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Alexander l.

Alexander l.

Joined on 08/06/11

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Most Favorable Review

Awesome case!

Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID VN400A1W2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID VN400A1W2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: Cheap, dust filters on 5.25 in drive bays and PSU air intake, looks great, nice side window, cable management, water cooling holes on the back of the case

Cons: Cheap, plastic clips holding the drive bay covers are really cheap and had one snap off, water cooling holes on the back are not punched-out and does not have rubber grommets, plastic feet not rubber so it slides easly around.

Overall Review: Prsonally I think this is a great case. It looks great and has a nice side window to see inside which many other cases do too but it's design is nicer. The specs are wrong tho cuz this case does have USB 3.0 on the front which has a cord that plugs into the back.

Most Critical Review

Came with Printrbot Plus

COOLMAX I-400 400W ATX12V Power Supply
COOLMAX I-400 400W ATX12V Power Supply

Pros: Supplies power. Runs cold. Very light. Hasn't died yet

Cons: Fan runs at full speed constantly. I don't think it supplies 400W but that's just a assumption. I don't trust this power supply to last long. It's too light weight feels too cheap to last.

Overall Review: This psu came with a Printrbot Plus that i bought about a month ago and has been running it alright. When i set the bed to 100C it would not reach it. It would get to 86C and would not go any higher which was quite a let down since it has to be at 100C to print ABS. The psu was running cold but all the wires supplying the printer power were getting quite warm which was a little concerning. I switched it over to a 620W psu from Corsair and it reaches 100C after some time. Its currently in a NAS server with an AMD FX-8350 and 4 HDD's and so far it has not failed. But we shall see.

Great Performance to Price Ratio!

MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RX 480 GAMING X 8G
MSI Radeon RX 480 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support ATX Video Card RX 480 GAMING X 8G

Pros: -Upgraded from 2 GTX 660's in SLI. Performance wise is like night and day. -Very quiet! Not silent but very quiet. Here are a few differences in fps between 2 660's to one 480 at 1920x1080: 660: Witcher 3 Everything maxed: 25-30fps GTA 5 most on high - very high: 20-25 fps Rust on Max: 15-25fps RX 480: Witcher 3 Maxed: 55-60fps GTA 5 High-Very High: 50-55fps Rust Maxed: 70-80fps

Cons: -Card is quite large. Not a big enough problem to knock off an egg but beware for people with small cases. -To set the color on the MSI logo on the side of the card the MSI Game app needs to be running. Not a huge problem but would be nice if that could be written to the card so it wasn't dependent on the program. -Under load it reaches very high temperatures (89C before it starts to underclock). May just be my card however. See below The reason a egg was knocked off was my card is having a issues with it's fans. As the computer is at idle on the desktop the card will dip below 60C and the fans will turn off as they are supposed to. However every once in a while when the fans turn back on only one fan will turn on. And this will alternate between the two fans so its not like one fan is defective. If i open the case and spin the off fan by hand it'll take off and both will run as it should. This normally wouldn't be a problem but when only one fan is running the card cannot cool sufficiently and it will reach 90c and the computer will shut down without warning. It almost seems to me like for whatever reason the card cannot supply enough grunt to the fans to spin them both at start up. While one fan is running you can see the other fan twitching as if its trying to start up but cannot. I however do need to give credit where it is due and thank newegg for making the RMA process as painless as possible. They supplied detailed instructions as well as a shipping label print off so i did not have to pay for shipping!

Overall Review: While i was having issues with cooling the performance of this card is excellent! When I receive the replacement card i will make a new review!

Why didn't i just get this first!? (Read other comments)

Elgato Game Capture HD, Xbox and PlayStation High Definition Game Recorder for Mac and PC, Full HD 1080p
Elgato Game Capture HD, Xbox and PlayStation High Definition Game Recorder for Mac and PC, Full HD 1080p

Pros: -USB interface. -Small and portable -Can use a laptop to capture. (For the most part) -Captures RCA right off the bat. No need for converters or any of that nonsense. It just captures RCA right of the box! -Works on Mac. -Actually captures PS3!

Cons: -Can be quite demanding on your pc. 50-70% on i7 4770k (according to task manager) -Software can be a bit confusing but isn't too hard to figure out -Built in editor is nothing to write home about.

