Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2014 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gigabyte, Z97X G1 Gaming GT, z97
Calling the GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GT Z97 motherboard trimmed down is a bit of an exaggeration, all that was removed was Bluetooth, WiFi and and Creative's Sound Core3D codec. It still features AMP-UP audio with swappable OP-AMPs, a E2200 KillerNIC, high quality caps, four PCIe 3.0 16x slots thanks to a PLEX chip as well as an impressive array of SATA and USB ports. At $270 it will cost you a somewhat less than choosing a new Haswell-E system and the performance in most cases will be very comparable, especially if you desire high quality audio. However not all was good once [H]ard|OCP started testing the board, while there were no insurmountable issues their overall experiences with setting up the board make this particular model difficult to recommend; read the reasons why in their full review.
"GIGABYTE’s G1 Gaming GT looks to be a stripped version of the Z97X Gaming G1 WiFi-BK. Like other offerings in the G1 family the G1 Gaming GT is a premium part representing the pinnacle of what GIGABYTE design and innovation can and should offer. We have high expectations for the G1 Gaming GT."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- ASUS Z97-Deluxe @ X-bit Labs
- Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- ASUS Rampage V Extreme @ HardwareHeaven
- MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- MSI Z97S SLI PLUS @ eTeknix
- MSI X99S Gaming 7 @ Kitguru
- ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- BIOSTAR A68N-5000 Motherboard Review @ Madshrimps
- MSI 970 Gaming @ Kitguru
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2014 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, plantronics, RIG Surround
It feels like a while since Plantronics released a new headset into the currently crowded marketplace but the 2014 version of the Plantronics RIG Surround has some interesting changes from the previous model. The RIG Surround mixer used to be a simple volume and balance control but has now been upgraded to what is essentially an external soundcard with extra functionality. It is best used with a cellphone as the mixer can give you better sound from your cellphone as well as enabling you apply EQ profiles and answer your phone with a single button push. When connected to a PC the lack of an analog passthrough means that the sound you hear will be dependant on the mixer and not the soundcard in the PC which can reduce the audio quality somewhat but you can bypass it and plug the RIG directly into your PC to enjoy the full capabilities of the headset. The microphone is removable for when you do not need it which also helps portability. Check out Legit Reviews opinion on the new version of the RIG right here.
"We are very excited to be taking an early look at the upcoming Plantronics RIG Surround. It’s not only because Plantronics has a stellar reputation, but because we’ve had great firsthand experiences with their other gaming headsets. The Plantronics RIG Surround primarily consists of two components – a headset and an external sound card called the RIG mixer that also allows gamers to attach their smartphone and use the setup like a home call center."
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- A Quick First Look at the New Corsair Gaming Product Line @ Legit Reviews
- Tt eSPORTS VERTO Gaming Headset Review @ NikKTech
- Mionix NASH 20 Stereo Gaming Headset Review @ NikKTech
- MP4Nation Brainwavz Delta In-ears @ techPowerUp
- Libratone Loop (AirPlay speaker) @ HardwareHeaven
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