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Steven L.

Steven L.

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Most Favorable Review

Great card that can't be beat for the $$$

ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card
ASUS XONAR DGX 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Audio Card

Pros: O.K. let me start off by stating that for $40 you will not find a better sound card than this! It uses the O2 chipset that is used on much more expensive cards that are double this $40 price. This card is rated at 105 D.B. and it sounds like it! It has great easy to use software with a nice E.Q. The card is a slim low profile design which just looks nicer. It will support 5.1; 4.1; and 2.1 speaker setups thru it's chipset. It will mimic 7.1 if you like that, I don't. It not only plays game effects well, but MP3s and WMA files all sound really great! Nice built in amplifier for your headphones. However if you go above 50 OHMs this card is not for you! I really can't say enough good things about this card. Note: I'm a level 3 Tech. that has worked in I.T. since 1995 and I'll never buy a SoundBlaster product again! They really have poor driver support, which is done on porpous to get everyone to spend money on a new card!!

Cons: The only con to this sound card is the fact that you can't really use the front panel H.D. plug ins efectively! They will play sound o.k. but you can't get the amplifier to boost your headphones thru the front ports for some reason. Hey I can live with it when I only spent $40 for the card. Yes it's a inconvienent to have to un-plug your headphone and plug in your speakers. I guess I should state that you just have to get off your lazy but* and manually change the back plug to switch from speakers to headphones. But for only $40, I'll say it again it really not a con! The reality is that all the Soundblaster cards and even the higher end Asus gaming card is still only 24bit@ 96 KLH and does not justify the money you will spend on a $200 card unless you get into recording. If that's the case you would not be buying a gaming card in the first place. You would buy a very high end, low latency card just for recording and not for gaming.

Overall Review: All in all as I have mentioned this card can not be beat for a price of only $40 with all the different settings you get. I have a older Klipch Promedia THX 4.1 speaker system and this card really brought new life to these great sounding speakers! This sounds better than the Creative Quad core card and although that card can handle 256 individual sound compared to 128 by this card. This card just sounds better in every way. Note: If you get hiss when you move your mouse on your desktop it's a bad card. I purchased mine from Amaz** and had a new card sent for free, while I still had the old card. The new card is absolutly great!!! No hiss what so ever, that is until you go to play an old MP3. However that's not the cards fault, it's the recording!! I have tried $200 sound cards at the shop for trail runs!! Nothing out on the market justifies the cost! Not when you can buy this baby for $40 and have all your needs met!!!

Most Critical Review

Really poor quality control..........

Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Brown Switches
Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Illuminated Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Brown Switches

Pros: It's full of really nice features when it actually works. It has a 5 year warranty! With me having received 4 bad keyboards in a row the warranty may be important for anyone that has bought this keyboard in the future. Thermaltake paid the return shipping on all but the very first RMA. They will e-mail a pre-paid UPS label after a second RMA is required.

Cons: I have had 3 of these brown switch keyboards and they have all been RMA'd for a replacement that failed right out of the box! So that's a total of 4 bad Brown Switch versions of this keyboard. That have all been sent back under a RMA. I bought this based on the good reviews but have had nothing but key stroke problems that forced me to send them back under warranty.

Overall Review: I thought I was getting a really cool mechanical keyboard that has a fantastic LED under each key. I like the feel of the keystrokes and the look of the back lighting. That said I have now sent back my 4th defective keyboard for a replacement. The first 3 were all horrible with non registering keys and double or triple registering keys! Quality control has to be really, really horrible for me to get 4 bad keyboards all in a row. These were not small issues, but frustrating problems when typing a simple e-mail or more importantly my pass words. My only hope is that the 4th keyboard will be replaced with a new model that costs $120. It's a brand new design from Thermaltake that's sold on there web page but I have not seen it here or on Ama**. So all I have for this version is nothing but bad remarks. As opposed to slamming this model I'll hope I get a good functioning brand new model and will review it when I see it's available for sale here.

Probably the best built Blue ray burner on the market.........................................

Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4 MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK
Pioneer Black 16X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X BD-ROM 4 MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BDR-209DBK

Pros: Quit operation Burns and plays all media Will burn CD-Rs at 4x which is great for ( Flac or wav files for audio use) Well built Seems to last compared to a few other BD-RE optical drives I have bought Good customer service Burns MKV files perfectly to Verbatim BD-REs at 2x I would give this a solid 4 1/2 eggs and wish the review rating would change to allow 1/2 star or egg reviews.

Cons: None........................

Overall Review: Seems like Pioneer drives last a good long time compared to other brands I have tried. I had a LG and Lite On blue ray burner and they both croaked just after the 1 year warranty was up! Pioneer will provide great customer service with the 1 year warranty My first Pioneer died about 15 days before the 1 year warranty was up and they quickly replaced the drive with a brand new unit. I have been in I.T. since 1993 and have seen it all with computer hardware. Pioneer seems to have a above average product line compared to the other available Blue Ray burners!

Great card, Poor price point in 2015!

