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=TS=MaadDaawg

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    Fast cars, fast women, fast computers ... not necessarily in that order :) OVER CLOCKING, GAMING
  • Build Type.
    BlaakHaart
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    980X
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    Rampage III Extreme Black Edition
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    2 x 5870 in XFire
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    12GB Corsair DomGTs 2000mhx
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    3 loop custom built
  1. Apologize if there are already other threads on this, but curious what the consensus is on this puppy? Just watched a new trailer and it looked much better than it did in the original trailer. More like FaryCry or FaryCry2 do you think? Peeps gonna be playing it online?
  2. Not stupid at all Mag :) I did try, but it got wedged and I almost made it worse :( There is only 1 switch in the middle of the space bar and then there are supports on each side. What happened is the support on the left side broke. I've found that moving my hand over a little I can still use the spacebar because my thumb hits more towards the middle :) Thankfully because I can't afford a new keyboard at the moment. Hope all is well wih you :)
  3. Valid point Cross, good to know someone who uses the service and vouches for it. Do they lease keyboards lol ?
  4. I did write them and ask wtf and what could be done, but I didn't mention the team... good Idea Jugds, I'll give it a try. Can't afford a new one so I had to shift my left hand over some so my thumb hits the center of the spacebar - works fine that way :P BTW... never heard back from them :thumbdown:
  5. MaadDaawg's Maad Review of ... THERMALTAKE Water2.0 Extreme CPU Cooler UPDATE Ok People, the Thermaltake Water2.0 EXTREME is now on the market, and the MaadDaawg got his Maad little hands on one to review. Rather than start from scratch, it only seemed natural to integrate it into Review of the Water2.0 Pro to maintain the reference points. As you will see, the Extreme version does not disappoint! So, there will be some repeat for those of you who read the first review on the Water2.0 Pro, but everything new for those who didn’t. First – what are the major differences between the EXTREME and the PRO? - The Extreme has a 120 x 2 sized radiator - Instead of push/pull PWM controlled fans, it has two fans controlled by a fan controller cleverly hidden inside the pump/water block assembly.5 - Only two fans are provided, despite the fact that the packaging indicates FOUR were accounted for in packaging design - The Fans are software controlled, with the controller attached via an internal USB 2 connector To me not an optimal design, but they fortunately give you sufficient black cable to route it out of the way and out of sight. The same test bed and parameters were used to test the Water2.0 Extreme . I’ve been water cooling for a long time, so I took to these new self contained water cooling units with a little skepticism. Yeah, they looked nice and easy to install and maintain, but come on… cooling an over clocked processor with less than a custom loop and high priced water block… nonsense! But then came the 1156 socket, and the matching CPUs that ran fast on ambient temps and the equation changed. Lately, I’ve been playing more with various high end air coolers than I have with custom water loops. A whole lot easier, and a whole lot cheaper. So, when the time came to review the Thermaltake Water20 cooling solutions I was really looking forward to see what it could do matched up against some of its high end siblings! Out of pure coincidence, I had recently completed a build using another manufacturers similar water cooling device, so some of those insights may also play a role in this review. TEST BED All tests were run on an ASUS MIVE P67 V3 MB with an i7 2600k processor, a 1200watt PSU, an AMD 5870 Video Card, 16GB of Samsung low profile 1600Mhz RAM, and a WD Raptor with Win 7 Professional 64bit installed. All this sits on a Banchetto 101 Bench table for easy disassembly. COOLING SOLUTIONS TESTED - Thermaltake Frio OCK - Thermaltake Frio Extreme - Themaltake Water2.0 Pro Thermaltake Water2.0 Extreme METHODOLOGY Each cooling solution was measured with the CPU at stock clocks of approx. 3.8Ghz, and overclocked to a modest 4.4Ghz. Speed Step remained enabled, which is why you don’t see more temp variations at idle. Core temperatures were monitored using Real Temp. The HOTTEST core temp was recorded, which means the results indicate the high spikes, of any given core, not a weighted average of the temps over the time of the tests. Each solution ran IDLE, SuperPi 1M to completion, SuperPi 32M to interation 8, 3DMVantage – CPU tests only, Prime95 for 10 minutes. RESULTS – STOCK CLOCKS 3.8Ghz………...................Idle......SPi 1M.....Spi 32M....3DMV......Prime96 FRIO OCK......................35C.......42C.......... 43C.........51C.........53C FRIO EXTREME...............34C.......43C.......... 44C.........51C.........52C WATER2.0 PRO…..