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Pros: Aesthetically looks great. Sapphire TRIXX software is at an all-time polish. I like the 8 pin plug location too.

Cons: Fan furthest from the IO dies in less than a week. Temps prior are HOT well into the 80's and that's with an ASIC of 80%+. After a hefty under-volt (-100mv) I managed to keeps temps at 70c without the card sounding absurdly loud.

Build quality looks great but once it's in your hands, it feels cheap. It's super light, its backplate is plastic and for a card this light, it shouldn't sag when mounted. I have paid less for better build quality more times than not.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend this particular RX 480. The ASUS Strix and the XFX AIB cards have the best PCB with the Strix having the edge in temps. The Strix is very well built and has little to no flex once installed. That's impressive considering it's much larger and heavier. As it stands if this particular Sapphire RX 480 was a $199 card and its fans lasted, I'd say go for it. Some customers are all about performance and couldn't care less how it looks and feels. If that's the case than you have very little reason to buy this particular RX 480 then. In my opinion It's built too cheap to last.

Sapphire is a great AIB manufacture. They just chose to make their Polaris cards on the cost cutting side. I have two other cards currently from Sapphire which are far better built. The Fury and a 380x 4gb. Both are far sturdier in overall build quality and have withstood hundreds of abusive hours.

Xornet II Optical Precision Gaming Mouse with Full RGB Lighting, Customizable Buttons and Optimized for Claw Grip Users By Cooler Master
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Pros: Great optical sensor (Avago 3320), light weight without feeling Razer cheap, good DPI on the fly location without accidental button presses, and aesthetically nice without looking too gamey.

The Xornet II also has software that allows for firmware updates. Within this software you can change the color of the mouse wheel dependent on the DPI used, you can change the button latency as well as the specific DPI associated with the 3 on-the-fly profiles.

Cons: You must plug the mouse into a USB 2.0 port in order for the software to function properly. Especially when performing a firmware update! If you use a USB 3.0 port and perform a firmware update here's what happens. Your mouse-wheel will blink red and the wheel itself will be useless. The software will also ask you to plug in the mouse every time you load said software. Simply unplugging and plugging the mouse back into USB 3.0 port or any other port for that matter will not fix the software asking you to plug the mouse in.

Do not worry, you did not brick your mouse. Just plug the mouse into a USB 2.0 port, reboot and load the software again. Continue with the firmware update and everything from here on out will work as intended.

Other Thoughts: Mice are subjective so whichever one works for you, works for you. I have large hands and can palm a basketball (barely). With that said you'd think this mouse would be too small, but for me it's perfect. I've been PC gaming for a very long time and my recent experience over the last 5 years are these few notable mice... Deathadder of several variations, Xornet original, Logitech G303 (great mouse) and the M65 PRO (too heavy and clunky).

ASRock Z170 Extreme4 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Strong contender but W7 installers beware 08/21/2015

This review is from: ASRock Z170 Extreme4 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great board with overclocking features necessary to get the job done as good as anything else your above average Joe could possible need.

Cons: CHRISTIAN R. is 100% correct with his issues as I experienced this just the same.

ASRocks reply to his review that this is not an issue with installing W8/8.1 is also correct and thank goodness I had a copy of that on hand too.

Other Thoughts: I'd rather have USB 2.0 ports on the back instead of PS/2. Just make sure you plan ahead as this is something that can be easily overlooked.


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Display Name: Harold B.

Date Joined: 02/03/05

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  • First Review: 03/13/12
  • Last Review: 09/26/16
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