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Jerome K.

Jerome K.

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Most Favorable Review

Rock Solid and Stable

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-32GXM

Pros: - Fast and stable. - Enabling XMP in BIOS clocks to 1600Mhz speed and adjusts timings accordingly. - If XMP is not an option (and your board is running this kit at 1333Mhz) entering the timings manually literally takes all of a minute. - Noticeable performance increase in several memory hungry applications. (If you're a video/graphics editor, you'll wish you'd ordered sooner!) - Room to overclock if this wasn't fast enough! - I hate leaving 'non-technical' pros, but this kit does look pretty cool. Not only in design but their choice of blue really pops off the motherboard.

Cons: - This is not a con of the memory, but if you're using Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows Vista Home Premium PAY ATTENTION HERE! Micrsoft has set a limitation of 16GB to the maximum available memory supported in these versions. While this kit will work, Windows will report 32GB installed with 16GB available. You have 2 choices here: 1. Buy a 16GB kit instead and save a little $$$ 2. Upgrade to the Professional or Ultimate versions. As of 03/2013 the Anytime Upgrade option for Home Premium to Professional for Windows 7 is ~$90. - Not all motherboards will run this memory at 1600Mhz out of the box. If you need assistance in manually setting the timings, check the the G.Skill forums.

Overall Review: I'll try and keep this review short and to the point. At the risk of sounding like a fan, which is not my intent, this is my 4th memory kit from G.Skill. 4 kits over 7 years with 0 problems. There are very few vendors who put out competitively priced memory that consistently receive high ratings from their customers. Look at the reviews for yourself. Not only do they respond to customers who are dissatisfied or having problems (And note they don't respond with the same generic "we're sorry... contact support" company standard copy/paste used by most other vendors.), but they also respond to the positive reviews as well. They take the time to communicate with each individual customer. The reason I say this is so you understand you really can't go wrong with this kit vs any others you may be considering right now and I'm very confident in that statement. With that said, 32GB might be a little more then I personally need today and perhaps a few of you as well. But it's nice to know a year or two or five from now that a memory upgrade won't be on my/your list of concerns.

Most Critical Review

Another Update after 10 1/2 Months of Use

Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset
Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming headset

Pros: Rather then re-paste both my original and updated review, if you sort by date, about half a dozen or so reviews down you'll find my name: J.J. and the review title: 10 Month Update to Original Review Please take the time to read that first and then read the follow up to it in the con section here.

Cons: 2 weeks after posting my 10 month update about the swivel breaking through the right can, the left one broke in the same fashion. Within 2 weeks of me posting that update, 3 additional reviewers out of 6 experienced the same exact problem. At the time I'm writing this review today there are 220 other reviews on this headset. I just did a (rather long) search through them all and more then 50 of them mention the headsets breaking and almost every one of them is in the same exact manner. I just checked out another on-line retailer's site (which I won't name, but you are all smart enough to figure out) and looked for reviews on this headset. Guess what? Almost 20-25% of the reviews mention them breaking IN THE SAME EXACT MANNER as others are experiencing here. We're talking almost 1 out of every 4 sold breaking within a few months. This is not a fluke; it is a design flaw and 100% unacceptable. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved this headset for the first few months but you ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT have that high of a breakage rate in this price range.

Overall Review: When I was first accepted into this Eggxpert review program I told myself to not only be honest, but to make sure I would follow up to my reviews if it was needed. This is most certainly a time when it's needed. There is a very high chance these will break on you regardless of how careful you are with them. I'll end on this: While I'm not here to support or recommend another brand/model, I am here to warn you that purchasing this headset is a risk. If you're still considering the purchase, just say this in your head before hitting "add to cart": 1 out of 4 break.

Great Inexpensive Mid-Range PSU

CORSAIR CX-M CX650M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR CX-M CX650M 650W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Pros: - 10 straight days of use and not a single issue so far. - Should easily handle any mid-range system builds with a mid-range GPU. - Cooling fan gets the job done and is almost completely silent. - Enough cables to get the job done. - Modular PSU's make cable management a breeze. - Put this system together for one of my kids after I upgraded. Handling an i5 and a GTX 1080 like a champ.

Cons: I only really have one complaint and it's not worth knocking an egg in my opinion. - Sata cables are right angled. This shouldn't be a problem unless you're using a case that has the drives mounted on the back in a position where it would make plugging them in difficult or impossible. In my case I had to move the SSD to accommodate for this as I physically could not get the plug in without risking breaking the power connector on the drive.

Overall Review: At this point in my PC building "career" I've gone through probably a dozen different PSU's and half of them have been Corsair. Thankfully to this day I've yet to a have a problem with any of them. The CX650M is a reliable, simple, budget friendly PSU. Given my track history with Corsair power supplies I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Great kit; Software is... ok

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN32GX4M2Z3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB RT 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) AMD Optimized Desktop Memory Model CMN32GX4M2Z3200C16

Pros: - Great looking RGB kit. Can do some cool things once software installed/configured. - 32GB and decently priced. While I feel that 16GB is the sweet spot for 'most' users, the price difference here makes it a good buy and for most users something they'll never need to upgrade until a new build. - Nice heatsink. Sturdy design and doesn't feel cheap like some other kits do. Memory ran cool and stable with the one exception I'll list in the cons.

