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Saitek Vibration Headset
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Good cheap headset 06/11/2009

This review is from: Saitek Vibration Headset

Pros: Very loud at max volume, vibration feature is cool at lower volumes, good sound quality with range of 20Hz-20000Hz at over 109db signal-to-noise ratio, looks great, comes with a microphone, very sturdy design.

Cons: It is actually too loud at max volume (it will make your ears explode at max, or even at 80% volume), vibration feature interferes with sound in 2 ways: 1. At lower levels it is not an interference, but at mid-level, you will notice a small humming of the vibration motors (only a minor annoyance and becomes unnoticeable as time passes by). 2. At loud levels vibration is unusable, since motors rev up to max and are louder than what is playing. Also, a small con of a design flaw - because of large size of headphones, my ears begin to sweat after just 10min of wear and become uncomfortable. Sweating ears breed bacteria - so use at own risk. This is a design flaw with all large headphones, even Sennheiser will have this problem!

Other Thoughts: Overall, I like it and for $18 it a great headset. It's not better than Sennheiser, but is much cheaper and still good. If you are a DJ or a music buff, skip this one, as it's not going to impress a picky person, but it does impress me. Vibration is actually really cool: it can draw power through a USB port, or 2 AAA batteries on the go (audio connection is still cabled), it can be turned off if you don't want it, and can adjust amount of vibration at will. Integrated volume control is also awesome (from super quiet to super loud). With vibration on, it feels like there is more bass in sound. Vibration control is also quite intelligent, reacting only to low-frequency sounds, not anything else, thus giving more of a bass effect. Ohh, cable is also extremely long.

MSI GeForce GTS 250 N250GTS-2D512-OC 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Factory overclocked, fairly fast, quiet under desktop, great memory chips rated for 1200MHz (2400MHz operation).

Cons: Fan spins up under gaming or any GPU load, This particular card is the old 65nm part, not the new 55nm (I thought every GTS 250 was 55nm, guess not), aluminum heat sink is not efficient at dissipating heat (gets to 80C under gaming).

Other Thoughts: This card is a mix of good and bad. The Good: Memory is Hynix H5RS5223CFR N2C, so it is rated for 1200MHz (2400MHz effective) operation. The bad: fan sink is aluminum (with some copper in the middle, but no heatpipe and card gets very hot during gaming, even though fan is spinning at 70% or so), under FurMark burn in, I could smell something burning after one minute, so I shut it off. It functions fine, but was scary, as temp was climbing and I have no idea what max temp is for this GPU. Stock nVidia heatsink is actually better than this one. Again, this is the 65nm part, as was indicated by GPU-Z. So, don't expect high overclocks on this one.

MSI Radeon HD 4890 DirectX 10.1 R4890-T2D1G OC 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - OC Edition
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Overclocked out of the box, plenty of accessories with adapters for every need, Crossfire bridge is included, Performs fantastic - very fast, relatively cool, fan can be controlled under ATI Catalyst software.

Cons: Not much further room to overclock, fan can be loud during gameplay and heatsink is not very efficient even with fan at 100% (reached 77C under FurMark).

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these and all of them showed the same overclocking results: 925MHz on Core and 1125MHz (4500MHz effective) on GDDR5. Anything higher produced corruption. Such a minor overclock didn't improve my frame rates in Crysis or Far Cry 2 and I have an overclocked AMD Phenom II 940. At default settings it runs at 77C max (fan on auto), during Crysis, and this is in a warm room. Not bad! Overall, great card for the price! Taking off a point for low overclocking potential, but at stock, it is fantastic! Plays Crysis on highest without a hitch!


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Display Name: Dmitri A.

Date Joined: 09/24/08

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  • Last Review: 06/11/09
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