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Pros: Speed, range. Internal card, one less thing hanging off HTPC (vs. USB adapter dongle). Has the magnetic base extension you can attach the antennas to if necessary. Supposed to fix the AC66's incompatibility w/ Z87 boards, I'm putting it in an older box so unsure if it does indeed remedy it.
Cons: None so far
Other Thoughts: Felt 802.11 ac was ready to try so I upgraded my HTPC's MoCA 10/100 network (Actiontecs) which had been working fine for three years. Paired this NIC w/ the Netgear 6300 ac router. I do incremental backups of a 1TB dataset nightly; the MoCA connection typically topped out near 88Mb/s getting close to the limit of the 10/100 interface. When I connected up this NIC to the new 5Ghz ac network the network properties in Win8 x64 Pro said it was connecting at 750Mb/s which is tremendous for my house/wall setup. Transfer speeds for my dataset are now in the 45MB/s range or 375Mb/s.. so roughly four times the MoCA speed. Very, very, cool. Playing multiple live HD streams from Windows Media Center (usually about 12Mb/s) no hiccups at all. No issues w/ Netflix over the w ire too. WAN downloads don't come anywhere near saturating as I just have Comcast's 20/10. Retiring my old MoCA network for this ac and not looking back, highly recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Connect 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive HDTC720XR3C1 Red
Pros: Compact form factor, great offline storage solution, and I like the red color. :) Suits me fine on a USB2 connection incrementally backing up overnight while I sleep.
Cons: Though ostensibly designed to sit next to a laptop I would have liked a longer USB cord so it can be used w/ desktop systems like the older USB2 1TB models of the Toshiba externals.
Other Thoughts: My dataset (videos, movies, music, docs) just went past 1TB so I had to upgrade from a prior Toshiba 1TB external. I use this for offsite storage, taking it to work w/ me everyday, I have a robocopy script that backs up nightly to this drive and others so the 5400RPM is not as big an issue.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RCX-Z300 92mm Ball CPU Cooler
Pros: Cheap, very decent quality for the price. The red is pleasant to look at, laugh. Cools an e6400 at stock 2.13Ghz w/out incident at 34C (my HTPC machine).
Cons: None at this point.
Other Thoughts: Replaced a prior Rosewill cheapo (RCX-Z90-AL) that got clogged and also broke one of its plastic retention legs. This new one is working well; cleaned off the CPU w/ denatured alcohol and just used the included thermal paste. Stock e6400 C2D @ 2.13Ghz and around 34C while recording shows. Does the job just fine.READ FULL REVIEW