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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 06G-P4-4998-KR 6GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Classified ACX 2.0+ Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Boosts to 1430mhz out of the box.
-Mine reached 1554mhz, 7800mhz on the memory.
-Quiet fans, quiet card, meaning no coil whine.
-Backplate
- only 20 bucks over the SC w/ backplate

Cons: Maxwell doesn't respond to voltage like Kepler. Even if you feed these cards more voltage, you won't achieve better clocks unless you find a way to keep them cold under load.

Under Air and even water, these non reference boards can be equal or worse than non reference boards in terms of overclocking.

What I would like to see on these "overclocking cards" is responsiveness to voltage, like it was with previous generations.

Other Thoughts: Adding a water block, may not even be worth it, unless you have a chiller. The GPU clock speed gains will be very minimal.

I still recommed this over a reference board, since it's only 50 bucks more than a base 980ti.

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SENNHEISER G4ME ZERO 2 x 3.5 mm Connector Circumaural Premium Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Really good sound for gaming and music. Clear non-distorted audio and accuracy.

Great build quality and very comfortable ear cups.

2 year warranty is nice and the color is pretty cool.

The microphone does a pretty good job in terms of voice clarity and reducing background noise such as, PC fans, people talking and other silly stuff in the back ground.

Mic mute and volume controls are on headset and not on the cable.

The headset comes with a case for traveling.

Cons: Volume control does not let me mute my headset. The wheel adjusts from 40%to100% volume.

Cable is not detachable.

Other Thoughts: I wish this headset had more features such as sound presets. Luckily this can be done on the PC via software, but would have been nice to see it incorporated into this headset. I owned a Turtle Beach PX5, which had 8 audio presets that could be changed with the push of a button on the go. Not really a big deal, but just a thought.

I also wish Sennheiser sold replacement ear cups. I would like to try the cloth style cups on this headset.

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ASUS ROG Rampage IV Black Edition LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Gaming Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a great board, big upgrade from my old Gigabyte X79 UP4. I couldn't overclock past 4300mhz with my old board, I can do 46 on this one, but the bios still needs to mature which leads me into mentioning that this board was built from the ground up. It is not a Ramaga 4 extreme with modifications and black slots, this board is different and optimized for the newer Ivy Bridge E processors.

I like the bells and whistles that come with this board even If I don't use most of them. AC wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, Supreme FX, OC panel, 6 sata3 6gb ports, and glowing ROG logo.

It handles my 2400 G.Skill TridentX kit, 9 11 11 31 kit with xmp with no trouble at all. My best overclock on my 4930K is 4600mhz and I get some really good benchmark scores.

Comes with Assassins Creed

Cons: Bios could use some improvements. Some common settinds can make the oc unstable if tweaked. But, again this is to be expected as the board is not a modified RIVE.

Asus and Newegg both didn't care too much about packaging. My newegg box arrived beat up and with minimal padding. The Rampage box had a hude corner dent and the box wasn't able to close properly. NO SEAL, or anything to ensure the box wasn't previously opened. Just a sloppy presentation for a 500 dollar board.

Other Thoughts: Again this board is not a Modified Rampage 4 Extreme, but I also wouldn't say this board is better than the original RIVE. If you have a Sandy Bridge E cpu and wan't to upgrade because of the cool looks, here are some points to consider. CPU overclocking is not any better on the Black Edition, they OC the same. The memory Controller is much better, but not worth the money to upgrade. Most features can be added to the RIVE to match and even beat the Black Edition such as a usb wifi AC adapter, Dedicated sound card etc. Lastly if you want to upgrade from a RIVE just because the board looks great, note that you will hardly see the board once you install your components. That being said if you don't own a RIVE and want the best x79 board, this is the one to get.

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Maria R.'s Profile

Display Name: Maria R.

Date Joined: 02/16/13

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 03/04/13
  • Last Review: 07/25/15
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