Joined on 10/17/03
Pros: - Easy installation - Aesthetically pleasing - Not *too* big (but, still pretty big) - Requires 2 6-pin power connectors (not 6+8) - Quiet! - Free Arkham City game! WOOT! - Comes with case badge!
Cons: - Wasn't free - Nothing else negative to report
Overall Review: I got 2 of these, on an ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard with an Intel i7-2600K CPU, 8gb G.Skill DDR3 1600. NO overclock at all. I bought all this specifically for Battlefield 3. Resolution: 1920 x 1080 All video options set to "ULTRA", except "Anti-aliasing Deferred" which is set to OFF. I get an average framerate of 74-95 FPS, with Maximum FPS of 105-155. I had ordered some 580s after trying these cards with an AMD 1090t and getting some "less than pleasing" results. The change to Intel made a HUGE difference. I went down 2 (real) cores and up about 30-40 FPS in Battlefield 3. I'm RMAing the 580s, because they'd cost me $320 more, and I only wanted this rig for BF3, and I'm more than satisfied.
Very nice case
Pros: -Includes 4 large fans with filters on all air intake fans -Nice texture on case exterior -Fairly high-quality materials used for chassis -Looks cool?
Cons: -No fan included for window side of case. (you'd think they'd include 1 more cheap fan after spending this kinda money) -hard drive cages are a slight pain to remove (must remove both case side panels and then 8 thumb screws) -NO SSD DRIVE MOUNT. If you're like me, and you zoomed on the case photo and saw "SSD Ready" you probably would assume that there was a 2.5" mount in the case somewhere, or perhaps an included adapter. You would be wrong, just like me. (If you know otherwise, please feel free to correct me, as I plan to get a 2nd SSD eventually and would love to know how to mount it without buying another adapter.)
Overall Review: Overall, fairly satisfied with the case. Gave it 3 stars due to the fact I think they could have included that window side fan for this kind of money, and because they put "SSD Ready" on the box, and this means nothing as far as actually mounting the drive. These 2 reasons coupled with the pain it was to remove that hard drive cage 2-3 times after having to order a 2.5" mount and re-configure my drives gets them 2 less eggs.
Just what I needed
Pros: - Easy to set up. I mean REALLY easy (Plugged it in, it prompted me to install the "easy setup" software when browsing to the router config page. Told it I didn't want to, and told it not to show the message again. It went to the config page, done. Didn't even have to reset my cabled modem) - Nice features (I have G+N networks running on 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequencies + a guest network and it took about 5 minutes to set up). Haven't even taken advantage of the USB port yet. - Very fast interface / configuration page. (Saves settings instantly. Something I found very annoying from Cisco / Linksys's competitors)
Cons: - Wasn't cheap
Overall Review: I owned an older Linksys that was giving me some problems. Turns out, it was actually my home internet service. Hard to find the problem when my modem is staying online. Tossed the Linksys because I assumed it was the culprit. Moved to a Netgear. It was horribly slow when changing or applying ANY settings to the router configuration page. Then it started having problems even powering on properly. Only owned it for <1 year. Co-worker was selling a top-of-the-line Netgear. Borrowed it for testing and was disappointed to find out the configuration pages were just as slow on this router than cost ~3x as much as the cheapo Netgear I had before. Gave it back to him. Browsed to Newegg, found this one on sale w/ free game and gave it a shot. Wow. The grass really is greener on the Cisco farm. All I need from a router is easy setup, a few security features and I want it to save it quickly, so I can go. It fills those needs perfectly.
Great heatsink / fan!
Pros: - Dropped my temperature signifcantly. (Before: 45C idle / 53 load. After: 26C idle / 30C load) - Fairly easy installation. Had to do some "jimmying" to get the heatsink clamp onto the board without removing the motherboard from the case (Cooler Master HAF X), but I got it done with a pair of needlenose pliars and the included nut-driver. - Looks "neat" ? - Huge, quiet fan included.
Cons: - Bottom of heatsink sits VERY close to one stick of memory. (If not for the additional posts included with it, the heatsink would not clear the top of the memory) Will need to remove heatsink completely if I ever change out my memory. Not a huge deal, as I just consolidated from 4 sticks of 2gb to 2 sticks of 4. So, if I upgraded, all I have to do is add 2 more DIMMs.
Overall Review: - VERY BIG. Make sure your case can clear the top of the heatsink. Not a con, more of a concern. Look forward to possibly removing your motherboard and all your expansion cards before installing.
Pros: Loud at full volume. Very very good bass. (anyone that says otherwise is just being ridiculous) Stereo separation (sound placement) is pretty precise. Comfortable Very flexible. Very precise volume control for both game sound and chat volume. Mic is very flexible and convenient with auto-off when flipped up. Cuts external sound well. Uses Micro USB charger (same as my Motorola Bluetooth headphones and my Android phone)
Cons: Still needs a mic wire to the Xbox controller. Might hurt ears after a few hours. Mic wire does make a small bit of a "scratching" sound when turned at the Xbox controller port.
Overall Review: These things have impressed the hell out of me. I haven't had them long enough to test battery life, but I will say the audio (the most important part) definitely surpasses my expectations. These are only stereo, and they CLEARLY alert you to the direction of in-game sounds / alerts. I wasn't in a game for 2 minutes and I already surprised myself with the added alertness of these headphones. I stood still for a second and could easily hear someone come stomping up a metal staircase, and come running into the room. He got mowed the hell down, needless to say. Thanks to these wonderful headphones. The bass response (IMO) is very very nice. I was playing CoD: Black Ops, and suddenly hearing bass in the music I didn't even know was there. The gun shots now sound totally different (in a good way) when zinging past me, in-game.
Jeez what a beast
Pros: -DirectX 11 ready -not too loud, surprisingly. -seems like high build quality -lifetime warranty?!?! HELLS YEAH. -runs every game i've tossed at it, EXTREMELY WELL, sans the Crysis series of course. (still runs darn good, just not with Fraps running.) :) -Lots of output options.
Cons: -Power inputs are on the side of the card that faces the front of your case. Could be an issue with hard drives / internal fans, for some people. No problems here, but just not optimal.
Overall Review: This thing is a monster. I went from an nVidia GTX 295 to this, and this thing is actually better, even with a good bit less memory. My games run STUPID smooth, most with everything maxed out. I mean EVERYTHING. I can literally run most games with Fraps running the entire time, @ 1920x1080, all settings maxed, 30-60fps fairly consistently.