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NVIDIA Gift - Watch Dogs
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs DRM = ZERO EGGS 07/11/2014

This review is from: NVIDIA Gift - Watch Dogs

Pros: Installed it. Have not tried to run it.

Cons: DRM instantly kills any software review as far as I am concerned. I pay for my gaming software. I am fully aware of the problem with game cracks and perceived income to game publishers (did not say developers, I said publishers). I don't crack my games.

Other Thoughts: I come from a time when you the protection game software used was to ask the owner to enter a random series of characters from text book gaming manual. That was good DRM to me. I know you an PDF the same thing these days, but that was acceptable DRM to me. Annoying, but 100% available to me.
If I lost the book, it was my fault. But I had control over that.

If UPlay is unreachable, does the game play? Saves work?

That is a rating killer for me regardless of the design, complexity, beauty, and epic story of any gaming title.

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Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card with 600ohm Headphone Amp and Desktop Audio Control Module
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Creative brand name. Wanted to like it. Intended to replace a still working SB0460 X-FI card (PCI 32bit card).
Went back to the old card and the problems with the new card went away.

Cons: Experience ...
Seems buggy and prone to software crashes. Might be board compatibility, not sure.
Plugged into lowest PCIE_8 slot on my z68 board.
Driver it up.

Strike 1:
In experimenting with the different profile settings, encountered logged service stopped responding in "Creative Audio Service" and it's parent "Windows Audio" (NT Services). The profile panel would go blank.

Strike 2:
There is a red desktop knob with with built-in microphone. I cannot use it due to feedback over the speakers I have even with all of the "CrystalVoice" smart volume, noise reductuion, acoustic echo cancellation and focus settings being used. It's basically an expensive volume knob on my desk.

Strike 3:
I was considering trying to troubleshoot further, but my breaking point was popping noises I get while in headphones and a maximized Chrome browser window with Adobe Flash content running. The previous card doesn't do that.

Glad I didn't mail order this card and went to an actual store to buy it.

See other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: I may be running into a strange partial compatibility issue. This card occupies the bottom-most PCIE_8 slot in an SLI PCIE_16 setup using an NF200 chip to multiplex the PCIE lanes.

I DID NOT BUY THIS FROM NEWEGG. Got it from a store that 'flies' (sounds like).

Been running Creative Labs hardware since the SB16 ISA cards. Loved the AWE32 back in the day. Simpler, I guess.

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Logitech 963290-0403 Extreme 3D Pro USB Joystick
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Died in 18 months 10/25/2013

This review is from: Logitech 963290-0403 Extreme 3D Pro USB Joystick

Pros: While it worked, great. I paid $30 for it at a well-known blue & gold vendor whose name rhymes with test try.

Cons: Button responsiveness quit after around 18mo. Hat switch is binary (all or nothing). Buttons labeled 5, 3, 4, 6 seem to work in Windows testing, but none of the games work with it. Imagine having ti spam a button 20x before it works.

So... it's dead.

The Windows 7 diags I was running had no problem telling me the flight stick was working. On a whim, I connected a gamepad and tried the same game with the pad.... ZERO problems, worked great. Plugged the Extreme 3D back in, tests fine in Windows 7 x64 devices. Tried in the game, still mostly unresponsive.

Other Thoughts: Outside of warranty...

It was a $30 flight stick that lasted beyond the warranty about 6 months. I *might buy another one, but I really want something that will give me 2+ years of life before hardware failure.

And I'm willing to pay for that.

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Display Name: Aaron B.

Date Joined: 01/28/04

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  • First Review: 10/02/11
  • Last Review: 07/11/14
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