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Creative Sound Blaster ZxR PCIe 124dB SNR Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I recently purchased an MSI x99 board which promised this awesome audio with the Realtek driver. The digital didn't work at all (crackling) and the analog was just meh.

Finally dug deep and spent the last of my cash on this. Totally well worth it! It took me some time to learn all the controls associated to manipulate Windows, VLC, games, etc... Specifically, switching between the headset breakout and my Z5500 wasn't as easy as I thought, but now that I know the process it'll soon be second nature.

The sound is AMAZING! Didn't know I could get my ATH-PRO700 headphones to sound any better... and ummm... they do.

Cons: If you're used to out-of-the-box audio that just plugs in and does it's thing, there's a small learning curve associated with this purchase.

Other Thoughts: If you're on the fence with buying this, go ahead and make the plunge.

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HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4-24000) Desktop Memory Model HX430C15PB2K4/16
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - It's Kingston (how could you go wrong?)
- Works as advertised
- Excellent Warranty
- Ummmm... FAST!

Cons: -None

Other Thoughts: I purchased 32GB of this for an ASRock X99 board that had it in the list of compatible memory. The ASRock board was DOA (reboot cycle on both BIOS), which turned out to be third ASRock board in a year that died, so I'm done with ASRock. Picked up an MSI board and the thing works like a champ! And even this memory isn't on the list of supported memory for the MSI board, it took some tweaking with the overclock [because the memory is overclocked too], but the MSI board hasn't had a problem with it. LOVE Kingston Memory.

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Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: - Beautiful, simple, quality construction
- Sound dampening
- Cable management
- No windows... all utility

Cons: The motherboard tray is beveled (it is flat on most other chassis), which was obviously by design for the cable management on the opposite side. The problem with this is that on many [all x99] boards, the SATA connectors are angled to the side of the board and stacked in twos. This case effectively eliminates use of the bottom five of the ten SATA connections. Fortunately, thanks to M.2, I'm only using one SATA connector, but this is clearly an oversight that a builder with many SATA drives using this chassis needs to be conscious of.

Other Thoughts: I'm not overly fond of how the hard drives require the utility of BOTH side doors... one to mount the drive (which is super easy) and the other side for the connection/power. I don't change out my drives all that often so no biggie.

I'm also a little uneasy about the buttons in the back to take off the side doors. Seems to me they won't stand the test of time. Would be nice if there were your typical two screw holes for each side in the rear as a backup.

Others have mentioned how the front door is a little goofy, but not a deal breaker.

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Richard O.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard O.

Date Joined: 02/14/04

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 19
  • First Review: 06/27/08
  • Last Review: 12/31/14
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