Joined on 09/11/03
Pros: I was happy to find that this fit my case. Dropped my temps from 44-46-idle to 40-42c on overclocked e8400. I'm running at 3.65ghz currently from a stock speed of 3.0ghz. Under load average temp is ~53. Copper heat pipe looks cool. Tightning the heatsink down is easy (thumbscrews) compared to some other heatsinks I've had in the past. No louder than stock fan.
Cons: you have to pull your motherboard to put an X-clamp on the back. Have mixed feelings about temps. I was expecting cooler temps based on the reviews here. I'm having questions of my thermal paste application. I used artic silver 5 with the spread method. Still, a 40c idle on a 20% overclock is pretty sick...
Overall Review: if anyone has some suggestions, contact me. I'm close to the only person on the internet with the name LoXodonte. Just google it and it's me. If I get super ambitious I may yank it off and apply the paste that came with the cooler. sigh.
Pros: For a stereo card under optical output, this card does a great job. Good sound quality, simple installation, ok software, reasonable price.
Cons: it doesn't do whats advertised. True 5.1 under optical isn't going to happen PERIOD. I thought my signal sounded a little "pro-logic" -ess. Deciding to follow up on my suspicions, I played a DVD of the matrix on my computer through optical out, then played the exact same scene in the movie on my 360 through optical out. My hardmon kardon receiver instantly detected all audio channels output from the 360, and MAN you can tell the difference. The music will be mapped to the front speakers, and dialogue to the center, very emmersive. On to the optical of the PC with the turtle card: WAAAY too much was in the center channel, and VERY muddy at that. Stay clear of this if you're wanting 5.1 over optical.
Overall Review: By "pass through" optical, I wonder if they meant: It sounds like the sound is passing through a pillow before reaching your ear canal, or that the experience is on par with passing a stone.
2 years then boom
Pros: Worked for awhile. Rearranged my office for a couple hours and when I went to plug this back in...nothing. No light, no fan, no work. The design of this is pretty simple, and as other have mentioned could easily be designed for hot swap on the fly useage but the design just doesn't seem thought through.
Cons: I do remember the first time setup was an issue for me because I required a port multiplier, wasn't just enough that I had e-sata support on my board. This was my fault and after I picked up the right expansion card I was good for a couple years.
Overall Review: I created a trouble ticket with Sans Digital, will modify my review depending on what happens.
Pros: Long cord, nice surface, good analog sticks, triggers have more range but pinch base of fingers.
Cons: This controller had a lot of promise as the flawed mad catz analog sticks have finally been replaced with MS replicas, minus the squeeks the new MS controllers sometimes make. Unfortunately, the triggers are still uncomfortable, as when you press them down your finger can get pinched in the gap. More importantly, this controller is just broken. Was playing forza and noticed my car at times would just sit at a SOLID rpm marker and never climb, if I tapped the brake it would start working again. Something funny with the controllers internalls, strangely when yould draw the hud option in the game to view your brakes, it wasn't stuck. Something else weird going on...
Overall Review: don't buy, don't buy because its a flawwed product for a high price, and don't endorse mw2, infinity ward rapped the poor PC gamers.
Pros: I bought this card for a 2nd computer that I'm running into my 5.1 receiver. Optical output in full 5.1. Good Looks, crisp sound, my receiver reads all the dts and digital modes.
Cons: the price is fair, I just get used to the steals they normally have on here. My other comment complaint could be the receiver as much as the card, or maybe just the way the optical interface works. It seems like the sound gets turned off when it's been idle, so if a sound gets channeled back over, it acts like it's coming out of standby, and you miss the first second or two of a song, or in my case it's teh windows startup sound clip
Overall Review: my rear channel speakers are coming in the mail now, can't wait to see how this sounds when they're hooked up. This card is massively better than the Turtle Beach that I RMA'd. It had a bit of missleading info, and didn't do a true 5.1 optical out like this does.
Pros: I was buying the g9 as a resolution to the several issues I've been having with my Razer Lachesis, mainly the known cursor skip, and bindings not working for all my games. Other than that, I loved the lachesis. This mouse cured the compatibility issues I was having with great software, and the skipping cursor issues with an excellent sensor. The exchangeable shell is a good idea, but needs more variation for bigger/smaller hands.
Cons: Poorly placed buttons. I'm the type of player that uses every button you put on a mouse. Unfortunately, nobody can seem to get this right. The thumb buttons feel good, and the left/right click have adopted razers sensitivity. However, the mousewheel is really bad... Middle mouse is impossible to press down without either scrolling the wheel, or leaning another, which is pretty terrible for a customizable mouse thats supposed to be good for games. Because of this I've pulled all of my bindings off of the mouse and moved my weapon toggles over to the dpi buttons. The weights aren't worthwhile in my mind. I use cloth so have a fair amount of friction as is. The buttons are just too jittery, awkardly placed, and microscopically small.
Overall Review: All I need on a mouse is thumb buttons, a firm scroll, an easily to click middle mouse, left/right click, and 2 extra easy to reach buttons. ffs cut the left/right click down the middle to make 2 more buttons. It's ridiculous having a HUGE left and right click just because thats the way it's ALWAYS BEEN DONE. They make up for half the relestate of the mouse, a total waste of space.
This was one of the few truly powered USB 3.0 bays I could find so because there wasn't much feedback I wasn't buying with the confidence I might normally have. Fortunatley it was a wise decision to purchase this product. I actually ordered 2 of these units which arrived in a weeks time. Upon unboxing you'll find a note from a custom service rep. I think it's pretty obvious this company knows the value of positive feedback which is why I sort of felt compelled to leave feedback. Customer service A++ Product A++ It's a fairly simplistic product but I'm very happy with it. Thank you!