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Rosewill RNX-N900PCE, Dual Band Wireless N900 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11a/11b/11g/11n, Up to 450Mbps(5.0GHz) + 450Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antennas
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Work.
Identified as "airport extreme" in the build first acquired for

Cons: none really

Other Thoughts: Originally bought one for a hackintosh(recognized as "airport extreme"), then bough two more for two other builds. They work well enough for 802.11n 3ch cards, but what I had REALLY wanted were 802.11ac boards, but the cheapest/only ones are ASUS clocking in at c. $100 apiece last I checked, which I find to be shall we say, a bit steep,

While USB 802.11ac dongles are MUCH more reasonably priced they are little better than 802.11n 3ch bandwidthwise, and only dual channel(or the ones that I could find).

So I'm using these and powerline "gigabit" ether setup which has been working for now. The 4th box is a p9x79-deluxe which came with some sort of proprietary looking connector wifi card(n) and it works well enough for now as well.

Decent price for these and as mentioned above are OSX 10.8 & 9(AFAIK, maybe 7 and 6 as well) compatible, work under linux(Ubuntu 13.10 only tested) and windows 8.1 x64 pro.

Last note: one of my notebooks purchased last summer also came with a get this, $30 dual channel Intel 802.11ac card(mPCIe), so I'm REALLY disappointed in the adoption rate of mfgs in producing 802.11/a/b/g/n/ac PCIe boards and clinging to 802.11n like it was going out of style.

AMD FX-9590 Vishera 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W 8-Core Desktop Processor - Black Edition FD9590FHHKWOX with Liquid Cooling Kit
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 8 cores, relatively "fast"

Cons: VERY extremely poor IPC. HIGH heat.

Other Thoughts: AMD, ah how the times have changed from we were back rocking with 939, laughing at Intel having to ramp clocks and producing spacehaters. My how the worm has turned, now it's AMD struggling, ramping up clocks to extremes and making decent spaceheater replacements, esp when paired with a 290(x).

Anyways, by the time that I purchased, it was down under $300 or about what I paid for my wicked awesome(at the time) 4800+ X2. I knew that perf would be low, that AMD was still saddled with a extremely poor CPU arch(kaveri isn't much of a step in helping this), and is too busy pushing "APU"s, which are a nifty idea but I really can't see them going anywhere w/o Intel buyin as AMD just doesn't have share to drive hybrid programming as the norm on it's own. That said I put together this system for the nostalgia of the good old AMD days, and their only CPU("stock") that comes close to similarly priced Intel cores, although at a mind numbing power & heat penalty. Paired it w/a R9 280X(found a good price amongst the crazy) and 16GB 2133 RAM(2x8) DDR3. Does OK, now that it's winter have to see how it does in summer.

Rosewill RNX-N900PCE, Dual Band Wireless N900 Wi-Fi Adapter, IEEE 802.11a/11b/11g/11n, Up to 450Mbps(5.0GHz) + 450Mbps(2.4GHz) Wireless Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 3 External Detachable Antennas
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap, identified as Apple Airport Extreme in my hackintosh build.

Cons: As far as I have spent time with it so far in the hackintosh(ga-z87mx-d3h/4770k/670 FTW/OSX Mavericks) it's only operating in the 2.5GHz domain. (As mentioned I have NOT AT ALL looked into this other than about a 30s overview, so this con is asis...)

Other Thoughts: Cheap, works well even only with 2.5G band. Works well enough that I've ordered 2 more for 2 new desktops that I'm building as combo 1G ether/802.11?? work well together or so the hackintosh build seems to indicate and either way it's better than the wifi in my primary's 802.11 on asus p9x79.

WiFi router is ASUS 802.11 rt-ac66u which has been worth every premium penny paid for it to date, although it DOES have SOME drawback, but this is not a router review.

IOW the only pcie wifi w/802.11ac support that I can find is the asus which currently is listing close to $100/card while these puppies work good enough are are < a third of the cost per.

(Pretty hilarious that the intel msata 802.11ac card is c. $20 for the same perf as the c. $100 ASUS full size PCIe card.... what's worse is that ASUS offers ZERO value to justify the price other than PURE PROFITEERING in this case...)


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