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ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 10 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Clean Aesthetic Design
- Plenty of SATA Ports
- Quality Construction
- Ultra M2 Port
- Killer Ethernet Port
- Dedicated Mouse Port
- HDD Saver Port
- Long 3 year warranty

At first when I saw the picture of this motherboard I thought it looked really boring but when I got to see it in person I knew I was extremely wrong. The pictures do not do the board justice. The Sapphire Black PCB is a deep dark contrast to the metallic blood read heatsinks. The picture makes the heatsinks look bland and bright red which in reality they have that nice metallic shimmer and are a darker blood red. It's very professional looking in person, don't be fooled. this tiny board remarkably had 10 SATA port on it for a ton of storage options, in addition to the Ultra M2 port if you choose to use for another storage space. The integrated Killer Ethernet port is a big plus to this unit as it prioritizes network traffic for gaming. The dedicated mouse port is great for adjust mouse sensitivity for mice that do not have adjustable settings as well. What I thought is really cool is the HDD Saver port on the board. Not only will it allow for a clean looking HDD hook up because the wires terminate right there it also allows you to turn on and turn off hard drives without unplugging anything. This can be useful for putting less wear and tear on your hard drives that don't need to be on all the time and also provide extra security for the same reason.

The BIOs for this board are easy to navigate and well thought out. The GUI makes using them a breeze and there are a bunch of options for all user levels.

The packaging for this use was pretty standard, the included case badge looks professional and classy and is a nice touch.

Cons: - Not all PCI-Express ports are 3.0
- Less RAM slots versus Standard ATX 2011-v3 boards

A negative to this board is that not all of the PCI-E slots are 3.0 or full speed. This causes an issue if you want to try to SLI/Crossfire 3 slot or oversized video cards. The bottom PCI-E slot is the 2.0 port and according to the documentation can only work with PCI-E x4 cards. This means a video card can be placed into this slot even though it will physically fit into it.

Because this board is a Micro ATX size they had to reduce the number of Ram slots for this board. That is a downer but it can still support up to 64 GB in total. This just means you would need to spend more for high capacity RAM.

Other Thoughts: I've worked with AsRock boards for my last 5 builds and I've never had an issue with them. Some people have this perception that AsRock is not a good board but I challenge that opinion. I've seen nothing but quality from them

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Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs An Underwhelming Experience 04/03/2015

This review is from: Corsair SABRE USB Wired RGB Laser Gaming Mouse

Pros: - Stylish Aesthetics
- Great Package Design
- Smooth & Textured Scroll Wheel
- Braided USB Cable

The outside packaging is a bit basic and normal however when you open the box the way the plastic housing for the mouse integrates with the cardboard packaging has been thought out thoroughly. Everything fits together like a simple puzzle (oxymoron?). No space is wasted and it is very easy to re-package as well.

It's an intermediate level gaming mouse so the aesthetics are designed to suit that demographic and function. That being said, it has enough customizable LEDs on it to entertain a little kid for a long time....! The shape of the mouse is great for larger hands as it has a lot of surface area and the buttons click pretty effortlessly. My favorite thing about this mouse is the scroll wheel. It has a nice texture which allows your finger to grip it very easily. It feels really natural when scrolling and is comfortable.

Cons: - Cheap plastic feeling
- Extremely Lightweight.... too light
- Requires software to be installed for extra features
- Will not operate off of keyboard USB ports

The worse thing about this mouse is how cheap it feels for the price. It feel horribly underweight and the materials would reflect that. There is nothing that gives this mouse a durable feeling. The plastic seems thin and if ever got dropped on the floor more than a few times I would expect it to break or crack. I prefer heavier mice so I might be a little bias with that aspect but even for mice that are light this just feels like that could be an issue with use.

Another bad aspect of this mouse is that it requires more power than your standard mouse. I can not connect it to my G15 keyboard ports as it will not function. The other issue is that software is required to customize the LEDs that isn't included in the box.

Other Thoughts: If you like really light-weight mice and can catch this mouse on sale then this might be the choice for you. I wouldn't get this if you prefer heavy mice.

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CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4-21300) C16 Memory Kit - Red Model CMK16GX4M4A2666C16R
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: · Low Profile Solid Aluminum Heatsink
· Quad Channel Kit
· Aesthetically Pleasing Design
· Lifetime Warranty

The packing/packaging of the ram is pretty standard however what set this a part is that the emblems had a layer of protective plastic on them. That was a nice touch to ensure they wouldn't be scratched so I appreciate that. I also was afraid that the red aluminum would look too candy red for my motherboard but thankfully it is more of a darker aluminum color and it blends right in perfectly (the optical properties of the aluminum helps this). When seating the ram they felt pretty sturdy and well made.

The heatsink design is both a plus and a minus, here I will state why it is a plus: 2666 Mhz is considered overclocked already, and with dimensions of the ram, these are able to go into a smaller case/board setup while still maintain the clock speed without cooking itself. That being said, I wouldn't overclock these further as that is not the aim of the LPX series. I would go for Dominator series ram which have taller heatsink which can be paired with fan options which are made to be overclocked further.

Increased data transfer rate right out of the box courtesy of the quad channel kit (4 modules of the same capacity/speed) at a good value is a win. The lifetime warranty is great too, although is pretty much standard these days.

I tested the RAM out in a X99S Gaming 7 motherboard. Although this version of the LPX series is not on the compatible memory list for this board, testing proved they still function perfectly at advertised timings & clock speed. This board only lists the 2133 MHz as compatible.

Cons: · High CAS Latency
· Smaller Heatsink Surface Area

These happen to have the highest CAS Latency in their clock speed class (16 vs 13 being the lowest/fastest), Again, for what this product is aiming to be marketed for this is still reasonable (form factor).

Also mentioned previously, it's a plus as well as a con. Due to the heatsink size/surface area and it already being OC'd buy the factory. It is not recommended to OC these further as they are not made for that, buy the Dominator series if you want to do that.

Any attempts to overclock these further than the stock OC in an X99S Gaming 7 motherboard failed, which could be because they are not on the compatibility list but also the history of the motherboard is that it is very picky with ram as it is so I am not knocking the ram on that one, it could be the board.

Other Thoughts: I think these are a great option if you are looking for budget ram that are reliable, look great, may need smaller height ram, and/or are on a budget. But if you were looking for something more high performance I would either look elsewhere or go for a dominator series ram module.

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Date Joined: 09/20/06

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