Ask B2G: Is the GIGABYTE OP-AMP Kit Worth it?

Ask B2G: Is the GIGABYTE OP-AMP Kit Worth it?

Time to re-ignite this little segment of our site where we share your questions to our readers. Today we have a question from reader IceVox: I know you guys have the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 and I know its got the replaceable OPAMP feature. I am just wondering is it really necessary to have such a feature? Can't just GIGABYTE put the best OPAMP in there which leads me to ask if the OPAMP kit is worth it. Thanks. There's really so much involved in this its hard to answer you straight. So let me answer your question one by one to hopefully share more insight to help you in your purchase decision (assuming you're interested since you asked about the value.) First off, there really is no "best OP-AMP" or operational amplifier. Op-amps usually offer distinct characteristics which make them suitable for certain types of listening experience that some might enjoy...

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Ask B2G: Does the MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2 Support Vishera?

Today's Ask B2G round comes from another anonymous reader asking us a pretty straight-forward question. Anon writes: Does the MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2 Support Vishera? Basing straightly off MSI's product support site, the quick answer is no. If you check the product page for the MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2 and head to CPU Support (http://us.msi.com/product/mb/990FXA-GD65V2.html#/?div=CPUSupport) you'll notice there is no Vishera CPUs listed. But on a personal note, you'll be glad to know we've had the chance to talk to some people who use the MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2 and are running Vishera CPUs and they have mentioned the V2s were released to support this precise line. We'll try and update this with a response from MSI or if any of our reader can vouch for the compatibility of said motherboard.

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Ask B2G: Will the Tt eSports Shock Spin HD work on the PS3?

If you got questions, don't be shy and just drop us a message over at our Facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/back2gaming. On to our question for today, we have reader anonymous asking us: Will the Tt eSports Shock Spin HD work on the PS3? We'll assume you're after the surround feature since you mentioned the Shock Spin HD and not the vanilla Shock Spin. The quick answer is a sad no. The Tt eSports Shock Spin HD relies on a USB controller that has a software application that the user configures to achieve varying degrees of surround audio. That said, this software needs to be installed. In regards with usage for the PS3 though, provided you have a long enough wire or you're close enough to the source (which is very, very close) you can use the analog mode of the Shock Spin HD and use it ala vanilla Shock Spin but...

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Ask B2G: Is the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Compatible with Windows 8?

Back for another round of Ask Back2Gaming, this time around reader Jerry asks another hardware-related questions: Is the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Compatible with Windows 8? Quick answer is yes. Most if not all boards made in the past year or so should be compatible with Windows 8. Specifically, the GIGABYTE GA-Z77x-UD5H-WB includes an automatic driver installation disk which should install the necessary drivers. Should you not have the disc available, you can download the latest drivers directly from GIGABYTE's support site from this link: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4167#dl Further reading: GIGABYTE Motherboard Ready for Windows 8 Press Release GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB Review We hope that helps!

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Ask Back2Gaming: Where Can I Buy an ASUS ThunderboltEX Card?

Time for another question and answer round for one of our readers but first if you guys are wondering where to send in your Ask Back2Gaming questions, you can reach us via our Facebook fanpage (PM or drop a message at our timeline) or hit the comments in any of our posts and we'll gladly get back to you with an answer. So going back, reader Gavin4Z Chua asks: Where to buy ASUS ThunderboltEX? To answer that question we reached out to our friendly-neighborhood ASUS rep. As it seems, Thunderbolt technology still hasn't really took off in our country and as such, demand for the card is very low. That said, the ASUS ThunderboltEX expansion card is currently under "order basis" status. It's worth noting that the ASUS ThunderboltEX card is built for select boards only and you'll need to have a compatible motherboard to use (ASUS Maximus V GENE, P8Z77-V line of...

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Ask Back2Gaming: Where is Western Digital’s Service Center in the PH?

One of our readers saw our previous Ask Back2Gaming post regarding RMA services for HDDs and must've realized he has ailing hard drives himself. Reader Zach Go sends us another service/RMA related question and it goes: Hi! Do you know where I can have my Western Digital (WD) products checked? I have some WD Blues and a MyBook I'd like to get some help with. TIA! - Zach Go If you're past shop warranty and is looking to have your Western Digital product repaired then you're in luck. Western Digital has just opened up a Service Center over in Makati. Perhaps not so good news if you're not in the Metro. Here is the link to the press release just in case you missed it here. If you can't be bothered to read that, here is the important bits and pieces: WD Service Center 2111 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Urban...

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Ask Back2Gaming: Where Can I RMA or Warranty my Samsung Hard Drive?

Ask Back2Gaming: Where Can I RMA or Warranty my Samsung Hard Drive?

We get another question from one of our readers this time around its a query from world-famous gamer, earth-lover and overall good guy Rephael Catap asking where he can send in his defective Samsung hard drive for warranty services. Saan ang distro ng Samsung dito sa Pinas? :) Papa RMA ko sana yung Spinpoint 2TB HD204UI ko :D Thanks! Answer: A bit of background information before we proceed, we'd just like to share that Seagate has wholly acquired Samsung's hard disk drive business around later 2011 and has since then managed customer care for existing Samsung customers. Going back to the question, you can send in your defective hard drive for servicing at Philippines UPS SCS (Philippines), Inc. located at Queensway Ave.,  Pascor Drive Ext.,  Parañaque City 1700. Philippines UPS SCS (Philippines), Inc. Inc.Queensway Ave., Pascor Drive Ext., Parañaque City 1700, Philippines View Larger Map For further reading, you can...

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Ask Back2Gaming: Where can I buy GIGABYTE Notebooks in the Philippines?

So one of our readers is interested in knowing where to get GIGABYTE Notebooks particularly the U2442 variants of Ultrabooks. Where To Buy In The Philippines? :D - Potato You have to forgive us if we don't reply promptly but we did answer your initial question. So going back to your query, reader Potato, we cannot really give you a rundown of stores that actually carry these products in their inventory. What we can do is direct you to the official distributor of GIGABYTE notebooks in the Philippines which is Jen1ne Distributors Inc. You can reach their office at 903-6185 loc 204. Please look for Ryan Trinidad regarding your question. Hope that helps! Pic related.

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