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Ryan M.

Ryan M.

Joined on 06/23/08

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Most Favorable Review

Works very well

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

Pros: Works like it should. keeps my north bridge chilly. Cheap. Nothing more i can add to what's already been said. Just buy it already. even if you don't need it right now. Rub it on your chest like it's vicks vapor rub. I've done it and guess what? IT KEPT MY CHEST COOL. That's a lie it didn't cool my chest. I just wasted a tube for no reason and made a mess. don't do that. But for the intended purposes it really works good.

Cons: Not v*cks vapor rub. seriously don't do it.

10/12/2011
Most Critical Review

Decent monitor at the right price

ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor
ASUS VE247H 24" (Actual size 23.6") Full HD 1920 x 1080 VGA DVI-D HDMI Built-in Speakers LED Backlit LCD Monitor

Pros: -Plenty of screen real estate -1080p (what happened to x1200 screens?) -Bright LED back-light -Quick Response... -Slim Pretty good monitor for the price. You get 2ms (I have a gripe with this actually), LED Back-lighting (VERY BRIGHT out-of-box. Seriously, ASUS turn this thing down.), Rich, vibrant colors with deep blacks, 23.6"screen,1080p, Solid Base, Slim design, and Power saving. Also, you get HDMI, DVI-D,VGA , and sound ports. Buttons are also nicely incorporated and hidden, IMO(some people don't like it) tucked on the bottom right corner of the monitor, are easily accessible. I have this monitor on a swivel wall mount and holds up pretty snugly. Very light especially without the base at around 7lbs. Used primarily for games and movies. And I didn't get dead pixels! Yay!

Cons: LED is bright out-of-box. But that's easily remedied by wearing sunglasses and going into menu and turning it down. This I think, is why the monitor have back-light bleeding edges though. Your mileage may vary. It's not bad, hard to notice unless you have a black background. WTH Overdrive? The monitor have this 'LCD overdrive' function that basically controls the screen response time. I was told. By ASUS. IT CAUSES AN AFTERGLOW ON THE SCREEN THAT TRAILS MOVING OBJECTS. It's annoying. I look at spreadsheets and emails all day with black text on white background. Moving the cursor and scrolling causes afterglow havoc all over. QUIT IT. Luckily, you can disable 'OD' in the service menu by holding 'menu' button then turning monitor on, and pressing menu again. You have to do this every time the screen is turned off or cycled. This is probably the 'ghosting' people reports. My ACER doesn't do anything like this. VERY ANNOYING. Speakers are MEH. That is all.

Overall Review: Well, like everything in life- wife, kids, job, crazy neighbor that have a collection of taxidermied squirrels that he caught in the backyard... you learn to live with it. For the price, I got it for $160 with rebate, really not bad overall. If there's a firmware fix for the afterglow, please tell me. I don't mind lower response time over heavenly objects on the screen. My fingers are tired of going into service menu.

11/29/2011

Ham

Crysis 2 PC Game
Crysis 2 PC Game

Pros: I got it for $10 bucks. Not a bad game really. Graphically, you can still say that this and Crysis set the standards for what the genre should be. Story-wise, well, it is so cliche' you can almost predict what Soap errrrr Alcatraz is going to get himself into. Still a satisfying quick romp through though.

Cons: Well, you can't truly appreciate the beauty that is Crysis unless you have a baller system. Even @ DX9 1080p my (CFX6950) system struggles on some parts on max. But even as a slide show it's a sight to behold. Gameplay- the AI is pretty duh dur. They get stuck on walls and even boxes when they had failed to vault over it or whatever stupid thing they did to get into that predicament. It happens way too often it's not even funny anymore. Multiplayer- It's ok but not a lot of people are playing anymore. Feels a lot like COD but you can Solid Snake your way through it. And then die. A LOT. It is really punishing for noobs. Unlock all the enhancements if you wanna live. Whenever I enable DX11 with or without hi-res this game caps at 50 fps Vsync regardless of video quality. Fullscreen. Windowed works fine but CFX is disabled. What gives? I get solid 60 on BF3 ultra.

Overall Review: For what I got it for, it's a steal. Entertaining campaign (aliens making out with walls and all), user made mods, and multiplayer (sorta) to hold you off until the third iteration. If you are a fan of the first game, you have to have to have this one on the shelf.

Nice

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Pros: Cheap, fast, reliable. Been having great luck with using these sticks on my builds. No dead/damaged/DOA sticks yet. Awesome. The fins are not too tall either. Allows for fitting with even the largest CPU heatsinks.

Cons: ...none.

Overall Review: I have a Phenom II on another build and have set the timings @7-7-7-24 ~1333 instead. Runs much better and with stock voltage- stable.

Sweet Plank

Microsoft  SIDEWINDER X4  Keyboard - Retail
Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard - Retail

Pros: It lights up! Good because the function keys I cannot always find. Macro keys are also great to have. It has a trapped soul inside from what I heard. -SHINY-

Cons: I have fat, sausage-y fingers that are used to the spacing of mac keyboards. Way too tightly packed for me on this one and I refusef to get used to thisd. <---fat fingers in action. Also, the ESC key is in a weird position. Might find yourself hitting the tilde key alot. The alot likes the tilde key. Dust magnet. Like the Phat PS3.

Great!

PHILIPS Black 3.5mm O'Neill THE STRETCH Headband Headset SHO9567BK/28
PHILIPS Black 3.5mm O'Neill THE STRETCH Headband Headset SHO9567BK/28

Pros: Pretty decent set at the right price. I believe I paid 30 for this (SHELL SHOCKER) and for that, can't complain. Excellent for gaming, listening to music and are comfortable to wear for long hours as they are light and doesn't grip too tightly. (If they do, you probably just have a huge head, brainchild, go think up ways to cure cancer or something.)

Cons: Mine were off balance. Sound was louder than on one side. Used mainly for gaming so I had adjusted it from Speaker properties on Windows.

Overall Review: Connected the mic with a 3.5mm extension to front panel jack on my PC and it worked. I use it to yell at kids on MW3. Not sure how well it works but they can hear me and that's all this old fart cares about.