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Stuart B.

Stuart B.

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Most Favorable Review

Couldn't play without it

Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse
Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse

Pros: New design is ergonomic and feels more intuitive and comfortable than the old design Still the best MMO/Gaming Mouse on the market

Cons: None

Overall Review: I purchased this mouse to replace my original Razer Naga that I had been using for almost 5 years. After a hard 5 years of gaming, including thousands of hours playing World of Warcraft, the old Razer Naga finally gave up and started double clicking on a single left click and then wouldn't click at all. My old Naga took a beating and I'm sure this one will too. Highly Recommended.

Most Critical Review

Good Board, Major BIOS Updates and XMP Instability

ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - Great color scheme - AI Suite 3 / User Friendly UEFI

Cons: - XMP Profiles that are pre-loaded with the BIOS and updates cause major system instability when trying to run RAM at rated speeds. The default speed for DDR4 RAM to run at for this board is 2133 MHz. However it lists many different compatible RAM kits and frequencies that should be able to be used, but this is not the case in my experience with it. See other thoughts for detailed description

Overall Review: This board is marketed as an OC friendly board that is AI Suite 3 compatible. I purchased 16 GB of 3000 MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX Red (2x8 GB) sticks of DDR4 hoping to maximize the OC potential of my system. I was able to use AI Suite 3 to get my i5 6600K to 4.3 GHz from 3.5 GHz without issue. Once I attempted to enable the XMP Profile #1 to run my RAM at rated speed the computer goes into a black screen and requires a manual restart. Upon restart the computer provides an "Overlock Failed, Press F1 to enter setup" error. I have also tried enabling XMP in advanced mode and manually entering the clocks and timings with no effect other than this error. I have the DIMMs installed in A2 and B2 as per the manual instructions, and have tried swapping them, and putting them into the system one at a time. None of this troubleshooting has had any other positive effect. I am content to run my RAM at 2133 MHz until the next set of BIOS updates come out to try again, but if you are not willing to wait then steer clear. If you are buying this board for RAM XMP OC potential look at a ROG series board.

Won't run at rated speed.

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3000C15R
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK16GX4M2B3000C15R

Pros: - Color scheme looks great - Easy to install and run at base clocks

Cons: Won't run at 3000 MHz with the timings listed. I'm running it in an Asus Z170 Pro Gaming series board, and with XMP enabled and custom setting the timings this DIMM is listed with, I get a boot up error that "Overclock has failed, Press F1 to enter setup" whenever I attempt to enable XMP. I've tried re-seating the DIMM physically and manually setting timing after activating the stock XMP profile. Neither has worked. If you're looking to get the absolute most out of your RAM clock you may want to avoid this particular set.

10/28/2015

Excellent Buy

ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor
ASUS VG248QE 24" Full HD 1920 x 1080 1ms (GTG) 144Hz DVI-D HDMI DisplayPort Built-in Speakers Asus Eye Care with Ultra Low-Blue Light & Flicker-Free Backlit LED NVIDIA 3D Gaming Monitor

Pros: Excellent refresh rate and response time Solid for gaming and everyday use

Cons: None

Overall Review: This monitor is BRIGHT with default settings... you don't need to change the ICC profile like some people do, with some tweaking on the settings for the monitor itself you can adjust it down just perfectly on its own.