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Pros: Strong signal that rarely drops. One of the best PCI network adapter.
Cons: Horrible driver that causes audio distortion and crackling sounds. Quoted from a comment in D-link forum ... "DPC dropouts, most likely due to the WPA-552 performing periodical background scan activity for wireless networks, causing a hangup in the DPC queue. Interrupting device drivers from communicating with the operating system."
Other Thoughts: I didn't much of the negative comments on this product. I thought to myself that these pessimistic commenter must not be tech savvy enough to resolve whatever problem it had. I managed to solved the distortion problem by installing Atheros v22.214.171.124 driver for my respective Windows 7 64 bit Ulimate Edition. DPC Latency Checker reported: "This machine should be able to handle real-time streaming of audio and/or video data without drop-outs." It was a bit of complicated installation. Even after the Atheros driver installed, DPC Latency Checker sometimes reports: "Some device drivers on this machine behave bad and will probably cause drop-outs in real-time audio and/or video streams. To isolate the misbehaving driver use Device Manager and disable/re-enable various devices, one at a time. Try network and W-LAN adapters, modems, internal sound devices, USB host controllers, etc." However with the original DWA 552 driver one will get the aforementioned message about bad harmony continually. Noteworthy observation on "DPC Latency Checker"... Manufacturers driver will take you on the red meter often. In the other hand Atheros; its steadily green meter, sometimes yellow and rarely red. If your looking for a IT challenge, then this is your product. Thanks to this product, I learned more about wireless connectivity. If you don't got time for this nuisance, then by all means, go ahead and buy another PCI network adapter that rivals it: the Rosewill N600PCE Wireless N Dual Band Adapter is a great example. Save your self some headaches and frustration. I should of purchased the Rosewill N600PCE, but I noticed it too late. It was 20 bucks cheaper, one plus egg and better reviews. Well, I'm just glad the audio distortion isn't blatant... It was infuriating me. Lesson learned... I hope.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: 1 extra 1TB drive on your PCIE that does not require sata cables nor power cable. 1 extra 100GB SSD on the side. Nice blue LED indicator of active. Compress this drive to save disk space option does not slow the SSD.
Cons: Initializing PCIE drives screen on every boot decreases your boot time significantly.
HHD Sentinel reports on the 100GB SDD:
"The status of the solid state disk is PERFECT. Problematic or weak sectors were not found.
The TRIM feature of the SSD is supported but disabled. It is recommended to upgrade the operating system, the disk controller or its driver to improve performance." I'm getting this message all knowingly that trim is enabled on my Win7 Ultimate.
Other Thoughts: This is a wonderful choice for those who never used a SSD before. You can temporarily use the SSD cache as your OS to get you
prepare for the real thing. I was unconvinced at first, but now am I know SSD are the way to go. I do recommend sticking your OS to neither the SSD nor HDD of the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid. Nonetheless my best speed were up to 400 MB/s read and 125 MB/s write in Crystaldiskmark with settings 5 100MB.