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Aaron M.

Aaron M.

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Most Favorable Review

Best Mouse Available

Logitech G9 Black 9 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse
Logitech G9 Black 9 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse

Pros: Absolutely the best gaming mouse made at this moment. I was using a Razer Deathadder and the G9 just clobbers it. The 3200 DPI sensor and the super click bottom of the G9 make this mouse feel like butter on a warm pan. It's that good. It can do three colors: red, blue, or green, and the mousewheel can be set to "ratchet" for more control in FPS games or "freeroll" for web surfing.

Cons: *** IMPORTANT *** This mouse is SMALL. No seriously, listen to me. This is without a doubt the best mouse I've ever used, but if you are a "palmer" meaning you palm your mouse and you have even average sized hands it's going to take some getting used to. If you have large or very large hands I would consider this carefully before you buy this mouse. I really think that Logitech is going to have to come out with another snap-on that extends the length some. It's just a little too tiny even for a mouse.

Overall Review: Listen I'm a huge accessories junkie. I got through mice and keyboards every few months because I can never find anything I like. If you're looking for a mouse look no further. This smokes anything that Razer, Microsoft, anyone else makes. Stop reading and click 'Add to Cart' already.

10/12/2007
Most Critical Review

Be Wary

SilverStone DA1200 1200W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
SilverStone DA1200 1200W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: Thermals and Noise: The power supply runs very cool and quiet thanks to the huge fan. Cabling: you're given an absolute ton of modular cables to choose from. Weight: For its size its not as heavy as you would think.

Cons: Size: This PS is a monster. It's 9 inches long and with the modular cables you might as well just call it 10+ inches long. It will NOT fit in all cases, you've been warned. You will want to have a full sized ATX case for this or find another PSU. Quality Control: After my personal experience with this PS and some reviews I've read I believe that Silverstone is having some quality control issues with this PSU. Under load the PSU made a very noticable "screech" or "whine" from inside the PS casing. While idling this noise was not present, but under any amount of load (even playing a game) it was easily discernable over the case fans, etc. I tried changing out the cables for different ones and plugged in an old Enermax Liberty I had to verify it wasn't anything on my test rig. It was the Silverstone 1200DA for sure.

Overall Review: I've had good experiences with Silverstone units in the past which leads me to believe that my experience was either the always present "bad apple" of the bunch or a more serious quality control issue with these power supplies. If I were to guess I'd say the latter seems to be more likely due to other tech's experiences. For right now, if you're like me and you need a PSU that comes close to the DA1200 specs then I recommend looking at Cooler Master's 1000 unit.

10/17/2007

Great Little Box

Shuttle DS87 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel HM87 Black Slim PC Barebone for Intel LGA1150 Support Three Displays
Shuttle DS87 Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel HM87 Black Slim PC Barebone for Intel LGA1150 Support Three Displays

Pros: Powerful and fast with a crazy amount of external IO ports including dual NIC ports. Small - Roughly the size of a home cable router Quiet - Whisper quiet with stock fans. I have mine 3 feet away from me as I type this and I can't hear a thing. Sturdy - It's built like a brick. Elegantly simple - There's not much going on with this box and that's what makes it so great. Pop in a CPU, RAM, and a disk and off you go.

Cons: The only con is that it sports one of those blue LED's that shine with the light of a thousand suns on the front panel.

Overall Review: I purchased this along with a i3-4370 (BX80646I34370) and 8GB of GSkill RAM (F3-12800CL9D-8GBSQ). I tossed in an SSD I had laying around and was good to go. I've installed Sophos UTM9 on the box and it's running like a total champ with the full UTM feature set enabled. The NICs are Realtek which some people have hate for, but the performance I'm getting will more than meet my needs now and in the future. I highly recommend this box for a small desktop replacement or specialized appliance.

RMA'd

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N580D5-15I-B
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card GV-N580D5-15I-B

Pros: Newegg's return policy. YAY!

Cons: Under any load (tested in both Civ V and Black Ops) the card showed massive screen artifacts, multiple black screens, and would die. Did complete system rebuild, tried different drivers, and put in three separate computers with power supplies of up to 1000w (Corsair HX) and they all showed the same errors. I've RMA'd the card and expect this to be the always present 1-3% bad apples in the bunch.

Overall Review: I purchased this card as an upgrade to my old but classic GTX280. I've submitted the card for RMA and I will update this review once I receive my replacement card.

Very Pleased

Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH16GB
Mushkin Enhanced Mulholland 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model MKNUFDMH16GB

Pros: Very small and lightweight thumb drive with high capacity and surprising speed. Given this price, this is the USB thumb drive to have currently. Very impressed.

Cons: Removable cap is always a con, but it does snap on securely.

Overall Review: Speed tests using Nirsoft's USBDeview show the following read write metrics directly from the box: Read Speed: 30.85 MB/Sec Write Speed: 11.45 MB/Sec

Amazing pedigree and specs but no soul

AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
AUZEN Auzen X-Fi Prelude 7.1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Continued support from Auzentech delivering additional functionality for their product. Additional DTS functionality for Vista and a Linux driver coming soon. Amazing pedigree and specs.

Cons: Simply put, even with all the amazing specs this card sounds lifeless. I compared this card with my Sennheiser HD580's and Audio-Technica ATH-AD900's to my onboard sound card and to a HT Omega Claro Plus. I loaded up some .flac's and began comparison. I'm going to keep this simple, but the Auzentech's sound was flat and lifeless. I loaded up Call of Duty 4, Supreme Commander, Company of Heroes, and The Witcher to see how it stacked up for gaming and it performed well, but not so well as to be worth the price. Lastly and not the least the driver for this card is 150MB's in size. Yes, you read that right. Auzentech, if you're reading this that's unacceptable.

Overall Review: If you're looking at a card just for gaming you'd be better served with onboard audio or a true Creative XFi gamer card as long as you didn't spend too much. If you're looking for a card for music and movies you should look elsewhere. Personally, I think you can't get a better card for such than the HT Omega Claro currently. There's a lot of poor reviews out there of this card so take everything you read (including this) with a grain of salt. The most thorough and level headed review I've seen yet is on xbitlabs.