Joined on 10/18/04
Pros: Since there are so many reviews on the GTX 580, not much needs to be stated about its pros. For this iteration inparticular though, the defining feature is the 3gb of vram. I'll say right off, this is overkill if you're not running HD+ or extreme resolutions. I plan to be running a triple monitor set up when all said and done so that's why I opted for the 3gb versions to run in 2D surround. My other motive for the purchase was to "future-proof" my purchase a bit. With computers the term "future-proof" is very subjective as you can never really do that given how fast tech develops. I mean even in this case Nvidia will have a new chipset out late this year or early next year, depending on what preview predictions you believe. Still, I don't build new PC's very often so when I do I try to build something that I can live with for at least 3 years. My last PC I had for about 4 or 4.5 years.
Cons: No real cons but if I had to just nit pick, a personal thing for me would be the color scheme, simply b/c it doesn't match the overall scheme I was going for with my case. Again not a real con but if I could choose my own colors, they'd be different. :)
Overall Review: Price is always the hurt factor with these type of cards but again, I don't build often nor do I upgrade tons after my initial build, might add more memory or something like that but generally I don't upgrade my graphics cards until I do an entirely new system, so it's likely I'll have these for 3 years at least and I game A LOT so it's a good investment for me. For anyone on the fence about getting this card my only suggesstion would be to know what you plan to do with your PC and only buy it if you NEED 3gb of VRAM. VRAM is very important and useful but only to the extent of what you need. First thing you'll notice if you run out of it is an instant frame rate dip as the card then has to off-load duties to the cpu. So, while VRAM is great to ensure that doesn't happen, in most cases running only HD on a single monitor, you will not require more than the standard 1.5gb offered on the base model 580, so don't waste money if you don't need the extra VRAM.
Would not recommend
Pros: Nice look
Cons: Unfortunately this item seemed to have arrived DOA. I purchased this to put in my new build and of all the expensive things I ordered this little flare piece was the only thing that would not work. Unfortunately this will mark the first and last time I ever buy this product. Given it's low price it would mean the cost of shipping it back would comprise a significant portion of it's actual cost.
Overall Review: If it worked this probably would have been a nice addition for my case, unfortunately it does not and considering the cost to ship it back would probably be half of what I paid for it I guess I'll just have to eat the loss and avoid nzxt products in the future.
Product: Asus ROG PG27AQ Black 27” 4K/UHD 3840X2160 IPS NVIDIA G-Sync Gaming Monitor
Pros: -Perfect size: 27 inches is just right for me size wise. -Joystick navigation for monitor menus: I honestly don't know why all manufacturers don't do this. If you've ever been annoyed trying to navigate a monitor's menus in the past using the stupid buttons on the back you will instantly fall in love with this simple feature and wonder why it's not standard on every monitor. 4k visuals look great: I upgraded to this from a 1080p monitor and the pixel density difference is noticeable. Stand came attached: I was both surprised and elated that the stand for this monitor came already attached, no need to fiddle around with screwing it on or anything. Was packaged very well also.
Cons: Speakers: This isn't really a con I just wish the speakers were better. If you've ever had a monitor with speakers built in before then you can pretty much expect the same here. They're functional just nothing special. The only reason I wish they were a bit better is b/c I like to connect my consoles to my monitor these days and these speakers simply don't produce quality sound. Volume doesn't go high enough, I'd actually settle just for that one change b/c as I said I wasn't expecting much. Outside of that I have no real cons with this monitor, no bleeding, produces great colors, no dead pixels, color is balanced across the entire panel. There does seem to be a slight bit of wonky'ness when running this with a second monitor of different resolution. Nothing that effects gaming or this monitor just I've noticed certain little things with scaling and what not on my second monitor since getting this one, could just be my set up though.
Overall Review: Not 120hz: about the only thing this monitor didn't have that I was also kind of looking for was the 120hz. I don't consider it a con b/c I was aware of that when I purchased it. I don't really need that 120hz as I don't game competitively and that's mainly where that might matter but I tend to like to future proof with certain things, monitors are one of those items you don't really need to replace often so if I'm going to spend $900 might as well get the bells and whistles.
Great Headphones, would recommend
Pros: -Very comfortable: Very first thing I noticed about these was how comfortable they are. I use these primarily at work so they are on for many hours at a time and they never feel uncomfortable, they don't make my ears too warm or cause them to sweat. I don't have to adjust or fiddle with them, they stay nice and snug and comfortable the entire time. -Good sound quality: Sound is more clear and louder than my last 3 pairs of headphones, which isn't saying a lot as I use fairly cheap headphones but still these are nice. Even with just a few bars up on my iPhone these are good, max volume they are overwhelming for me. -Reasonable price point (discounted got for $70) -Solid construction: probably not the most well built headphones ever but they don't feel flimsy or like they will break with handling or a fall from standing height.
Cons: -Some of the audio notifications are a bit intrusive or annoying So about the only con I have is the audio notifications. There's a voiced notification for Power on and Power off and pairing, those I don't mind and kind of find useful but some people may not like those either. Audio sounds I find kind of intrusive though are the beeps for basically everything you do. Adjust the volume it beeps kind of loud, typing in text (on your phone) the key clicks are loud and the initial sound it makes when you click the first key, both loud and oddly annoying, has a different tone to it. Would be nice if you could turn those off or maybe turn them down or something. it's not a deal breaker but it certainly is a con to me as the sounds are not integral to the function of the headphones and they are generally more annoying than helpful.
Overall Review: For the full $120 non-sale price I'm not sure if I'd still get these or not but for the $70 sale price compared to the others headphones on offer here I feel like I got a good deal and am satisfied with this product. I made the switch to Bluetooth b/c all the corded headphones I had kept shorting out after 6 months or so, so I decided to go the bluetooth route in hopes a cordless option would give me a better lifespan. Only had these 3 weeks so can't speak to lifespan yet but as far as functionality, I have no complaints and would recommend these as a good cost effective option.
Great Cooler, not so great software
Pros: 1. Easy installation 2. RGB Corsair Logo on the cpu block 3. keeps my CPU nice and cool
Cons: Software that controls the fans and lighting is basically still in development. I was aware of this before I purchased and while I do consider this a con it's not as huge of an issue for me as I don't really care about the software. The main gripe I would have about it is that when you change the color of the LEG logo with the software it doesn't even save that, so when you reboot your PC you would have to set it every time it seems. Far as the fan controls and all, I have the RoG x99 board which has excellent fan controls built in so I don't really care about Corsair Link in that regard.
Overall Review: If all you're concerned with is keeping your cpu cool then this cooler is great. If you've watched the videos of them showing off Corsair Link and was looking forward to how cool that is then you will be disappointed. They are still working on the software but in it's current state it's just not reliable. I did not remove an egg b/c as I said I was aware of the software issues before hand and I don't care about the software much.
Pros: This card laughs at 1080p, it runs the new Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor game on Ultra settins and doesn't even use 50% CPU load, temp only hits 70 degrees after hours of play with fan steady at 40%. I upgraded to this card from 3gb gtx 580's SLi, so the performance increases are certainly noticeable. Not much else to say, it's fast, quiet, stays cool and runs everything I throw at it.
Cons: No real cons, not that I was expecting any.
Overall Review: If you're using this card on a 1080p monitor it's going to perform amazing as these cards are the base level for moving up to 4k monitors which I plan to do soon. This is also the first time I've ever had a gigabyte card, I usually go EVGA but they were sold out and I didn't want to wait. Had to go with a reference card instead of superclocked but OC'ing is easy enough.