssd this is a business class ssd I think requiring low maintenance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: sata 3 usb 3.0 pci-express 2.0 x16 x8 (difference in performance between x16 x16 is under 10%) Decided to go with this board for the sata 3 an older ssd that I had died which was sata 2 most ssd's out there now are sata 3 my old ssd was a vertex 2 in raid 0 now I have a kingston v+200 120gb and boy does this thing smoke! Didn't want to upgrade processor just yet to a am3+ so I kept my old 1090t was still able to manage same overclock as before 3.6 just by raising the multiplier (not very good at adjusting voltages so 3.6 is good for now) I like the color scheme sata connections are very well layed out 2 sata 6gb are facing up and the rest are angled. I personally liked the cpu phase led's in blue. My previous board was the msi 880gm-e43 so yeah you can say I am a msi fan :) Not sure why this board is cheaper than the 970a-g45 version I don't see a big difference in the two.
Cons: None as of yet didn't go raid but I feel for the guy who knocked this board because he couldn't get it to run that could be frustrating.
Other Thoughts: Specs:
am3 1090t cpu
his iceQ turboX 6950
G.skill ddr3 8gb's
kingston v+200 120gb ssd
(secondary 250gb hard drive western digital)
corsair h60 cpu cooler
killer nic 2100
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