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Josh B.

Josh B.

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Most Favorable Review

Longevity IS an issue, as with most pads..

RAZER Destructor Professional Gaming Mat
RAZER Destructor Professional Gaming Mat

Pros: Alright, so after having mouse pads which I previously owned wear out on me after heavy fps gaming over the course of 6 months or so I decided to go with a Razer pad or an Icemat pad. I finally chose this one due to the reports of excellent tracking especially optimized for laser mice like my G9. I was also looking for a pad that had better longevity or durability since my previous expensive pads (Q-PAD) wore out rather quickly and ate up my mouse feet. I was told the destructor not only had better tracking than most other pads out there but that the durability was good too. Well in my 2 month experience of owning mine I can definitely tell you that the tracking from my G9 is quite superb. The feel of the mouse moving over the pad is very very comfortable, although slightly slick for the first week of use but did not hurt performance at all. I love this pad for the improvement on the tracking, even over my more expensive QPAD which I liked as well. You want accuracy? This PAD does help

Cons: For the cons now...in my two months using the pad with my logitech g9 I have noticed that the durability of this pad is just about the same or worse than my old QPAD XT-R. The middle of the pad has worn down quite a bit after not even two full months of FPS gaming. I am rather disappointed with this. I am using the stock feet on my G9 and will be upgrading to hyperglides however I thought the pad would last longer than this, as I imagine it will only be playable for maybe another month or two. If I'm lucky heh. However, the wear down of the pad I noticed does not hurt performance nearly as much as a harder plastic pad would like the XT-R. Once the wear started with that pad, it was toast. Movement became more sensitive in places where not used as much, and would hit the brakes when I re-centered it. So this destructor pad still tracks very accurately but the center of the pad is quite noticeably beginning to make mouse movement more sluggish.

Overall Review: Durable mouse pads seem hard to come by, yet I see some people commenting on how they have had the same pad for years and it still works fine. Hard to believe as I've been through 2, this being my 3rd gaming pad but my favorite overall. Maybe the G9 feet have something to do with the wear of mouse pads since they are so large compared to other mice. The stock G9 feet are bad imo. Final few notes here, I do love this pad and it is easily my favorite out of the few gaming pads I've owned and cloth pads. People say laser mice skip more than Optical mice. Maybe true, maybe not but I do know this pad holds up to it's statement of "35% or more increase in tracking ability with laser mice compared to other gaming pads." I noticed a difference right away when I started using it. And btw, to the person asking what we did to our pads to cause the wear. Strictly FPS gaming, no abuse, regularly cleaned with soft cloth. Took care of it and still am. Overall still worth buyin. Icemat and laser = bad

12/18/2008
Most Critical Review

Wow Gigabyte.. Fail

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Looks nice...?

Cons: The board arrived in what looked like a previously opened box even though I bought it new. Proceeded to install the board into my system and after double checking everything and hitting the power button, nothing happened. Checked the Corsair power supply by itself and with hardware attached (fans, drives, etc) and it worked just fine. Tested the board by itself with the power supply and just RAM and CPU. Nothing happened upon hitting power again, not even an attempt of anything turning on. Board arrived DOA.. knew I shouldn't have gone with this board let alone Gigabyte. The LAST board I purchase from gigabyte, and possibly newegg depending on how the return/refund process goes as I don't want another one of these, period.

Overall Review: I'll stick with ASUS as they've always worked right from the start without problems. Tech support might not be as good with ASUS, but at least they HAVE a quality control team unlike gigabyte apparently. Last two gigabyte boards I've bought have both been DOA. Last two ASUS? Running in both machines next to me perfectly fine for over 12 month's in one and 36 month's in the other. Newegg, how are we supposed to know if the product we receive is actually NEW when the box isn't sealed whatsoever, the "new" RAM slot sticker you usually peal off a brand new board is missing, as well as the "new" CPU sticker that covers the socket? I remember when the motherboard box would actually arrive with a plastic seal tightly secured vertical and horizontal around the motherboard box which was a nice sense of security. Now an open box and retail box seem to arrive in the same condition and packaging aside from the fact an open box motherboard I assume doesn't include the cables and extras.

