Creative Rage Tactic 3D

Creative SoundBlaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless Gaming Headset Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Setup and Testing Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark
  6. ATTO Benchmark
  7. AIDA64 Average Access Test
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. TRIM Test
  10. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  11. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  12. Futuremark Benchmark
  13. Anvil Benchmark
  14. Conclusion
  15. Specification and Product Images
  16. Installation and Impressions
  17. Sound Quality
  18. Conclusion


I have this Seagate 600 240GB SSD drive for review, and this should be interesting to see how it stands when it comes to performance, especially coming from a company that makes mechanical and hybrid storage drives for a living.

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I’ve received this drive in an OEM pack, just like any other 2.5/3.5” mechanical drive. No carton box, no SSD mounting plate for 3.5” bay.

Within the 600 series, there are 2 versions: 000 denoting 7mm Z-axis height and 001 denoting 5mm Z-axis.

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The drive allows upto 223GB of usable storage space.Seagate_600_240GB_BC_PROP

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The casing is metal. The top part is black with Seagate’ logo and labelling, the base is plain metal. However, unlike other drives which either is secured with a security Torx or a Phillips head screws, the drive’s plate is secure by clips. The only way to remove it is to pry it open, carefully.

All the NANDs and controllers are on one side of the PCB. The controller has a thermal pad, but is also aided with a heatsink on the casing positioned to make contact.

The drive uses Toshiba THS8TEG8DDJBA8C 8X 32GB NAND and 2x 128MB Micron D9LHP DDR2 chips for buffering, followed by Link-A-Media LM87800 controller.

The drive comes with B660 firmware, and there’s no firmware update from Seagate for this drive at the time of writing. Its an unused drive, so I ran endurance testing long enough. The issue however is that Seagate’s 600 Series’ Health Status is not being read out, at the very least not on my setup.

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It gives me great pleasure to say that I get hardware support from the manufacturers to review not only their own products, but others on behalf of the readers. Its some companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, Western Digital and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached, and that help me to help you! Thumbs up to these guys!

I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for:Seagate 600 Series 240GB SSD
Motherboard+ ProcessorGigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
MemoryKingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS driveWD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/WD 320GB BLUE 320AAJS
Power SupplyCorsair TX750
ChassisOpen test bench

The Benchmarks and tests that I am using are as follows:

  • AS SSD (Pass 3) Read and Write (Pass 3)
  • ATTO (Pass 3) Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3
  • Aida64 Access Test Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3
  • Boot Load Test (Windows 7 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers, Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)
  • TRIM Tests: Tested by comparing PCMark Vantage HDD scores with SSDs with Clean, 50% Fill, 75% Fill, idle for 1 hour for TRIM testing.
  • CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size
  • HDtune Pro Benchmark Sequential Write and Read Pass 3
  • PCMark 7 HDD test
  • PCMark Vantage HDD Test
  • Anvil Benchmark: 4/16/32GB File Size in both 0% and 100% Fill test
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This synthetic test in gives a good idea about Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive. It uses Compressed Data (like CrystalDisk Mark).

Seagate_600_240GB_BC_as ssd

The drive is insane when it comes to 4K 64bit thread synthetic test, even with comparison with most of the well known SSDs.

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When it comes to sequential read, the drive performs head-to-head against many SSDs reviewed not-to-long ago, such as SanDisk Extreme II 240GB, Samsung 840 Pro and the non pro drive.

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Seagate_600_240GB_BC_aidawriteSeagate_600_240GB_graph_AIDAWRITE

The drive has a decent enough Write access speed in average for an SSD.

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Seagate_600_240GB_graph_AIDAREAD

Its not the lowest when it comes toaverage read access, but it does manage to stay below SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB.

and the non pro drive.

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Seagate_600_240GB_graph_boot

Throughout all the pass tests, the drive boots at 16 seconds.

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Seagate_600_240GB_BC_TRIMCHECK

The drive’s TRIM works the way it should, but how well does it perform with different fill size?

Seagate_600_240GB_graph_TRIMThe drive retains its performance even after series of data fill on the drive, in comparison with secure erase state.

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Seagate_600_240GB_graph_CDM WRITE

Seagate_600_240GB_graph_CDM READ

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Seagate_600_240GB_BC_HDTWRITER

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Seagate_600_240GB_BC_HDTUNEREAD

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0 Fill

46% Fill

67% Fill

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The drive comes with a 3 year warranty period, viz. pretty standard for a “non pro” SSDs.