Cons: - Over the course of a week I had this kit in my son's desktop. On 3 separate occasions, over a 5 day window, the desktop wouldn't POST and I had to keep resetting the memory to use the XMP profile so it would boot. After the 3rd time I moved the kit over to my other son's desktop and it's had no problems since. What I find odd is they're both MSI motherboards and similar models from a spec standpoint. Both support DDR4 3200 and had the XMP profile available. Put the original kit back in the first desktop (ironically enough a 2x8GB Corsair kit @ 3200) and it runs fine. As this could be an issue with this specific model motherboard I'm not knocking an egg, but something to keep in mind. - Corsair software is still as clunky as ever. However once things are setup you just kind of let it do it's thing.

Overall Review: Obviously if you don't have a clear panel on your case you'd be better suited to get a non-RGB/LED kit and save a few bucks. Bottom line is, it's a good kit. Worth the buy imo.

What's to be Said that Hasn't Already? Simply Amazing Card.

GIGABYTE Eagle GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N308TEAGLE-12GD
GIGABYTE Eagle GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12GB GDDR6X PCI Express 4.0 ATX Video Card GV-N308TEAGLE-12GD

Pros: I was finally lucky enough to get a hold of a 30 series card. By now all I can mostly do is tell you these cards live up to the hype you've already read about. - Performance. I came from a GTX 1080 OC to this card and it's a night and day difference. 2-2.5 times the fps in everything I can throw out at it, at 1440p, save a few horribly optimized/older games in which I'm still seeing a 20-30% fps increase. - DLSS/Ray Tracing. Amazing technology. The later of which has blown me away to see in person versus drooling over the lighting effects on a YouTube video. Playing Metro Exodus on the old card and then moving to this one (on the enhanced edition since the other one couldn't even run it) is just... an entirely new gaming experience. - Gigabyte's cooling solution. This card does an amazing job of pulling heat off the card. It runs silent and cool, even in the most demanding of titles.

Cons: I'm going to nitpick here, but none of these merit knocking an egg. - Gigabyte's Cooling Solution. Wait? Didn't you just say that as a pro? Yes. I did. And it dips into the cons because it does generate a lot of heat and that heat has to go somewhere. Somewhere is outside your case and let me tell you, you feel the temperature difference after 20 or 30 minutes of gaming. It could be 50 degrees outside and I will turn the AC on while gaming! - Size. I thought the 1080 I mentioned above was big. at the time it was certainly the largest card I've ever purchased; it looks like the "snack size" next to this thing. If there's one thing you can take away from this review. Measure your case first and see if it'll even fit. - Sytle. Again, aesthetics isn't really something I take into account for scores, but having a clear view into my PC with the CPU, memory, motherboard, etc lights. And then this... this brick with a LED slapped on it. Shouldn't be a deal breaker for anyone though when you're running games maxed out.

Overall Review: I can't speak to the leap from a 20 to 30 series, but if you're on the fence with 10 series or equivalent or lower, don't hesitate. I was hoping to get a standard 3080 but my luck did not match my want. Fast forward a few months and the Shuffle delivered. I have zero buyer's remorse. Bottom line is, these cards are beasts. They will chew up and spit out just about any modern game maxed out save for a few that really push the limits of current, and most likely future, hardware.

Awesome Speaker - Not Without a Flaw or Two

Rosewill IPX4 Water-Resistant Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker, Shock & Dust Protection, Bike Mount, FM Radio, Up to 30 Hours Playback, RW-SF5
Rosewill IPX4 Water-Resistant Portable Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker, Shock & Dust Protection, Bike Mount, FM Radio, Up to 30 Hours Playback, RW-SF5

Pros: - Battery life. We've used this for around 1-2 hours every night for the last 2 weeks off a full charge and I think we can still squeeze a night or two more. - Solid construction. I was expecting it to feel cheap given the price point it's at and was pleasantly surprised at the quality. - Sound at low to mid volume levels. I wanted to be very specific there. This is not a high end speaker. The sound is balanced up to around 50%. Past there the lows are severely lacking. On the plus side, the distortion is minimal at louder volumes so it somewhat makes up for that. - Fits perfectly into a water bottle holder for a bike. - Built in mic is a nice touch for making phone calls though you can't be more than a few feet away for it to pick you up loud enough.

Cons: - As pointed out above the lows are lacking at higher volumes. So if you're looking to buy a speaker that really "fills a room" then you may want to shop around for a step up. - Range can get spotty at times. 10 meters is what they claim... 'maybe' with a clear line of site with nothing nearby to interfere. Personally I found it reliable up to around 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters). Past there it would sporadically drop.

Overall Review: My family and I have gotten quite a bit of use out of this already. It's got a lot of features for a relatively low price without sacrificing on build quality. Factor in all the accessories they include with it and it's well worth getting. (Assuming of course you don't hate the color orange because it is as bright as it looks in the pictures!)