Best DDR3 1600 RAM out there

G.SKILL PI 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI
G.SKILL PI 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI

Pros: Amazing RAM for the price, replaced my old Ocz blade series memory which began causing random BSODs and failed memtest86+ (no surprise there) and this g.skill is running fully stable at advertised timings of 6-8-6-20 1T @ 1603mhz with 1.62 dram bus voltage and 1.40 QPI/DRAM (IMC) voltage on my Asus P6T w/ an i7 920 @ 4.0ghz

Cons: None whatsoever.

Overall Review: System performs much faster now with this memory while using lower voltages and faster timings than previously with OCZs poor quality memory which they discontinued altogether ironically. Overall very pleased with this memory as I've been in the past with G.Skill's products and superb customer service. Highly recommended for those wanting the fastest and most stable cas 6 DDR3 1600 out there for their high end PC's.

Amazing performance and cooling and stability

ASUS GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5
ASUS GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5

Pros: Upgraded from a single Sapphire ATI 4870 1GB card to this and the difference is astounding. I was a bit worried about the cooling issue I heard early on with some of the 570's and then saw ASUS release this card and heard good things about it with the VRM upgrade being 6+2 and of course huge mounted stock cooler which keeps my idle temps in the low 30's with the fan at 18% and no higher than 45C under game load with the fan at 35%.

Cons: EVGA's tech support/lifetime warranty is better than ASUS's still I imagine.

Overall Review: So went with it over EVGA and am very satisfied with my purchase overall in terms of the cooling and performance. Haven't got a chance to overclock it yet, but I did find that ASUS Smart Doctor has more options and ability to OC than EVGA Precision which comparatively did not allow voltage changes whatsoever.

Great keyboard

OCZ Alchemy Series USB Illuminati Keyboard
OCZ Alchemy Series USB Illuminati Keyboard

Pros: Awesome functionality, love the plug-n-play feature, never needed the drivers for any of the buttons to work. The option to change from blue to red is pretty cool. The included wrist rest does work and is fairly comfortable.

Cons: Keys are a bit sticky for the first week or two until you break them in. LED lights could be brighter (at least I like them brighter).

Overall Review: @ previous review AtTaCkEr... Um...the way you turn off the LEDs when your computer shuts down is by using the little knob in the bottom right hand corner of the keyboard which almost looks like a volume control. You turn it all the way counter-clockwise and it turns off the LEDs. You gave a 1 egg review because you couldn't turn off the LEDs and you need "instructions" on how to install a keyboard? Sad man...sad.. Overall, I am happy with this keyboard on one of my computers. Hopefully some even higher quality peripherals such as new mice and boards will come out soon for OCZ. =)

Impressive

OCZ Sabre Black 103 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Wired Standard OLED Gaming Keyboard
OCZ Sabre Black 103 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Wired Standard OLED Gaming Keyboard

Pros: This keyboard has amazing features and functionality. I use this keyboard here at work and I love the things you can do with it. For example setting one of the OLED's to read copy and another to read paste for two easy Macro's right beside one another. Also being able to switch profiles on the fly and have the OLED's change for example if you were going into a game to show different weapons, items, etc is very impressive. The keys all feel solid and the quality of the build seems superb. There is also an Internal 128mb flash drive built into this keyboard I guess if you need it for portability such as going to LAN parties and wanting all your drivers, cfgs, etc instead of carrying an extra flash drive along with you. Not bad OCZ...just get some new drivers out, keep up the good work. =)

Cons: A bit steep on the price...I own a g15 as well which has great functions and setup for gaming. The advantage this has is definitely the OLED's and the software is fairly simple to use.

Overall Review: Great keyboard OCZ! Perfect for gaming, office use, mobility, etc! Now let's see another Mouse similar to the Dominatrix feel and quality get released. A lot of people loved that mouse, wish you would bring a revision 2 back with higher quality. I would be willing to throw a decent amount for another dominatrix build if it was revised and quality built. =)