Joined on 02/11/09
Pros: -awesome audio quality with a nice rumble bass, -the software is simple, slim, and manageable -ear cups are large enough (I have pretty big ears : ) the material is also very soft, good for long play periods -not too tight around the dome -mic comes through nice and clean at 44100Hz, and even better at higher frequency(plus the voice modulation is pretty hilarious) -the mic is detachable : ) -"3d" sound isn't the same as true 5.1 surround, but they do a pretty good job faking it, I can't tell the difference between this and an analog 5.1 head set.
Cons: They feel........fragile. I'll let u know in 6 months if they have fallen apart or not : )
Overall Review: definately a good buy if your in the market for a low cost surround gaming headset. Note that it also comes with alchemy which allows older games to take advantage of EAX audio support in Vista and 7
Pros: very capable, stands up next to the nvidia 570 and holds its ground drivers are very good, and so far the Catalyst control center is awesome ( good job AMD for given the boot to ATI) maxes out any game i throw at it (currently) open cl support is fun to play with hosts 6 monitors
Cons: i should remove an egg on this post for this, but given the price tag i geuss i cant complain.....it doesnt come with a mini display port to display port adapter!!!!!!!! how can u sell a product with monitor 6 monitor support and not provide an adapter!!!!! also the card is huuuuge, not really a con but i thought i would you know
Overall Review: it runs hot, but what high end card doesnt. Although all the nvidia fans boys claim the nvidia's run cooler, thats actually not true. We bench and build with many varieties of gpus and they are all about the same as far as heat is concerned
Nice peice of copper
Pros: The biggest improvement, of course was the heat reduction Xfx Ati 4870 (OC'ed) (stock cooling) idle~42c /load~60c-90c!!!!! (zalman) idle~45c /load~50c-60c I was expecting a drop in temp, but this thing goes above and beyond. Crysis maxed out with highest resolution, after hours of gameplay shows the card running a temp of 57c-60c (with the case closed). Also, the fan is very quiet. A huge perk for some. I never really cared all that much, but it makes a noticable difference. The install was unbelievably easy. Took me all of about 10 minutes, and the instructions were easy to read "lego-layout" : )
Cons: I don't understand why aftermarket vga cooler companies don't just build a 4-pin fan controller cable so can utilize the the display driver instead of a cumbersome unit that floats around the inside of the case. (Seriously I unplugged it. You don't really need it anyway).
Overall Review: Overall its a great buy (Especially if you bought the Xfx Radeon 4870, with the old heatsink/fan assembly : P ). One note to people; this will bring your ambient temps up. Asus M4a785td-Evo AMD Athlon II x4 4gb ddr3 1200 XFX Ati Radeon 4870 Rosewill 550w Psu Seagate 320gb hdd
So Far So Good
Pros: I had thought about going with a Gigabyte mobo with similar specs, but I'm glad i choses Asus. Everything plugged right in out of the box and installed all the drivers without issue (no install process either, just loaded them). Also features good OC software and a system monitor tool (which other companies in the same class dont provide). a very good board layout too, my large graphics card doesnt block the sata ports, and great placement for the pcie slots allows me the space to have two of these cards Runs VERY cool, the mobo temp hardly moves from 33C when under a load Asus definately provided a work horse for under $100, I would suggest this board to anyone
Cons: I thought a brown board with blue ports and heatsinks was a bit strange, but I geuss once its in the case you can't really see the board color so it doesnt matter. : )
Overall Review: Still running this board in a 32 bit enviroment, and I haven't attempted OCing yet, but I will repost after i upgrade to win7 AMD Athlon II x4 620 XFX Radeon 4870 1GDDR5 4gb Super Talent (PC12800) 1600mhz DDR3