Overall Review: I had purchased a little over a year ago the Avermedia Live Gamer HD (PCI-e Capture Card) and it had worked well until about a week ago. Any system it was plugged into would cause Windows (10) to bluescreen before it reached the Login Screen. So for a replacement i decide to get this and it so far it is a much better choice. The biggest issues i encountered with the Avermedia that was fixed with the Elgato: -Needed a desktop PC to capture with. Makes it a bit of a pain if you wanted to capture a game system in a different location. (ie playing Wiiu in one room with a smaller tv and wanting to play Xbox one in the living room. You get the idea) - Capturing anything that was not HDMI. If you wanted to capture say a Nintendo 64 it was possible but not easy. I ended up buying 3 different RCA->HDMI converters before i found one that worked. And even that only worked if i plugged the HDMI into the input of the Xbox one. in other words N64- > HDMI Coverter -> Xbox One HDMI Input -> Capture Card. Man what a debacle. - Audio Sync Issues. The Avermedia Live Gamer HD captured in a "Variable Frame Rate" Meaning if the game dipped below 30fps/60fps the capture card did as well. Using media info you could see a clip that had a max FPS of 30 and min of 12 fps. This means using Adobe Premiere to edit you would loose audio sync almost instantly. Using handbrake to render it at a constant Frame rate would correct this a little but i found it still tended to fall out of sync after about 20 min. Using the elgato i found it would loose sync after about an hour. Now that is much better! That being said! This problem was not apparent in Final Cut Pro on Mac and would keep in sync for a very long time with the Avermedia. -Capturing PS3 is easy! For once. It's not HDMI so the quality isn't the absolute best but it works! HDCP made it difficult with the Avermedia. Issues with the Elgato that the Avermedia solved. -System demand. That little USB capture card kicks a PC's rear end when it comes to CPU usage. The PCI-e card makes system usage very low. (5-10% CPU Usage. Disk usage was very similar between the two) This makes it much harder to play a game and record/stream it on the same pc. -The overall video quality was better on the Avermedia. Picture was more crisp (assuming due to larger bandwidth availability with the PCI bus.) Overall i am very impressed with the Elgato. As nice as the quality was on the Avermedia the large backwards compatibility and the constant frame rate vs. the variable frame rate makes this the capture card for me! If you are someone who will be playing nothing but newer consoles that use HDMI (Xbox 360/One, Ps4, Wiiu, PC) then the Avermedia Live Gamer HD may be the better choice! I will also be doing a comparison on my YouTube Channel Tee Stains if you would like to see a side by side comparison in video quality!

Wow!

AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages
AVerMedia C985 Live Gamer HD - Capture & Share Your PC Game Footages

Pros: Wow! this thing is good! Records crisp clean video especially when at 60 mbps and naturally works on xbox pc and WiiU just to name a few. ReCentral is absolutely amazing! The program lets you change every little setting and that helps alot. Does't Stutter while capturing and just works. Hit record and forget. Did a test of 4 hours of recording at 50 mbps and it did not stop or stutter once which is amazing.

Cons: Doesn't normally work on PS3 which unfortunately for me is the console i use most. That being said someone out there has managed to make a custom version of ReCentral which disables HDCP. If your someone who uses PS3 for most of their games i suggest looking into that as it saves you the hassle and money of having to buy an adapter to bypass it. I didn't knock off an egg due to the fact it's not the capture cards fault its Sony's fault. Also the specs listing of this thing is something to desire. If your looking for more indepth specs check the other thoughts.

Overall Review: Compared to using something like fraps and stuff like that to record your games this thing is amazing. It does't force anymore work on your pc as a result you can capture your screen without loosing FPS which is great. Now some of the specs and settings that is harder to find are: You can record in 720p (or Lower) @ 60fps. 1080p @ 30fps. Recording can be done at: .3mbps to 60mbps. Giving you amazing range if your recording some retro stuff or just have very little HDD space. You can enable mic recording with the gameplay as well as you can make it so it captures the mic audio in a seperate .mp3 file which is great if you edit videos and want to increase the mic audio and decrease the gameplay or something like that. If your using the HDMI passthrough i have found ZERO LATENCY which is fantastic. Now something like my PS3 is plugged into the HDMI Input then the output to my TV. If your playing something by looking at the video preview on the pc on ReCentral there is some latency and it is very noticeable and for some will be just outside the margin of playable. For the most part CPU Usage is kept very low but still is increased a little. The capture card is being used on a pc with a i7 860 and will run about 20-25% cpu usage. You can set profiles for recording which include resolution, mbps, Mic usage, Audio settings etc. Hope this helps!! 10/10 would buy again

Great!

Blue Microphones Snowball (Brushed Aluminum) Condenser USB Microphone with Cardioid and Omnidirectional Pickup Patterns, 10dB Pad, and Included Stand and Cable - Brushed Aluminum
Blue Microphones Snowball (Brushed Aluminum) Condenser USB Microphone with Cardioid and Omnidirectional Pickup Patterns, 10dB Pad, and Included Stand and Cable - Brushed Aluminum

Pros: Cheap for this high of quality! Super nice audio. Not the absolute best but still amazing! No fuzz in the audio, nice and crisp. The three different modes really help out for recording in any situation

Cons: Picks up allot of ambient noise if used in a noisy location. My pc is running hot it'll pick up some of the fan noise as well as my pc keyboard. But its to be expected with any mic.

Overall Review: I bought this mic for streaming and recording game play audio with some friends and it works great. Set it to omni-directional and set it in the center of us and let it do its thing as we play!