………....35C.......41C.......... 44C ........50C.........52C WATER2.0 EXTREME…..….31C………39C………….. 39C…………45C…………46C RESULTS – OVER CLOCKED 4.4gHZ...................Idle......SPi 1M.....Spi 32M....3DMV.....Prime96 FRIO OCK................36C.......45C...........47C.... .....61C..........63C FRIO EXTREME.........35C.......45C...........46C....... ...60C.........62C WATER2.0 PRO ….....34C.......42C...........46C.........57C..... ....58C WATER2.0 EXTREME…33C…….42c……………..43C………..55C…………57C I’m thinking another 2 fans in push/pull would have resulted in better temps with the CPU over clocked since the variance between stock clocks and over clocked are so dramatically different… IMO of course. A question to address on another day perhaps. OBSERVATIONS If you’ve had the pleasure of installing any of Thermaltakes newer cooling solutions, you know that they are a breeze to mount to the 2011 socket. Moving down to a lower pin count socket does increase the complexity some, though not to the extent that even I could would not be able to figure it out. Of the three tested units, the FRIO OCK was the loudest (by far), although this may not be fair as I had the fan controller on high whereas the other two units I let the PWM control fan speed. BY FAR, the Water2.0 Pro and Extreme were the most quiet with the 2 PWM or software controlled fans and the whisper quiet pump. The FRIO Extreme ran somewhere in the middle on noise. Some of the highlights I think put the Water2.0 a notch above their competitors; 1 – rubber hoses instead of articulating metal hoses 2 – the inputs actually pivot, so placement of the unit and the radiator is much easier. 3 – The PWM fans, a truly nice touch (white fans work nice too). I’ve already listed above how the Water2.0 Pro and the Water2.0 Extreme different. All the comments below regarding the Water2.0 Pro packaging and installation are the same, except of course the fan connections on which I’ll comment later. Packaging was Spartan, but effective in containing and protecting the parts. Unpacking was rather easy and it really wasn’t until I started assembling the mount for the 1156 socket that I ran into any troubles. The book is helpful, but not clear cut outright put peg A into slot B type. Thank God I had a magnifying glass so I could read which holes were for the 1156 ISO the 775 or 1366 sockets. Once I got that sorted the installation went easily and smoothly. The unit installation once you get all the parts together is reminiscent of installing an old Swiftec GTZ, just screw down the 4 easy turn screws until they seat, then, you are done. I like the extra thickness of the radiator, and the entire unit goes together just right, feeling like a well engineered and put together system. Performance seems to bear this out as the unit clearly shines on the longer type computing you’ll run into every day. I also commend Thermaltake on their price point, as this unit easily performs as well as competitors units costing considerably more. What would I change? DON’T KNOW. Maybe an extra inch of tubing on each tube? Since I didn’t mount it into a case I don’t know if there would be any problem or not, though I guess there would not be with the unit being as well designed as it is. In conclusion, all four Thermaltake offerings do an outstanding job keeping your CPU cool at stock clocks. When the CPU is overclocked, however, the Water2.0 solutions are clearly the solutions of choice. I give Thermaltake a big TWO THUMBS UP on their cooling solutions, this Water in particular! Water 2.0 Extreme specific comments: As the tests pointed out, the Extreme version improves the cooling over the Water2.0 Pro version, so they get TWO THUMBS and a BIG TOE UP !! Pleasant looking with the white fans, and very quiet, in fact, I was not able to discern any difference in fan speed throughout the test. Personally, I think I like the PWM fans over the USB/Software controlled fans, but obviously the results indicate there may be a slight advantage to the new approach, though that could also be due to the larger radiator. If it were me, I would have sold this unit with 4 fans as I can’t help but think it could only improve on the performance. I’m sure it’s a matter of price point considerations, but I ALWAYS use push/pull on my rads, though I have been accused of overkill on one or more occasions. I imaging space considerations will drive most purchase decisions, but you can’t go wrong with either the Pro or the Extreme version of the Water2.0 cooling solution!! Great work once again Thermaltake! TWO FINAL THOUGHTS While it’s viscerally satisfying to see the monster HSFs sitting atop the motherboards, they do occupy a lot of space. The pics above highlight this dramatically. If you prefer the looks of a huge HSF looking at you through the window of your case, then either of these two would do you good, but, if you prefer a nice clean look… the H2Water shines. Second, when it comes to building and shipping gaming computers, shipping out a tower with a two pound massive HSF bolted to the motherboard scares the hell out of me! I have nightmares of UPS guys throwing the boxes around to see if anything makes a noise. With the H2Water that fear is completely GONE! The unit is lightweight, and more importantly, bolts to the MB and the case… no 100 lb gorillas waiting to wreak havoc on you build. I can tell you for sure, the Water2.0 Extreme will replace the HSF that I had on this board. Even on a bench table it’s easy to mount, quiet, and efficient. Enjoy Pic of extreme to be added prior to posting. __________________
