Joined on 05/11/10
A review after reading hundreds of reviews
Pros: Sound - Good clear sound with corsair drivers. 7.1 emulation works as expected. Music sounds good and balanced. (These do not have obnoxiously punchy bass. They simply play the bass at the levels it is meant to be heard at and there is an equalizer in the driver interface for some adjustment.) USB connector means these headphones are capable of managing their own sound (a good option if you don't have a dedicated sound card.) Microphone - Good clear mic quality. With two mics plugged in, I switched from a low end headset to this during an active skype call and the individual in the call assumed I was muted due to the total absence of static. Search youtube for mic tests of any particular product you are considering. Comfort - Very comfortable. Wore these for a 10 hour gaming session as soon as they arrived. They do not feel too heavy, the earcups don't squeeze too tightly. (just enough to keep them stable but not enough to cause any discomfort). Earcups are deep enough for my ears. Nothing poking or pressing uncomfortably. Weight is distributed evenly. Price - These are one of few surround sound headsets available at this price range, and for the sale price I got them at this was actually the only 7.1 surround sound headset I could find at all.
Cons: This is very much a personal opinion that will not apply to most people: I am not a big fan of microfiber so I found the microfiber covering SLIGHTLY irritating. Every few hours or so I'd notice it and shift them and it was fine. Not worth complaining about at all, but if I had to reach for something.
Overall Review: I read a ton of reviews on Newegg and other websites before purchasing these, so the main purpose of this review was to address some of the common themes I came across in other reviews for those who might be searching as meticulously as I was. The in line volume control does not get as hot as some reviews are stating. Could be an inconsistent defect but after many hours of uninterrupted use, it is slightly warm at best. The memory foam and microfiber earcups do not get unbearably hot. I didn't find the heat inside the earcups to be different than any other headphones I've used I have read reviews claiming these to impossibly large or awkwardly shaped on certain head sizes. My head is a normal size and I didn't experience any strange clamping or pressing like some reviews have stated. They fit my average sized (probably small or medium helmet size) head perfectly fine. Some have stated that the bass is non present in these. While it is necessary to download the driver from the corsair website, once you do that the sound quality is fantastic, bass and all.
No Ubuntu support
Pros: Keys are nice and responsive. Plenty of extra keys for macros and what have you
Cons: Does not work in Ubuntu 12.04 linux. I was unable to find a solution. Keytouch Editor only recognizes 1 of 2 event devices that should appear. I worked on this for hours and found only unanswered queries with the same problem.
Overall Review: If you run Ubuntu 12.04 linux this keyboard likely will not work.
The greatest mouse ever made
Pros: The buttons click good. The weight of this mouse is perfect. The arrangement of the buttons is ideal. There are many, many buttons.
Cons: The scroll wheel is beginning to go after 3 years of abuse. Not docking an egg for that because: 1. It's probably my fault. 2. It has lived a good life.
Update to a previous review
Pros: This is an update to a review titled "The best card in it's price range." that touches on some discoveries I made after separating the cooler from the board. I remain satisfied with the product, but I wanted to add some key things.
Cons: TAKE OFF THE HEATSINK! I just want to add support to the claims some others have made about the quality of the thermal paste job - it's bad. If you plan to get the most out of this card, get some good thermal paste and remove the heatsink just to reapply the thermal paste. There was way, way too much in it. This severely inhibits the coolers ability to accept heat from the die and makes the card run much hotter. After replacing the thermal paste the temps dropped by 10C Other points: - Heatsink does not actually make contact with ALL of the VRAM as I had previously assumed. Only one out of two rows is attached by some thick heat tape. - VRM heatsink has some awful goop-tape stuff that im sure isn't nearly as good as real thermal paste. I replaced it with thermal paste and it seems to make good contact with the VRM
Overall Review: This not an enormous problem. The card worked for me before reapplying paste but at 10C hotter and with much louder fan speeds to combat that.
Zero RPM Mode
Pros: - High wattage - Refurbished price was a great deal, the product looks brand new - Works great, stays cool. I have plenty of high power components in my PC and I don't even use half of this things power.
Cons: - Zero RPM Mode I don't think Zero RPM mode is a good idea. The fan should at least run at the lowest voltage it can before stalling. It seems like all they did with this feature was to allow the voltage for fan speed to drop below the stall point, so it basically just sit's there constantly stalled out and trying to kick on. Airflow is still important and it shouldn't make much noise anyway to just have it run at it's lowest speed. I docked 1 egg for this because it is an intended feature and I could have chosen a PSU without this feature, however I didn't see the feature listed anywhere on the product page and I still don't see it after reviewing again. This isn't a critical problem and I still would have bought the PSU at the price it was listed for anyway.
Overall Review: Do your research!
Ram works 👍
I've been looking for this exact ram timing forever to finish a very old build. Appreciate this seller listing such an ancient product at a reasonable price. Shipping took a little longer than expected but that's probably because I'm spoiled by Prime.