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    Thread: MegaThread of Product Reviews, and Purchase Advice

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      MegaThread of Product Reviews, and Purchase Advice

      Thought I might open this thread to help anyone interested in upgrading/buying new components and peripherals. It's pretty important to me that while there are a ton of review sites, most of them are paid, and almost all don't properly analyse the value of a product vs it's price. Or use the product long term enough to evaluate its flaws properly.

      Everyone is welcome to share their opinions, and advice. And don't feel afraid to pick through your stuff comprehensively. But If you do so, a simplified version would be advisable.

      And also, please no biased opinions based on brand in reviews. I don't want inflated or depressed opinions influenced just by the brand. It's not so important to say this product is unreliable because it's made by X, but rather its unreliable due to whatever flaw in design. It is alright to suggest brands or steer away others from certain brands if it's purchase advice, and you have had negative experiences with that brand.

      (TLDR: Unbiased product reviews and advice. You can give purchase advice against a product/brand if it had flaws for you.)
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      Headphones: Audio Technica ATH AD-700: (Initial Impressions, can not really comment on sound as they have not burned in, and I'm not used to them.)

      Packaging: I wont talk about packaging much, as the actual packaging (unless done so badly that it provides no protection to the product) Is not that important other than the initial "Ooh those look nice" factor. The packaging is simple, a large white box with a velcro sealed door, that opens to display the headphones, a leaflet, and a 1/4 inch screw-on adapter. Which are all wrapped around a simple display stand. Really nothing impressive but it does the job. And considering these are fairly budget headphones this may be a good thing. As more money can go toward the product.

      First Impressions/Appearance: Taking the headphones out, they are visually pretty distinctive. With two headbands split down the middle, and large purple honeycombed mesh earcups. All of the hinges, supports, and the earcup trim is plastic. And almost all plastic on these headphones is a champagne gold colour. The earpads themselves are thick, are velour/fuzzy, and are huge. At least 10cm across. While the peculiar double head band is covered in a mesh material, (Not sure why the manufacturers did this rather than keeping all pads covered in velour. Maybe the headband needed to be softer than the earcups as more pressure is put on them?) The double headband looks like the only way to adjust the fit. The headphone cord also looks quite thick

      Build Quality: In pictures I thought the headphones looked cheap. But in reality the metal earcups are solid, and the champagne gold plastic headbands and supports are thick, and look, and feel durable. The earpads and headpads themselves look well padded, and thick. When you stretch the headphones apart to put on your head they react very well, they feel springy, and don't seem to creak under normal pressure. The overarching rubber coated supports are flexible, which Is good, considering they carry the cable from one ear cup to the other so that both receive the signal, (This means that only one headphone cable is needed, rather than each driver needing a cable on each cup.) and a weak support for this design could mean an accident waiting to happen. The cable itself is rather thick, but flexible, and seems to be high quality, with a durable metal coated head.

      Comfort/Adjustability: This is definitely a strong point for these headphones. Despite being over ear headphones, with huge ear cups, they are deceptively light. Which definitely helps long term comfort. The head pads are very soft mesh covered foam, and the ear cups are well padded, and covered in soft velour. In my opinion these earpads fit quite weirdly. When I think of over ear headphones, I think that the ear should go inside the earpad, through the hole. But instead, these pads are so big that they simply rest on top of the sides of your head. Because these don't trap your ears inside they don't get quite as hot, but it's going to take a while to adjust to this type of earpad for me. (Velour may be itchy for some who prefer leather style earcups, I personally find the latter dig in more, and provide less support and breathability.)

      Getting on to raw adjustability, the earcups simply swivel, and they do not fold upward like alot of portable headphones, and given their size, Portability is almost a non-option. They take up a huge amount of space, that would be very inconvenient for travel purposes. The fact that the ear cups only swivel doesn't seem like alot of adjustability, and seems inconsiderate to other head shapes, and sizes. However, the headbands do all this for you. They swing up to allow for bigger heads, and spring down for smaller ones. Meaning that you can just put them on, and need no adjustment, which I find pretty nice, but a bit limiting. For example: They seem to accommodate medium/large head sizes better, as the headband doesn't lower very far. And this could potentially break a purchase for someone with a small enough head.

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      Thinking of upgrading from a single 7870 too an 770, would this show a lot of improvement or just a small amount?

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      770 is shit, stick with AMD

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      XiSTNZ, chef of SoV. AMD cards get hot enough to make bacon on them.
      (inb4 Buff comes here, yeah. My mac has an nvidia card)

      I'd say go for the 770, but if the 7870 is fine, just use it until it becomes way too old.

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      The 770 is a substantial upgrade, but not as much as another 7870, and much more expensive (Not worth the money for the performance boost over the 7870 imo). I would either wait for the next generation of gpu's, or get another 7870 provided your mobo can handle it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by habergowd View Post
      xistnz, chef of sov. Amd cards get hot enough to make bacon on them.
      (inb4 buff comes here, yeah. My mac has an nvidia card)

      i'd say go for the 770, but if the 7870 is fine, just use it until it becomes way too old.

      how dare you use the "m" word
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      Sitting on a train for 2 hours so why not.

      Mouse: Razer Deathadder 3.5G
      (Pre-2013 edition)

      First impressions:
      - replaceable feet (woo!)
      - comfortable palm grip mouse, not great if you've got the claw
      - long ass cord!
      - all buttons customisable as standard (5 in total)
      - comes in left or right handed grips
      - all the polling and dpi customisation one needs, however it is stepped e.g 700, 800, 900
      For some reason it hates USB 3.0 (maybe fixed in new mouse?)

      After some use:
      -Razer synapse, which is razer's cloud configuration software is stupid and they should feel bad but once youve got everything is configured dpi etc all is well.
      - i mentioned replaceable feet, had this baby for over 2 years on its original feet and it still tracks great
      - stupid 3.5 g sticker around the IR laser comes lose after a while, peel it off, scrub the glue off and it's all good
      -rear side button lost its spring after a few months and is unusable, i now have only 4 working buttons. As i only need 4 I'm good but if you love the hotkeys, something to think about.

      Compared to the Razer Mamba (its big brother)
      - Deathadder is lighter
      - Mamba has a higher arch, so its a slightly different shape, making it (imo) less comfortable and the buttons are more awkward
      - Deathadder $40 - $80
      - Mamba ~$160 (from memory)
      - Mamba has colour customisation for the mouse wheel and razer symbol (yay?)

      Is it worth buying (or the latest iteration which is largely unchanged):
      Fuck yeah! If you want to spend less than $100 on a mouse I don't of a better alternative from my experience and I would definitely prefer it over some mice exceeding $100.

      If you want tech details check their website but this is a customer's review of the Deathadder

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      Quote Originally Posted by FeralFoxTrot View Post
      The 770 is a substantial upgrade, but not as much as another 7870, and much more expensive (Not worth the money for the performance boost over the 7870 imo). I would either wait for the next generation of gpu's, or get another 7870 provided your mobo can handle it.
      Buying a 2nd card to supplement an aging card for a single monitor at 1920x1080 is not worth the investment. Either find the best single card replacement now for the right price. Or wait till you are forced to upgrade.

      I can only comment on nvidia cards (loving my current 680). But please don't waste your money on the sli/crossfire gimmick if you game on a single. If you actually have games running on high res monitors or multiple monitors then sli/crossfire is something you might consider.

      Im not a specialist on this subject but from looking at benchmarking you can see the minimal improvement between single and dual cards for 1920x1080

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      Quote Originally Posted by Reaver View Post
      ...not great if you've got the claw
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      ...you've got the claw
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      ...the claw

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