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This review is from: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 980Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X OC EDITION
Pros: Card seems to function normally. stays cool, throttles up to 3k + under load (monitored using MSI afterburner), Very slight performance improvement over my 3year old 660ti FTW (3gb RAM) card.
Cons: **\Really high picetag for subpar performance over its predecessors or lower end models.
a 960 is fine. If you have a 660ti or better currently you do not need to upgrade. Little to no performance gain. (could be a throttling issue or possibly reliant on new hardware [i.e. 3x PCI express, latest gen core I7 processor and motherboard, directX 12 etc.] but so far my research has not yielded any solutions online for anyone with the last gen hardware or older, only more reports of other people experiencing the same throttling or poor performance. Doesn't seem to be heat related.
Other Thoughts: Most likely going to return the card. But may keep to replace my old 560ti (which it is noticeably better than)
Final thoughts. Don't buy this card. Save your money and Get a 960 or 970 and only if it's a new build with all new hardware and latest gen cpu and motherboard.
This review is from: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Pros: This has great sound quality for it's size.
Tiny and very portable
tiny and very portable charging dock and plug
heavy high quality construction
Cons: - Very overpriced for it's output
- sound falls off rapidly as you distance yourself from the speaker.
- narrow cone of sound.
Other Thoughts: Here's the thing. If you're someone traveling with only a cell phone, tablet or laptop. This device is meant for you. If you're looking for compact computer speakers for your desk you'll be disappointed.
While this one little speaker puts out great sound for it's compact size any mid quality range 2 speaker computer system or a low end system with a sub woofer will out perform this speaker.
If you have this guy a foot away from you with the volume cranked it sounds pretty darn good. But as soon as you walk away from the speaker it becomes painfully obvious its still just 1 little speaker sitting there in front of you.
It has a narrow cone of sound so if you're 2 feet away it you only have to lean to the right to move outside the sound cone. If you are more than 6 feet away the speaker you notice the sound quality start to fade and it becomes obvious that it's a small little speaker trying it's hardest to pretend to be a bigger one lol.
While good for a traveller I have to say that there are cheaper portable blue tooth 2 speaker systems that out perform this speaker. Maybe not in fine sound detail or the base but certainly in "room filling" volume.
This review is from: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Pros: 1) Fan mount behind motherboard to cool underside of mobo - HIGHLY EFFECTIVE.
2) Sleek elegant lines
3) Tooless drive mounts
4) great cable management holes
5) Nice included fans (note you need to fish out the power cable for the front fan and plug it in for it to work)
6) Very inexpensive for what you get.
7) top mounted drive plugin for easy mass data transfer
8) sata 3 connectors
9) Excellent ventillation & good fan placement.
10) Very quiet for the 10 fans I have running in the thing. Surprisingly quiet really... I'm used to loud machines and this thing is eerily quiet and I have no idea why lol.
Cons: 1) not enough space between motherboard mounts and top of case for proper "push-pull" liquid cooling - I tried mounting my corsair h100 with 2 fans below and 2 fans above and I couldn't pull it off. Need about a centimeter more space above motherboard and it would have been perfect.
2) Needs to be a little wider to accommodate both side intake fans + a large CPU air cooler.
3) no grip points for grabbing or moving around the case.
Other Thoughts: So my basic impression of this case is very high. You get a lot for your money at a $50-$80 price point.
As stated above it has great ventilation and ergonomics for such an inexpensive straightforward case.
I am currently using this case for an Asus x79 Sabertooth mother board and a core i7 3920k processor with 32 gigs of ram (every slot full) and a GTX 660ti FTW graphics card.
The main gripe I have with this case is that it's a mid tower trying reeeeaaally hard to be a full sized tower but just falling slightly short.... literally. The end result of this is that there is juuuust not enough room to pull off everything you want to do.
Case and point: I WAS going to use a Corsair H100 liquid cooling rig for a CPU cooler but the case wouldn't fit the radiator + fans within the inside of the case. The bottom mounted fans were literally butting up against the heatsink/heat pipe behind the CPU of my motherboard, preventing it from lining up with the mounting holes. To get it to work I would have had to mount the radiator directly to the top underside of the case and mount the fans in a "pull" configuration on the top outside of the case which is not a very efficient way to cool the radiator. (and when I say top outside of the case there is a space underneath the top mesh for you to mount 2 more fans.)
So Unfortunately I nixed the H100 for a Coolermaster EVO 212 for $35.00. Then I ran into another space issue. The Coolermaster EVO is so tall that it literally took up all the space to the end of the sidewall of the case. The downside to this is that you can't have the top side intake fan + a large CPU air cooler.
Bottom line. This case is too large to be a mid tower and too small to be a full tower. I recommend that Coolermaster just bumps this model up to a smaller sized full tower and add a centimeter or two to accommodate Liquid cooling and Large air coolers a bit better.
With the EVO installed I am able to get 32 - 33 degrees for a stable idle temp. HOWEVER, once I installed the rear CPU fan (the little 80mm mounts on the side of the case behind your motherboard) My idle temp dropped to 27 Degrees Celcius... That's a HUGE idle temp drop for just adding an 80mm fan. So if nothing else I recommend this case for that fan mount behind the motherboard.
If I was going to make this case perfect I'd add a centimeter or 2 of height.
Add a multi-sd card reader to the top panel to be incorporated with the usb 3.0 plug
Add subtle handles so that there are grip points to lift up the case.
Add bowed out side panels similar to the Coolermaster Storm Scout so that there is better cable management and room for both side intake fans as well as a large CPU air cooler.