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Haswell Has Come to Town

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Pros: On average, faster speeds; Adaptive voltage; z87 Chipset; AVX2

Cons: Voltages needed while overclocking wildy varies; Steeper OC learning curve; Adaptive Voltage; Hot

I'm going to put a summary here and put the in depth stuff in the link later on. Haswell IS on average, faster than Ivy or Sandy Bridge once you factor in the IPC improvements. I assume you're overclocking. The results vary a lot as the amount of voltage required at a clock varies a lot. It is truly a lottery more than ever with this one. Haswell can tolerate a bit higher temps than older chips but they run much hotter as a general rule. There is a problem with the CPU (the glue used inside) that may be fixed by a proper delidding. Also not that Linpack  is a stress test for Haswell using Avx2 instruction set, blowing up the temps way above even other stress tests.  ...
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In-Depth Review

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Pros: Great price, mechanical switches, decent backlights, 5 macro keys, good build quality, rubberized surface, wrist wrest optional

Cons: Requires DC cable for all features, macro keys only accept macros, Windows key not on by default

First off, don't pay $120 for this keyboard. You can find $100 if you actually bother to look around. That said, let's move on. This is the slightly more expensive cousin of the other Trigger keyboards from CM. This one has 5 macro keys on the left hand side. The macro-recording is somewhat confusing. The windows key is also not functional by default. What's good about this keyboard? It's quite heavy and seems to have good build quality. The lighting is nice, with 5 brightness settings, and 3 lighting settings (on, breathing (slow pulsing), only WASD... OFF isn't a lighting mode!). The two highest brightness settings can only be acheived by plugging in a seperate, not included 6V DC...
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Different Strokes for Different Folks

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Pros: Good Warranty, Unique

Cons: Pricey, Pricey, Pricey

The other guy already posted a long review, but I'd like to pitch in my opinion. The Das Keyboard is simply a mechanical blue switch keyboard. There're not features that separate it from other keyboards except from the lack of labeling. In my opinion, lack of labels does not justify a higher price; it justifies a lower price. If you want to type faster, quit looking at the keyboard yourself. You don't need a keyboard without labels to do that for you. There is no back-light option unlike the Ducky II. There are no macro keys. Hitting keys such as "end" or "home", which I rarely use, become a problem. The warranty is good. There is a 30 day money back, and a 1 year warranty on these. Note...
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Back to Basics

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Pros: Straightforward, Cheap

Cons: Subpar Drivers, LED Issues

I do like the blue LED lights that lights up when this thing is on. Some people report the LED being on with the computer off, but I do not get this problem. I have tried plugging this thing in to PS/2 port, but it doesn't work. Keep this in mind when you purchase. Also, the drivers are subpar. The Synapse fails to detect my mouse no matter what, and the Abyssus adjustment software isn't real-time. Settings don't take place until you press 'apply', which actually confused me and annoyed me because all other adjustments I've used on other mice are instantaneous. This mouse is OK for left handed and right handed people, unlike the Deathadder. The cord is OK. Seems cheap, a little short for...
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Long Review of Catleap + Video

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Pros: VERY Cheap, Quality is very good

Cons: Marginally higher chance of failure

The monitor can be bought from Ebay for $300. At that price, a 27 inch IPS display at 2560 x 1440 resolution is unheard of until now. The Shimian variety has a higher chance of failure and the Crossovers have a better stand but cost more. (For those that want height adjustable stand, Crossover is the way to go because it is only $35 more expensive and nets better build quality.) At any rate, while there is a higher chance of failure (~87.7% of monitors received are good) versus the best brands, the slightly bumped up chance doesn't warrant buying another monitor. I highly recommend it. Shimians are at about ~81-82%, and Crossovers are ~88-89%. The top selling monitor on Newegg has...
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