India (MRP)
U.S.U.K.
Rs. 17,500/-$149.98£141.58

Introduction”] Creative have been synonymous with audio gaming for a long time with their Soundblaster sound cards and now even gaming headsets. The headphone on review is the SoundBlaster Tactic3D Rage USB wireless headset. While there are a bevy of gaming headphones available in the market from brands like Coolermaster, Corsair, ASUS and even Creative, few of these are wireless gaming headsets. The USP of this headset is that it is USB based and so does not require an additional sound card to perform at its best. This ensures you get to hear the headset at its best regardless of where you use it.

Another new feature Creative has given to this headset is its pulsating earcup lights. These lights in additional to being cool (they change colours!!!!) they can also be customized and programmed via the bundled software. The bundled software is also different from the software they bundle with their sound cards. For one the enhancements are more subtle which in my opinion makes them much more usable rather than having a setting which alters the sound to a large extent and completely change the character of the audio. However having cool flashing lights and wireless functionality are all meaningless unless the headset sounds good. Wireless headsets (being battery operated) are generally constrained in performance since they have to offer appreciable battery life as well as good quality sound.

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Feature

Description

Headphone

Driver Units:

50mm Neodymium magnet

Frequency Response:

20Hz ~ 20kHz

Impedance:

32ohms

Sensitivity:

102dB/mW

Microphone

Microphone Type:

Noise-cancelling condenser

Frequency Response:

100Hz ~ 6.5kHz

Impedance:

<2.2kohms

Sensitivity:

-40dBV/Pa

Interface

USB Transmitter

USB 1.1 or 2.0 port

Wireless Technology

Uncompressed 2.4GHz ISM band

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Since this a USB headset with a built in sound card there is a bit of installation required for using the headset. The bundled USB connecter must be connected to a free USB port, and it gets auto detected on Windows 7. You then need to install the bundled drivers, and you are almost set to start listening. Next up you need to switch on the headphones, and the lights will start up. I generally disable the lights to improve battery life though in reality the difference in battery life is negligible. After the headphone is paired with the USB dock the connection is live, and you are good to go. Once the battery is down you need to charge the battery of the headphone. To do that you need to use the bundled micro USB cable (thankfully no propriety cable) to connect to the PC. While charging you can also use the headphone normally like a wired phone (you still need the USB dock to be also connected as that is a sound card).

Battery life is rated around 16 hours and from experience I generally get that much battery life. For many however, 16 hours is not enough. Another issue is that the headphone doesn’t automatically turn off once your PC is powered down, so you might inadvertently leave it on overnight. That said charging the headphone is a simple procedure and the cable used isn’t propriety so honestly its not a big deal.

Comfort was pretty good as the headphones did not have a strong clamping power and the headphones themselves were pretty lightweight.

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Sound quality straight out of the bat was good albeit a little on the thinner side. Bass was adequate, mids were decent and treble was capable. So all in all nothing really stood out nor were there any major drawbacks. Bass was tight but lacked weight or depth which made bass heavy scenes in movies and games rather tame. For listening to music it was pretty good as other than electronic music the headphones did justice to almost anything else I played. Mid range was also very decent though a touch recessed. Still no harshness or issues to detract from the mid range.

The bundled software came with a ‘Dialog Enhancer’ which surprisingly worked well. Treble was also clear, crisp and lacking in sibilance or harshness. However overall detailing was average, and the higher frequencies wasn’t very extended. Since it was a closed headphone, the soundstage was also average but imaging was very good and above average. Playing games, movies or music was a reasonably satisfying affair with these headphones. Good but not outstanding sound sums up this headphone.

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The build quality is average, but you do get a lot of features like wireless connectivity (don’t ask me how many times my chair has smashed my headphones wire !), you get a built in sound card (because everyone knows how much onboard sound sucks) and you get those cool LED lights (come on! so what if they don’t serve any other purpose but to increase the coolness quotient of the headphone ? :P).

Sound quality wise they are decent and have no real flaws. Comfort wise they are also pretty good. The price of this headset is around $80 on Amazon US which makes it a good buy for anyone looking out for a wireless headphone. However, the Indian pricing is very high in comparison and the headset retails at Rs 9,800 INR on Flipkart which is a pretty hefty premium over the US price of $80 (roughly Rs. 5,050 at the time of writing). If the price was around Rs. 6,000 INR this would have been a very decent headset to buy as Coolermaster and other USB powered headsets sell for around this price point and offer similar to slightly better sound but lack the wireless feature.

However, for Rs. 9,800/- INR the price is rather too high as even headphones priced at Rs. 3,500/- sound as good or better (though lacking built in sound cards and wireless features). So unless the price in India reduces I can’t really recommend this card to anyone unless they really require a wireless headphone.

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India (Online)
U.S.U.K.
Rs. 10,475$48.99£69.96

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