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CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent value, watch clocks on older PCs 01/30/2013

This review is from: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9

Pros: -"low profile" heat sync doesn't interfere with huge CPU aircoolers (Even my Zalman CNPS 12x)
-It's fast and stable
-XMS works well in my newer systems (MSI P67/Asus AM3+)
-It runs cool despite the small heat syncs - just warm to the touch, right after shutdown

Cons: -XMS speeds not detected correctly in my older i7 system (x58 board)
-Smaller heatsyncs may not be great with a RAM OC, but works fine @1600

Other Thoughts: I wasn't able to get my MSI Big Bang Xpower (x58) board to set clocks properly by XMS, with the latest BIOS - although if I set timings manually it runs well at 1600 (with a system OC). XMS works fine in my other PCs, so it's a issue with the board, not the memory.

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AGPtek Wireless Controller PC Windows Gaming Receiver for Microsoft Xbox 360 - Black
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, but manual install is a drag 06/21/2012

This review is from: AGPtek Wireless Controller PC Windows Gaming Receiver for Microsoft Xbox 360 - Black

Pros: -Works well, as long as it's installed correctly (See other reviews for full instructions)
-Games that support Xbox/gamepads treat it as a standard Xbox controller
-No lag in controls in games, beyond tiny lag from wireless controller itself
-Excellent range

Cons: -Technically a knockoff product, not Microsoft official. Detected as generic device upon plugging in
-Manual driver install (see previous notes, -1 egg)
-Sometimes dis-associates with wireless controllers after controller sleep and/or battery change

Other Thoughts: Since the microsoft adapter is very hard to find, I bought this for my gaming PC. It works quite well with Windows 7 Ultimate x64, if drivers are installed correctly. Range seems equal to than my 2008-model "Fat" Xbox 360, in an apartment environment that has heavy 2.4Ghz interference (20+ wifi nets, plus all the other 2.4Ghz devices in the area)

The only major issue is that sometimes the controller will dis-associate with it after it sleeps, simply pressing the link buttons on controller and receiver will fix this.

The 360 controllers have a small lag even with the Xbox 360 (around 200 ms according to internet benchmarks), but is not noticeable in most games. There appears to be very little if any additional lag from the receiver.

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ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Overclocks extremely well

-Runs very cool

-Solid, heavy, rigid build - one of the best I've seen

-Nearly silent with custom fan profile, quiet with generic profile.

-Includes a Mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter among the standard cable assortment

Cons: -The card is very long, make sure you have room in your case

-A bit loud with fans above 40%

-It won't make me breakfast :)

Other Thoughts: I'm running the card with the latest beta GeForce driver set (290.53), MSI afterburner for overclocking, and none of the Asus programs. I can't speak to how good or bad they are, but I had no use for them.

At high settings with 2xAA and improved shadows at 1080p, Skyrim runs mostly around 45-55 FPS with this card and driver, at stock (add 5 FPS with a good OC). In dungeons, it Vsyncs at 60 fps, and rarely drops below 40 fps in the over world. It's paired with a AMD Phenom II 965 CPU, 12GB of RAM, and various tweaks to improve graphics in-game.

Beware the length, the card is so long that it was conflicting with the SATA connectors on a HDD in my Antec 300 case.

My card is stable 15m+ in Furmark, 980Mhz core, 2450 memory without raising voltage in MSI Afterburner. Core temps sit around 65C under heavy loads (76C in Furmark) at this speed in my small case. I have reached 1000 mhz core, but this is not stable in Furmark testing

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Display Name: Daniel W.

Date Joined: 01/24/07

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 01/24/07
  • Last Review: 01/30/13
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