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TP-LINK Archer T9E AC1900 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b PCI Express
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: + Easy Installation. With the simplicity of PCI-E you can plug it into any PCI-E slot (even the big 16x/8x slots) and this will work. Just plug it in and you're good to go. Windows 7 x64 recognized it immediately and I didn't even have to supply a driver. So much easier than installing adapters from 10+ years ago.
+Adequate cooling. The entire front surface area of the adapter is covered by a heat sink. It never gets more than slightly warm to the touch so it seems like more than enough to keep things cool.
+100% self contained. If you transport your PC a lot (for LAN parties and whatnot) it's nice to not have to fuss with USB dongles or antenna wires. This model might be better suited for those scenarios.
+Low Profile support. If my HTPC wasn't located directly next to my router I would be using this feature. It's nice to have a high performance option like this for smaller form factor PC's.
+Reliable on both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. I have had a stable connection for over a week with no issues.

Cons: -Not quite as fast as my ASUS PCE-AC68 adapter. This may be due to the fact that the antennas are limited to being placed directly on the back of the PC. The convenience of not having to fuss with wires may come at the price of inferior reception.

Other Thoughts: My PC is located about 20 feet from a Linksys WRT1900AC router, separated by two walls. Under those conditions I experienced the best results using the 5Ghz band. For testing I checked connection rates at various points throughout each day for about a week. I also transferred a 20GB file to and from a NAS on the network to gauge transmit/receive rates. Here are the numbers for the TP-Link Archer T9E and the ASUS PCE-AC68 for comparison:

Archer T9E

Windows reported bandwidth: nearly constant 351Mbps
Transmit rate: 24MB/s
Receive rate: 18MB/s

ASUS PCE-AC68

Windows reported bandwidth: 702 to 866Mbps
Transmit rate: 34MB/s
Receive rate: 22MB/s

Both adapters have proven adequate for my needs. The ASUS is clearly superior in terms of speed but it also relies on an antenna that some people might not want to clutter up their desk space. The ASUS model is also $20 more expensive at the time of writing so this just becomes a question of what will better suit your needs. This TP-Link Archer T9E is a reliable and high performing part which should work great in most situations.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-128GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Capacity/Good Speed for the Price 06/01/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 128GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-128GB

Pros: - Compact design which shouldn't have trouble reaching most ports.
- Slide cover to protect the USB port which features rubberized black plastic finish and ergonomic grip grooves along the sides. It feels nice and functions well.
- Key ring hole.
- Very large amount of storage in a fairly small device. This is nearing dedicated HDD capacity and would work nicely for loading a portable OS.
- USB 3.0 allows for higher file transfer speeds.

Cons: - The drive performs similarly to its 64GB sibling in not making great use of USB 3.0. Writing several large and small files to the drive resulted in an average transfer rate of around 18MB/s with a maximum of around 22MB/s. Reading from the drive wasn't quite as bad but still never reported speeds faster than 78MB/s. Average reads were closer to 70MB/s.

Other Thoughts: I recently reviewed Corsair's 64GB version of this drive. They are essentially identical besides the storage capacity.

Personally, I want more speed out of a USB 3.0 flash module, but the price isn't bad here. You get reasonable speed, great capacity, in addition to compact durability. It's a good deal if you don't require the speed. If speed is what you need then fork over some more bones.

The drive is preformatted using FAT32 which does not support files larger than 4GB. Unless the drive will be used on system which does not support other file systems I generally suggest formatting to NTFS or exFAT.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Fast Enough For The Price 05/07/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 64GB Slider X1 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X1-64GB

Pros: - Compact design which shouldn't have trouble reaching most ports.
- Slide cover to protect the USB port which features rubberized black plastic finish and ergonomic grip grooves along the sides. It feels nice and functions well.
- Key ring hole.
- High enough storage capacity for most data needs.
- USB 3.0 allows for higher file transfer speeds.

Cons: - The drive doesn't make great use of USB 3.0. Writing several large and small files to the drive resulted in an average transfer rate of around 17MB/s with a maximum of around 19MB/s. Reading from the drive wasn't quite as bad but still never reported speeds faster than 73MB/s. Average reads were closer to 65MB/s.

Other Thoughts: Personally, I want more speed out of a USB 3.0 flash module, but the price isn't bad here. You get somewhat decent speed, great capacity, in addition to compact durability. It's a good deal if you don't require the speed.

The drive is preformatted using FAT32 which does not support files larger than 4GB. Unless the drive will be used on an unsupported system I generally suggest formatting to NTFS or exFAT.

I noticed another reviewer questioning the 58GB reported capacity. This is normal and is the result of how computers calculate storage capacity vs the way storage capacity is sold. The drive certainly has around 64,000,000,000 bytes available. However, a kilobyte is not 1000 bytes, it is 1024 bytes. Similarly, a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes, not 1000. And so on... The number to remember is 1024, not 1000. So, if you do the math you'll find that 64,000,000,000 bytes comes out to 59.6GB. All drive capacities are calculated this way.

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Display Name: Matthew H.

Date Joined: 04/13/05

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  • First Review: 06/21/05
  • Last Review: 07/03/15
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