  6. Just got this via email, looks interesting though I don't know the details. I would caution anyone to KNOW the details before entering into any lease agreement. First of it's kind as far as I know though, so thought you might like to check it out! http://us5.campaign-...d1&e=eb65838e2f Just went a little further, and they are 12 month leases, but you can upgrade at any time by signing a new lease and returning your previously leased card. the original lease ends when they receive the card back. If you keep the card the full year and want to buy it, you let them know and pay 1 month rent for the purchase. In the example of the EVGA GTX 680 FTW w 4GB a years lease and then a buyout would cost you roughly NINE NUNDRED DOLLARS for a card that retails around $600 bucks NOT A GOOD DEAL unless you want to try cards and constantly upgrade PERSONALLY, I would be concerned of them nailing you for some "problem" when the card was returned. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
  7. You know, I've looked at them and wondered how the hell would you use one of these??? I'm so used to a full keyboard I don't think I could adjust. I'm giving hard thought to the Corsair cause Amazon has it on sale for $89 w/ 4 bucks for next day. REALLY like that gigabyte but I don' t have that kind of money anymore. Going to have to sell off some mobos, chips, and vid cards so I can spend again :P I tend to agree that the corsair's should have macro capability, but I can't find it in any of their advertisements ???
  8. You left handed?
  9. I'm looking for a gaming one although I'm starting to think I can live with my Black Widow Ultimate a little longer. Like the looks of the new Gigabyte one but it's pricey too, and I'm not otherwise a big gigabyte fan. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823334013 I'm thinking I want Cherry MX RED switches whereas the Tt keyboards have Cherry Black, which take more pressure to actuate. Corsair has the Cherry Red but doesn't have any Macro capability, so I wouldn't be able to taunt Kanabanoid back in UT3 lol Even though I don't really need the backlight, I'd prefer blacklight which I don't think Tt offers :( Cherry Brown switches would be my next choice cause they're light touch too. Thinking I can live without the tactile feedback that the Cherry Blue and Blacks give you. Used to have a G15 and it worked great until it suddenly stopped working, and still thinking I'd prefer mechanical ... Gotta check out the link you left me Cross cause I didn't follow it last time. Game On Dudes and Dudettes lol PS.. what's a V7?
  10. Yeah Cross, I agree but with it selling for about $110 I think I'm gonna have to live with my limping Black Widow for awhile :P
  11. My Razer Black Widow Ultimate has gone south, the space bar no longer works on the left side, which is where gaming activity is essential. My buddy at Tt recommends the MEKA G1, but then, he is biased lol It uses the Cherry Black switches which require the most force if I recall correctly. I'm thinking I'd rather have Cherry Red? What Keyboard would you recommend, and why? Would really appreciate the input.. tks :)
  12. Up until a few days ago, I would have told you I really liked the feel and response of my Razer Black Widow Ultimate keyboard. that was before the space key went south and I was unable to jump without making sure my thumb hit the center of the space key. The left end is completely dead and limp. Since this key normally controls the jumping in in-game play, a broken extender that renders half of the space key dead is a huge liability. I have not yet disassembled the keyboard because if I broke it without a replacement on hand I'd be forced to go to Micro Center and pay not only retail, but, Illinois OUTRAGEOUS sales tax as well, The keyboard couldn't be more than a year old, but searching the Razer site there is no information as to Warranty period, or, RMA. They basically tell you that you are S out of luck. Needless to say, I will not buy, nor recommend, the $140 Razer Black Widow Ultimate as the lifetime is too short for the expense.
  13. Hey Jug, I tried Tribes and just couldn't get into it. Had to take it off my HDD cause I ran out of disk space :( Small but dedicated group playing on team deathmatch almost daily, including many appearances by our own Kanabanoid :thumbsup: Wish you would come around once in awhile. :)
  14. Hey Mag, I met my wife online :) way before FB, but still online :)
  15. voted :)