New Sapphire DUAL-X AMD Radeon R9 270X OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card w/ Boost(SaveMart)
New Sapphire DUAL-X AMD Radeon R9 270X OC 2GB GDDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card w/ Boost(SaveMart)

Pros: Well built, vapor X really works well! Price I paid was only $95 for a used card just back from a RMA. I own 2 of these and they both work great alone or in Cross-Fire! Only needs 2 - 6 pin power connections and a 500 watt P.S.U. Cards have a duel BIOS button which is a nice add on. I would rate these a solid 4 1/2 egg ratting if they had that option! I never give any hardware a 5 egg review as any component can be improved!

Cons: Current price point is a joke! I paid only $95 for each of my 2 Sapphire 270X cards. Fans can go bad but have not on mine.

Overall Review: If you have one of these cards and a fan begins to get loud simply clean the heat sink and the fans after removing the fans with a jewel sized screw driver. I had a one card that sounded as though the fan had a bad bearing. After close inspection all it needed was a good heat sink and fan blade cleaning. I smoke and this will harm any fans in a computer system. It actually harms everything in a computer system. I try to limit the harm with a good cleaning every 3 to 6 months! This cleaning takes a good 5 to 6 hours as every single fan blade needs to be cleaned thoroughly! I love the vapor X tech as it really seems to work as advertised! I would avoid the 3 fan cards and go for a good vapor X variety if you can find a used card for under $120! I only paid $95 and $90 for two identical cards. These are usually used for mining and can be found at very good price points on *bay. I used to only buy cards brand new and buying these two used only cost me $95! I sold my Asus 6950 for $90 which was the price of the second card I bought. You may choose to use the Sapphire software to adjust the voltage, or re-flash the card to the correct voltage! I had one that was flashed under the default voltage and it runs perfectly so I left it alone. Normally, I would have flashed the cards BIOS back to the factory default voltage. In cross-fire mode the cards work fine with the voltages being matched via AMDs CCC or the Sapphire supplied software. Both will work to change the voltage back to the default.

Great modular Power Supply!

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series, CAPSTONE-750-M, 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series, CAPSTONE-750-M, 750W Semi-Modular Power Supply, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, SLI & CrossFire Ready, Black

Pros: Nice modular design with a 750 watt Gold Rated power supply! I used to only buy Corsair power supplies but gambled on this after it received a SILVER star award from Hardocp! Have been running this unit for over 6 months without a single problem! Is modular where it counts and has very nice round cables that don't crack when placed on Hard Drives of Optical Drives! These power supplies have a 5 year warranty which is tough to beat! Nice black look with a 140mm fan that very quite! Has held up well and uses some high quality capacitors as well! This go's to show you that not all the cheaper power supplies are bad products! This replaced a non modular Corsair 750 watt bronze that just had too many extra cables to tuck away! This seems like it will hold up well and has for the first 6 months! I would say it's passed it's break in or burn in period with flying colors!

Cons: None at this price point!

Overall Review: Sure it's not a Corsair but at this price point I can't find anything wrong with this power supply! I was able to pick mine up for only $70 which is a excellent price! I have used this with duel Sapphire R9- 270X Vapor X video cards and 6 hard drives along with 2 optical drives, a water cooler, and numerous case fans and it driven all these components without a single issue! I'm glad I tried this out and will now be placing these in most new builds at the shop! How can you beat a gold rated modular supply that costs $70 and can hold it's own against other supplies costing almost 3 times as much? I personally think people get way to hung up on name brands and spend cash that they can put into a different internal part. A better video card or extra ram over a name brand power supply is a smart move to me. I have worked in I.T. since 1994 and see no reason why this power supply should not be taken very seriously as Hardocp has given it a Silver star award which means a lot coming from them!

Nice stable board with everything you should need!

ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z97-PRO LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Every feature you need minus the Wi-Fi of the more expensive model! Nice and stable with the fantastic mouse supported bios! Has a built in Intel NIC! Runs very cool and can over-clock well if that's your thing! Not to keen on the new gold look of the Asus heatsinks but it's different and will likely catch on! Asus boards usually cost a bit more but are usually worth the extra cash! Since I have worked in the I.T. field since 1994 I have been using Asus boards since about 1999 and have never used anything else in all my personal builds. Asus has fairly good customer service as well. If you need to have a new build the socket 1150 with a i7 at 4 GHZ is the way to go. However, if you are still running a Z-68 or Z-77 chipset with a Sandy or Ivy I would wait before upgrading until the PCI Express SSDs are released and get cheaper as well as DDR 4. There is little in the ways of performance gain moving to this socket if your running either of those sockets! I bought from a different vender but usually buy my boards from Newegg.

Cons: None! Since you should know what your buying!

Overall Review: I'm really getting sick and tired of the individuals that post complaints as opposed to a decent review because they were shipped a DOA board or a board that failed during the burn in process! Please stop writing COMPLAINTS about a product that is not working even if it failed 30 days after you bought it! It's called electrical burn in and all electronics need to pass this 80 hours of constant use before they will likely last for many years! Anyone that works with electronics for computers or even music related components knows this and understands it! When I see people leaving these COMPLAINTS on a DOA or board that failed within a month it really peeves me! Asus has about 35 to 40% of all the market on motherboards and thus based on these simple numbers will have more DOA and boards that fail relatively soon. That's what a 3 or 5 year warranty is for you COMPLAINERS!