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This review is from: Logitech G710 PLUS USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard- Cherry MX Brown
Pros: This is a very solid board. It is heavy and sturdy, doesn't slide around on my desk like cheaper lighter keyboards do. The MX Browns feel very nice to me and it's not -too- loud, then again loudness is a subjective matter.
The media keys and slider are very nice, the G keys are handy and can be programmed to make up for some of the missing media keys (search, email, etc) if you need them.
Got a mechanical board because I was tired of wearing out keyboards in under a year due to extensive use, I am a programmer by trade and use the computer a lot. This one seems very solid and should last a long time.
I love this board overall and it would get a solid 5 stars if not for the backlight problems mentioned below.
Cons: The backlight problems with this board -are- real as many other reviewers have said. Was hoping I would get lucky with mine and had my WASD + Arrow cluster fail within 15 minutes of plugging it in lol.
They came back on briefly about 20 minutes later then died again for a week, then came back on seemingly for good.. just as as the 0 - page up keys went out lol. I was already in the RMA process at this point however.
Got Logitech to do an advance RMA that didn't cost me anything. The replacement has been fine for a week now. *knocks on wood*
Aside from the lights not working, the lighting is not 100% even across the board, I'ts not a huge con but would approve the looks of the board. It's pretty even but not all of the text on some larger keys is lit and such.
I am not sure this could be 100% solved without including 2 LED's per key, one on top and one on bottom as the central part support of the key blocks the light from reaching the lower areas.
Other Thoughts: The keyboard -does not- require both USB cables.
The one with the Logitech logo on it is for the keyboard and lights the 2nd is simply a USB pass through cable. I have mine unplugged and it works fine.
Pros: Have purchased 3 sets of this stuff now for two different builds.
This stuff runs fast and stays cool, the heat spreaders are surprisingly effective and look good as well.
Memtest 86 reports a raw transfer speed of over 18 gigs/sec under XMP 1 (the memories rated speed), more than fast enough for my needs.
Corsair always makes good quality stuff.
Other Thoughts: Make sure to set XMP 1 on your motherboard to get these to their rated speed of 1600 mhz.
I read some reviews about the heat spreaders falling off, but all 6 of my modules are going strong still.
Perhaps people got a bad batch or are running in very overheated enclosures and melting the adhesive.
The heat spreaders are secured on the sides by little metal tabs and held together so not quite sure how they would fall off to begin with.
Pros: I own two of these boards, I bought one over a year ago and have been using it 24/7 since without any problems. Recently bought another when it was on sale for another computer, no problems with that board either so far.
The board has a good array of power user features for high end systems and enthusiasts. It is not the most feature rich board out there, but it doesn't feel overly cluttered with bells whistles and gimmicks either which I appreciate a lot.
It does have a little bling with the glowing center E symbol which is a nice touch if your case has a window.
As a side note both of my boards had the jumper flipped on the E symbol from the factory. I had to unplug it and reverse it to get it to light up. Not sure if this is by design or a careless mistake in production.
This is a solid high end performance board for high end (but not extreme) gaming rigs with a good enthusiast based feature set. It has given me no problems in the last 1+ years I have owned it. Bought a 2nd one to use because I liked the first so much :)
Cons: The two PCI-E slots for SLI are directly next to each other. This is fine if you have turbine based cards or water cooling. If you have lower model cards with large side mounted fans, the top cards fan would get little to no airflow due to being so close to the lower card. Not a huge issue for me but consider the cards you use before buying if you want to run SLI on this board.
The on board audio is a little weak strength wise (output signal is low and requires more amplification) and quite a bit of noise in the line when nothing is playing. Anyone serious about audio will probably be using a separate sound card anyways though so not a huge con.
No S/PDIF out for sending digital audio to a receiver or other device. Knew that buying this board but it would still be a nice feature to have for a performance gaming board.
Other Thoughts: Yes, this board only supports sandy bridge processors.
The motherboard manufacturers will always post a cpu / ram compatibility list. One should always do their research and ensure the cpu/ram they are buying will work properly with their board.
Do NOT rely on the specs listed from a the place you are buying it, mistakes can and do happen in listings. Go with the official specs direct from the manufacturer to ensure everything will work properly :)