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3 out of 5 eggs Great build quality and designed to be upgraded 01/13/2017

This review is from: ASUS ROG G752VM-RB71 17.3" Overclocked Gaming Laptop, GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, Core i7-6700HQ, 16GB OC DDR4,1TB HDD

Pros: This is not your typical flimsy laptop. Asus did a great job here and without making it look too "gamey". Temps on the CPU have seen a max of 91c and the GPU max at 74c. While that's fairly normal for laptops with these specs, this particular unit does this without being obnoxiously loud. I can record with a mic (Yeti PRO) right in front of the laptop under heaving gaming load (BF1) and never hear the fans. Unlike the MSI solutions, you can replace or add components such as hard drives and RAM without voiding the warranty.

The factory OC on the IPS display is 75hz and it overclocks to 100hz effortlessly and passes the frame-skipping test 100% G-Sync works with this too.

Cons: HDD as a primary in 2017 is unacceptable. Ultimately "forcing" you to buy a M.2 or replace the HDD with a SSD. If you decide to do this the cloning process of the OS is time consuming and not always a trouble-free experience.

Other Thoughts: Asus clearly built this with build quality at their top priority. Leaving the only hard drive solution a 1tb 7200 rpm unit. Plus the RAM is a single channel 16gb 2400 cas 17 stick. Dual channel in CPU intensive tasks is very beneficial, further encouraging you to spend another $100 on another stick. If you want the exact matching stick expect to spend $150!

As it is it's definitely not worth its current asking price of $1600, or the $1400 at MC. Then factor in any extras to make it perform like others at a much lower starting price and you might as well order from Origin PC.

If this was $1200 all day I'd happily give is 4 eggs and if it came with a m.2 ssd for the OS and priced at $1300 it would be a 5 egg laptop.

I am currently using this laptop with an installed 960 EVO m.2 and a 480 gb intel 535 series SSD. I could have got much more for less or better yet, much more for a little more.

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Pros: Aesthetically looks great. Sapphire TRIXX software is at an all-time polish. I like the 8 pin plug location too.

Cons: Fan furthest from the IO dies in less than a week. Temps prior are HOT well into the 80's and that's with an ASIC of 80%+. After a hefty under-volt (-100mv) I managed to keeps temps at 70c without the card sounding absurdly loud.

Build quality looks great but once it's in your hands, it feels cheap. It's super light, its backplate is plastic and for a card this light, it shouldn't sag when mounted. I have paid less for better build quality more times than not.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend this particular RX 480. The ASUS Strix and the XFX AIB cards have the best PCB with the Strix having the edge in temps. The Strix is very well built and has little to no flex once installed. That's impressive considering it's much larger and heavier. As it stands if this particular Sapphire RX 480 was a $199 card and its fans lasted, I'd say go for it. Some customers are all about performance and couldn't care less how it looks and feels. If that's the case than you have very little reason to buy this particular RX 480 then. In my opinion It's built too cheap to last.

Sapphire is a great AIB manufacture. They just chose to make their Polaris cards on the cost cutting side. I have two other cards currently from Sapphire which are far better built. The Fury and a 380x 4gb. Both are far sturdier in overall build quality and have withstood hundreds of abusive hours.

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Xornet II Optical Precision Gaming Mouse with Full RGB Lighting, Customizable Buttons and Optimized for Claw Grip Users By Cooler Master
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Pros: Great optical sensor (Avago 3320), light weight without feeling Razer cheap, good DPI on the fly location without accidental button presses, and aesthetically nice without looking too gamey.

The Xornet II also has software that allows for firmware updates. Within this software you can change the color of the mouse wheel dependent on the DPI used, you can change the button latency as well as the specific DPI associated with the 3 on-the-fly profiles.

Cons: You must plug the mouse into a USB 2.0 port in order for the software to function properly. Especially when performing a firmware update! If you use a USB 3.0 port and perform a firmware update here's what happens. Your mouse-wheel will blink red and the wheel itself will be useless. The software will also ask you to plug in the mouse every time you load said software. Simply unplugging and plugging the mouse back into USB 3.0 port or any other port for that matter will not fix the software asking you to plug the mouse in.

Do not worry, you did not brick your mouse. Just plug the mouse into a USB 2.0 port, reboot and load the software again. Continue with the firmware update and everything from here on out will work as intended.

Other Thoughts: Mice are subjective so whichever one works for you, works for you. I have large hands and can palm a basketball (barely). With that said you'd think this mouse would be too small, but for me it's perfect. I've been PC gaming for a very long time and my recent experience over the last 5 years are these few notable mice... Deathadder of several variations, Xornet original, Logitech G303 (great mouse) and the M65 PRO (too heavy and clunky).

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Date Joined: 02/03/05

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