Joined on 10/15/11
great $ to benefit ratio
Pros: cost to benefit ratio is high, sub blends well, great lows, easy to control the output, not boomy or underpowered like many $200-300 subs
Cons: larger than many 10" powered subs, BUT, that box size is one of the reasons it goes as low as it does.
Overall Review: excellent value for the $$ at present you can net shop and get the klipsch synergy 10 aka sub10 and the jbl es 10 for similar money. without having heard any of the 3 and even more important, heard them in a similar room; i chose the energy based on it's ability to go lower than the other two serious contenders.
does what it is suppose to.
Pros: build quality, silent fans, led lighting is infinitely adjustable, speed
Cons: top of the 1070 price range
Overall Review: excellent card, at 1080p in heaven 4.0, max/ultra everything 8aa i was seeing 2440 out of the box and pushed to 2551 with 110mhz on the clock and 300mhz on the mem, 112% power and a small voltage bump. i would also like to point out 2540 can be done with NO voltage increase as 95mhz on the clock and at least 270mhz on the memory was stable. have not pushed the memory with no voltage to find the limit but have on the core clock. artifacts started above 100mhz on the core clock with no voltage.,
Pros: microsoft will be focusing on this and letting win 7-8 slide as time goes on
Cons: read the other reviews
Overall Review: i decided to make this review a little different than the endless list of pros and cons you can see elsewhere here. there's really one big glaring giant point to win 10 and that is the support moving forward. new games, new programs, new hardware, chances are it will all be designed around win10. the second thing to consider is every version of windows that i can remember from 95 onward sucked when it first came out, then, the good ones....oddly every other release got better as time went on. you had 98, xp, win7, and now win 10 which appears to be on the same track as the previous versions worth using. win xp was a great great version....and...it's just locked in the past now, great for dos and early programs but it's a product of its age. win 7 is going to go the same way so the only question you have to ask yourself is if you want to upgrade now or wait a couple years.
great mouse, 9.5 / 10 rating
Pros: most everything. fit, feel, weight, precision
Cons: button clicking is a tad shallow
Overall Review: this is a great great mouse and i almost didn't purchase it. the short story is i had a 50% off code for an evga mouse and bought this thinking "what the heck' i already had an x3 and was curious if this was much of an upgrade. well...it is and it's better in every way except one. the button clicking on this mouse is very shallow and if you're use to a more full defined click this one may through you until you get use to it. for example if the average mouse has a click depth of say .10mm this one would most likely measure about .05mm or roughly half of what a regular mouse is, maybe 60% but around there. if you play FPS games this could be seen as input lag reduction as it is that much faster. however, for day to day tasks i'm not sure if i'm sold. i will say this much though....while i have an x3 and wireless logitech sitting here i did not go back to either after getting the x10.
great for a budget build
Pros: cheap, hyperthreading
Cons: 2 cores, locked multiplier
Overall Review: the main reason i decided to write a review was to bring up a very inexpensive way to keep this cpu very cool. as many of you may know, the i3 comes with a solid aluminum. the i5-i7 copper core socket 1150 heatsinks snap right into the fan and or complete i5 copper core take off fans are $8 shipped on the auction site. the heavier duty copper core cooler has this cpu running in the 30-32c range during basic tasks and so far i haven't seen over 39c even gaming. i think if i really push on it getting in the 40s could be done, but, that's pretty darn good imo for such a low cost upgrade.
great for a budget build
Pros: cheap, good feature set, beyond easy to setup, no issues in win 7
Cons: missing the wifi from the regular pro board, appears to be no power for esata if anyone still uses that, also no legacy pci slots
Overall Review: since i now have win10 on a hero7-5690k mb/cpu build i wanted to create a win 7 system for older software and a backup machine. every single utility and driver on the included cd worked flawless. that said, would i buy this board for a win 10 build? probably not. as of now there are no driver updates for win10 on the asus website and a z97 board isn't all that much more money and or z170. however, for what i'm doing with it, really couldn't ask for more. this board has a nice graphical mouse driven bios and should be a breeze for anyone with even a little tech knowledge. i was able to get this board, 8gb of corsair memory and an intel i3 4170 for $225 making it a slick and very functional budget build. let's see, what else? the board has solid caps and an overall solid feel to it, things clip in as they should and it really does not feel like many other sub $100 budget boards. i decided to write this review for a couple of reasons, one of them was the influx of negativity. i'm really not sure what caused it but overall this is a very easy to use and very functional board.