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Gamdias GHS-3500 Hephaestus V2 Stereo lighting Wired gaming Headset
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3 out of 5 eggs Decent pair of gaming headphones, with a few caveats... 11/25/2016

This review is from: Gamdias GHS-3500 Hephaestus V2 Stereo lighting Wired gaming Headset

Pros: .
- Decent price
- Nice red LED lights (powered by USB cable)
- Flexible microphone
- Decent bass response

Cons: .
- Highs and mids are a bit too muddy for my taste
- Occasional rattling sound

Other Thoughts: .
I got these headphones as a free pack-in with the HTC Vive I purchased. They aren't bad, but I'm not sure I'd spend $30 or $40 on a pair, as I feel better headphones for the price exist on the market. The USB plug also is used for powering the LED lights only. It doesn't double as headphones with its own DAC, so watch out for that if you require such a feature.

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Cooler Master GM Series G650M - Compact 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular PSU (6th Generation Skylake Compatible)
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5 out of 5 eggs Satisfies the power needs of a gaming PC... 11/20/2016

This review is from: Cooler Master GM Series G650M - Compact 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Modular PSU (6th Generation Skylake Compatible)

Pros: .
- 650W is plenty to drive a GeForce 1080 GTX and an overclocked Core i7 5775c with extra headroom to spare.
- The built in cooling fan is quiet during operation.

Cons: .
N/A

Other Thoughts: .
It's a decent power supply that I would recommend picking up if you can get an MIR or other discounts on. At MSRP however, you'd likely be better off getting a PSU from a brand like Seasonic, if nothing else since their stellar reputation precedes them and their products.

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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Despite being a few years old, it's still a great choice for a motherboard. 11/18/2016

This review is from: ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: .
- Extremely reliable and solid build quality, with Japanese capacitors.
- New stock now available as of this writing supports Intel Broadwell CPUs out of the box.
- A wide plethora of SATA ports and two M.2 slots, one of which is an "Ultra" PCIe 3.0 version.
- As of the latest BIOS version (2.70), NVMe is supported on compatible Ultra M.2 SSDs.
- Supports very high clock speeds on memory.
- CPU overclocking via the UEFI BIOS is a cinch, with no real manual tinkering required.
- Backup BIOS is available, via an onboard switch, in case you goof up your regular BIOS settings.

Cons: .
- Using the Ultra M.2 slot will rob PCIe lanes from the dGPU if used (see my Other Thoughts below for more detail).
- Seems to peg internal system fans at full speed all the time if you even slightly overclock the CPU.

Other Thoughts: .
Listen folks... the Z97 platform is far from dead. Now with Black Friday deals right around the corner, you'd be crazy not to still consider this platform for a build in late 2016 and beyond. Even now, I was able to snag this motherboard with a decent $30 mail in rebate from ASRock. I also managed to snag the legendary Intel Core i7-5775c processor at a rather good price online to pair with this motherboard. The built in overclocking tool has "turbo" profiles that offer a one click method for boosting your CPU beyond the regular specification of the chip, without having to tinker with voltage settings manually.

One word of warning. If you do intend to use an Ultra M.2 style SSD on this unit, like the Samsung 950 PRO, please note that 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes are required from the CPU. Since Broadwell and Haswell are only equipped with 16 lanes on the CPU, versus 20 for Skylake, 8 lanes will go poof, leaving you with 8 left for your dGPU. I suppose even though the M.2 drive only uses 4 lanes on its own, it can't leave 12 to the graphics card due to a limitation with PCIe. Most graphics cards will likely perform the same over 8x mode, but top end cards like the GeForce 1080, Titan X, Radeon 480, and others, could encounter a small, yet possibly noticeable bottleneck. If you wager this may be an issue, stick with SATA III or PCIe 2x M.2 SSDs instead. For a gaming box at least, you really can't tell the difference anyhow.

This motherboard works great with Windows 10 and Fedora Linux. Highly recommended!

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Display Name: Matthew N.

Date Joined: 11/15/12

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  • First Review: 03/26/13
  • Last Review: 11/25/16
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