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Mathew S.

Mathew S.

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Most Favorable Review

Greatly Improved Sound Quality For Such a Low Price

ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

Pros: What is so good about this card is that for the price of $54 you get high quality sound from using this card. I used this card in combination with a pair of $100 5.1 surround sound Logitech speakers and it improved the sound quality so much that the speakers sound like they are a lot more expensive. It takes a little playing around with the playback mixer, flex bass, and to adjust the decibel sliders for each sound effect under effects, but once you have it right it sounds amazing.

Cons: None

Overall Review: The greatest part about this card is that a little chip on the board called in OP AMP with metal legs that is seated in a cartridge slot can be replaced with any OP AMP chip you want to improve sound quality even more since this chip determines the sound output. I did this and noticed a much clearer sound. Also as for some reviews that have had problems with using this in Windows 7, it works perfect in Windows 7 I have been using windows 7 for over a year with this card and have had no problems at all. Also just to help inform a potential buyer even buyer and to keep false claims from leaning them towards not purchasing this, I saw reviews stating that OCZ solid state drives were being corrupted from installing this card, I also have a OCZ SSD and have no problems at all, and there is no way a sound card could corrupt a solid state drive because a add in hardware component cannot cause interference or corruption to another object if it is not directly linked to it. I hope this review helped to inform more people who were possibly thinking about buying this product. Also do not use the cd that comes with the drivers for the card, usually they cause problems so I went to Asus' website to download the newest drivers.

10/30/2012

Highest Quality SSD I Have Used

OCZ Vector Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC VTR1-25SAT3-128G
OCZ Vector Series 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC VTR1-25SAT3-128G

Pros: Very high quality SSD Feels very well built Have had for over a year and have had no problems Very fast transfer rate, took just 5 minutes to transfer 20 GB of game files from a HDD to the SSD Has Windows Experience Index rating of 7.9 out of 7.9 for disk data transfer rate. I am someone who re-formats their drives pretty often (1-5 times a year) to clean up my computer to keep it running fast. It used to be a chore to do with my older agility 3, but with this SSD it takes just 30 minutes total to do a complete install and have it up and running again. So if you are someone like me who re-formats their drives often then this drive is definitely worth the buy, due to it saving hours of waiting for installations to finish This SSD is by far the fastest SSD that I have ever used, I performed a clean install of Windows 7 and it took only 10 minutes to install all files from the cd, and 30 minutes after that to install all of the essential drivers and applications. Overall if you are looking for one of the best SSDs on the market for speed and reliability this SSD is it.

Cons: None it is an amazing SSD,

Overall Review: I liked the SSD so much that I ended up buying a second 128 GB Vector and that one has been just as stable and as reliable as my first Vector. I originally bought both of them when they were $160 and I still believe that they were worth the price.

Great RAM, But Was Delivered to The Wrong House When I Used Eggsaver Shipping

G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Pros: Great looking RAM and for a speed of 1866 MHZ the price is really good, and got it for $44 due to a $10 off discount. After doing thorough research it seems to be very high quality RAM so I can't wait till I get this fixed and can actually how good it is.

Cons: Since this shipping incident isn't new eggs fault I will keep all five stars for the product and I am posting this review to warn people who decide to try eggsaver shipping, this is the first time I have ever tried it and I will never try it again.

Overall Review: Do not get egg saver shipping if you decide to order this RAM because USPS cannot be trusted with anything worth any money. I entered in my tracking number on the USPS website to see where my package was and it said it was delivered today, but when I went to the mailbox there was no key there for me to unlock the storage box to receive my package. So now someone else has the RAM that I paid for since it was delivered to the wrong person. So it is better to pay the $6 for shipping and to save your self the hassle of possibly having your package being sent to the wrong place and having to call USPS to try to find out information about the package and having to wait longer for them to track it down take it back and being it to you.

10/27/2012

Largest Performance Gain

OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-60G
OCZ Agility 3 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) AGT3-25SAT3-60G

Pros: You get a very solid SSD for a good price.Very easy to install and sped up boot and power down times by double or more, no more waiting for computer to boot up or power down. It is a great OS drive and the performance of the drive is rated 7.4 in AHCI and 7.1 in IDE sata configurations with the use of a 6.0 Gbs sata cable and 6.0 Gbs data transfer speed set in BIOS. This SSD has been one of the cheapest upgrades I have bought for my computer, but it has been one of the most noticeable performance gains.

Cons: None

Dependable Speakers

Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers
Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

Pros: Very good speakers for the price. They have great room filling sound and are definitely worth buying. They only took me a few minutes to hook up and the color coded connections make it a simple and easy setup. The speakers are quite sturdy and being able to rotate the base of the speakers makes for easy for on the wall or a table. The rubber pads on the bottom of the speakers keep the speaker in place when placed on tables or counters.

Cons: The cord length for the speakers might be a little short depending on the size of the room, but you can make them longer by buying an audio cord from Radio Shack for a few dollars.

Overall Review: The bass has a great deep sound to it. The Matrix is a very nice feature added if you do not have a 5.1-7.1 surround sound card on your computer. It is much worth it buying the usb surround sound adapter for it though, you will get much better sound quality. They can be bought for around $10-$50 depending on the quality of adapter that you want. If you are planning on spending $30-$50 on one it would probably be better to go with a surround sound card for that price. You would get better sound quality on a $30-$50 sound card than what you would get on a usb surround sound adapter at the same price.

Worth Trying Out

Everquest II: Shadow Odyssey PC Game
Everquest II: Shadow Odyssey PC Game

Pros: Very good game with good graphics, game play, and storyline. With the unique crafting system it will keep you busy for hours. The housing and guildhall system are unique and unmatched. With thousands of quests and things to do such as, decorating your house, guildhall, crafting, raiding, or questing you will always have something to do. I have played this game for over 5 years and I still love playing it. I have played several MMORPGS and i cannot find a MMORPG that has matched up to the game play of this one. The unique housing and guildhall systems allow you to build anything you can imagine, which is anything from fish tanks to staircases and more. It is definitely worth trying out.

Cons: Takes a great degree of skill and understanding of your class to be good at the game, which will take you a considerable amount of time. It is not much of a con though, that is what makes the came more challenging and fun. You will also need a pretty good system to run the game with no lag, but if you keep the graphics lower you should be fine.

Overall Review: Another plus of this game is that the gamers are of a more mature age. It is rare that you see players that are under 18 years of age in this game, Which will help make your gaming experience even more desirable. So if you want to find a game that requires skill to play and has a more mature population of players then this game is for you.