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Pros: Fast when it works.
Stable when it works
For 6 months it has behaved... it stopped doing that recently.
Cons: If you have an AC Router, and hope to get 300mbps as your network connection, buy another card. This does not work at that speed, I've owned it for 2 years, updated the driver over and over and over again... and nothing has gotten this to connect at more than 300mbps. I'm not even far from the router. It's approx 100 ft to my right. Even when right next to the router, however, it never connected at 300mbps.
Additionally: 5GHZ? Yeah. It's a dirty lie. I've set it to only use 5GHZ, and it SAID it was connected at almost 800mbs! Amazing!
What.... websites load slowly? The whole "Internet" fails? Lag on online gaming is so amazing that even text can't get through? Wow!
It's like a v12 engine, but no tires. I don't grasp WHY this happens when connected at 5Ghz, but it's amazingly consistent. Every drive update I always try it out just to see if there is any change, but it actually seems to get worse.
If your hope is to use this on 5ghz - DO NOT buy it, it just plain doesn't function right.
My connection speed on a 5Ghz connection on speedtest show me with 11.63mbps download and 37.24mbps upload for Internet (while claiming a 206mbps connection). on the 2.4Ghz it shows 102mbps download speed and 36.10mbps upload speed (while at 144mbps). <both of those connection speeds are the fastest this wifi card will connect to my AC Wifi Netgear Nighthawk).
Other Thoughts: I would honestly say never, ever buy another Intel Wifi Card. I thought that Intel wifi was going to be far better than broadcom or killerNIC - but I was clearly wrong and regret switching to the Intel over the broadcom. I'll be purchasing a Killer NIC wifi (newest AC Model) in hopes of resolved these issues, and maybe getting actual AC speeds from my AC router on my primary gaming notebook.READ FULL REVIEW
Most Powerful Card at this Wattage
In all honesty, I was surprised, I did not expect this device to perform as well as it does. I put it into a Dell Studio SFF PC with a 260 Watt PSU and it has had little to no issues (granted I am also using a single SSD in order to limit power consumption).
Switching out the front plate was a simple process - simply needed the right sized socket bit (you will need to do this yourself).
instructions are easy as is the installation, and it fit surprisingly well, but that is likely going to change depending upon your case design.
Cons: None that I can see.
Newegg states that minimum power supply is 400watt... honestly this is wrong. I have the device working in a 260 watt unit with excellent performance results.
Other Thoughts: Outside of the PSU requirements being marked incorrectly (i may be overloading the PSU but I assume that by now, 4 months later, I would have run into some power related issues such as shut downs/hangs/or just that lovely "POP" that can occur from time to time).
The card performs very well for the size and chip. Runs Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and SOTR at medium to high settings on 1080p without any issues (device is connected to a large flat screen TV as primary monitor).
FPS is not sky high but I have never seen it dip below 30fps yet.
If you want to push your SFF desktop device to the maximum speed that it can go, buy this card! It is the fastest you'll get for this wattage.
Pros: - Fast (when working)
- Solid connectivity (when working)
- Does reach AC Speeds
Cons: Previous to the most recent driver updates there was a slight issue with maintaining a solid connection at AC levels. It would fail-over to N or G MIMO speeds from time to time without a major impact, but I can actually tell when I fail over to G speeds because my WAN is 101mpbs down... so it is agitating.
Most recent Driver updates resolved this issue... but typical for the drivers for this device (the first drivers were even worse, not being able to maintain a connection to my AC router without some serious playing with settings) another issue cropped up. Now when going out of stand-by mode the device fails, meaning I need to disable and re-enable the device every time I close the lid of my laptop.
Worse is Intel's complete lack of support. Forum users see very little response from Intel and usually have to wait for driver updates... which unfortunately will fix one issue and cause another.
Other Thoughts: I really am saddened to see this low level of a product offered by such a highly respected tech giant. I expected Intel quality and honestly I did not get it when I bought this device.
I am at least happy that now I have much more reliable speeds with my wifi, but the fact that the device fails upon opening up my laptop lid has basically led me to seek out a competitors product, likely something from Killer.