Date Joined: 07/06/04
Pros: Campaign can be challenging. Story is a prequel to the events in the original GoW
Declassified challenges in campaign can be tough. Provided some nice variety in gameplay (trying to beat a mission with only the pistol)
Overrun is a great addition to GoW multiplayer mode. There can be a lot of back and forth in these matches depending on your matchup.
Cons: Microtransactions everywhere. They only shipped 4 maps for multiplayer, making sure you'll feel the need to buy some more. You can buy experience boosters and all sorts of character and weapon skins. This game feels like it should be a free to play with all the $ transactions spread throughout.
I didn't like the limited weapons choice during multiplayer. You get to start with 1 main weapon and a pistol. This leads to people with shotguns rushing in constantly, and people with rifles trying to keep their distance. Games felt very rinse and repeat. Whereas when you had a rifle and shotgun you could really adapt to the situation at hand.
Overall Review: I liked the single player portion of the game and hated the multiplayer portion. Overrun was a nice distraction but doesn't make up for the blatant cash grab they pulled with those micro transactions.
Value (compared to the 680)
Cons: Out of stock
Gigabyte warranty isn't nearly as overclocking friendly as EVGA.
Overall Review: I'm running 3x 3D monitors which adds up to 5760 x 1080 resolution. My two watercooled 480s just couldn't keep up with that resolution. I was usually setting games down from Ultra to High.
I was worried about noise going from water cooled cards to these 670s. My aircooled 480s were noisy at all times, even at idle. These new 670s are quiet. They are only slightly louder than my watercooled cards when a game is at load.
2x 670s in SLI can handle almost everything I throw at them. The only exception so far has been Witcher 2 at 5760 x 1080, 3D, Ultra settings w/Uber sampling. The game was so close to playable, probably at 20fps. Once I disabled Uber sampling it's running great!
If all prices are equal, I'd buy the Gigabyte version of the 670 over any other card. It's got a slight overclock, making it run just 2-3 fps slower than a 680. It's got a custom PCB rather than the reference design the other ones use. And it's got the 3 fan setup for better/quiter cooling.
Pros: The microphone works great. My voice comes through loud and clear according to the people on the other end of the conversation.
I'd give the sound quality 4 stars. These sound nice while they work.
Cons: High pitched squealing noise pops up frequently. This can be triggered by your cell phone being nearby, or high pitched in game sounds (occurred in Cryostasis about every 10 minutes.) Once this squealing starts the only way to stop it is to turn the headphones off and on again.
Surround sound is lacking. I was never convinced of whether the sounds were in front or behind me.
Uncomfortable if you wear glasses. After a couple of hours you'll need to start moving these around on your ears. This happens within 10 minutes if you wear 3d vision glasses.
Overall Review: I've had surround sound headphones before and they worked great. The only problem I've had with them is they are powered via a wall socket. I constantly heard audio pops and hissing. Cell phone calls caused a lot of interference.
I was hoping since these were powered by USB they wouldn't have the same issues. I was wrong. These may not have the audio pops and hissing, but other than that they are worse all around.
I'm still in the market for surround headphones. They can work great if you get the right pair. You can bet my next set won't be from Turtle Beach.
Pros: -You have the choice of hard drive brand, size, and performance.
-Flawless video streaming on my Playstation 3. Was even able to keep up with 120x fast forwarding.
-It's a handy network share drive, and my printer is now available over the network without my PC being on.
Cons: This thing transfers files 2-3 times slower that other devices in it's price range (factoring in a 1TB drive).
It's only worth it if you've got a spare drive already or if you are buying something smaller than 1TB.
Overall Review: -I haven't had a chance to test all of the claimed supported video files. The ones I have been able to test have worked fine, so I have no reason to doubt it.
-Be sure to map the appropriate preset share locations. I thought I'd be able to just add files to the root location on the drive and play them. Not so. The files don't appear on the Playstation unless they're put into the video share. Moving the files to the appropriate location only took an hour.
The drive performs well enough that I'm not going to send it back. But if I could do it again I'd have bought the Buffalo Linkstation Pro LS-XH
Pros: Nice graphics, even by todays standards. Runs seamlessly on my PC (4870x2 and Core i7 920).
Great dialog, with full voice from EVERY NPC.
Lots of hours of gameplay here.
It's given a "mature" rating for a reason, especially if you uncensor it, keep it away from youngsters.
Cons: Official patch site is written entirely in Polish. Just click the big bright yellow button (polish for download)
Simple battle system (i'm still having fun)
Can't do everything in one play through, chose your path for different outcomes.
Overall Review: I did a lot of research before I bought this version of the game. I was torn between this version and the Enhanced edition. You can download all of the patches to turn this into the enhanced edition. You can also un-censor the language and girl cards. My friend highly recommended it, and I'm loving it too. Definitely worth it.
Pros: -Excellent cooling, quiet, large fans
-Large video cards fit easily inside due to the side mounted hard drive tray
-Cable management makes it pretty easy to keep your CD drive and hard drive cables behind everything else.
-Front sound, mic, and USB jacks
-Good looking case that doesn't go over the top
-The screwless design for the CD/hard drive mounts hold steady once you've put them on correctly
Cons: -The side mounted fan must be removed in order to fit a 3rd party CPU cooler into the machine.
-Power supply mounting holes are only setup to mount the power supply with the fan intake facing the bottom of the case. There are air holes built in at the bottom with an air filter, but this isn't an ideal solution if the case is sitting on carpet.
-A bit difficult to put the hard drive clips on correctly, took a few tries to line them up.
Overall Review: It's hard to class this as a "gaming" machine when you can't even put in a 3rd party CPU cooler. The two 230mm fans are a big selling point for this case. I had to take one off and mount it on the outside of the case. This makes it an excessive exhaust fan, and also makes it able to be clipped by anything brushing against it.
It does it's job of keeping everything cool, while remaining quiet. I dropped the score by one egg for the above issues.
Pros: -Low profile, fits under my Vigor Monsoon III CPU cooler in a memory slot that would otherwise be blocked.
-Speed is better than rated, I've got my memory running with a mild overclock, 1400mhz
-Made in the U.S.A!
Cons: 1600 rated memory doesn't cost much more than this.
Overall Review: Compatible with my motherboard: GA-EX58-UD3R
Pros: -Ready to power SLI and Crossfire cards with the the three 6 and 8 pin connectors
-Big fan keeps it cool
-Way better than the other power supplies in it's price category.
-80 plus certification shows it's efficient at all power loads.
Cons: -Very little documentation supplied with the power supply regarding which cables are on which 12v rails.
-Warranty info is no where to be found.
-Most of the contact links on the manufacturer website are sent to marketing or sales, so hopefully I don't have any problems in the future.
-Not much in the way of cable management, my case is crowded.
Overall Review: I suggest reading the review on the manufacturers website. It's a full blown load test on the power supply, with all sorts of data I didn't even understand. They basically class it as a value PSU, not a high performance one.
It outclasses all of the power supplies at it's price point.
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.3Ghz