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This review is from: Rosewill RNWD-N9003PCE, 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
Pros: I have had this card for a year, and it has worked fine on a PC that is dedicated to distributed computing projects (World Community Grid, Folding@home). Large files need to be transferred, and small ones too; it is on 24/7.
It has shown a constant 130 Mbps speed in the tray icon on the 802.11a band (5 GHz), and I was wondering if that meant anything. So I compared it to a Rosewill RNX-N600PCE PCIe card (2 antennas with 3 dB gain) also on the 5 GHz band. The N600 showed a 26 Mpbs speed during the test, but that varies from maybe 19 to 54 Mpbs over time. Both machines run Win7 64-bit, and showed 3 bars signal strength, and were about equal distance from the wireless access point.
I uploaded an Nvidia 340.52 driver file (273.56 MB) to both machines in sequence. The N900 card took 2 minutes 15 seconds, while the N600 card took 3 minutes 30 seconds. So in fact there was a speed difference, and the extra antenna may be worth it in some cases (both work fine for my purposes).
Cons: None, though I would like to see the longer 3 dB gain antennas on this card too. Whether they would do much good is another question.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ORICO USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Multi-Card Reader for SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/CF/TF Cards
Pros: I have a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H motherboard, and was having a few compatibility problems with my old USB 2.0 card reader (Rosewill, though that probably does not matter). I was about to go to an external reader, but thought I would give this one a try. I plugged it into the motherboard's front USB header (blue), and it has worked flawlessly for a couple of weeks.
As has been noted before, the brushed aluminum case looks nice too, and goes very well with my NZXT mid-tower case.
Other Thoughts: The real test now is how long it lasts. I am beginning to wonder if the failures of the USB 2.0 card readers is due to electrostatic discharge. I now always ground the card by touching the case before inserting the card. The aluminum case on this reader helps to do that.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast enough for me on Win7. I ordered mine on 6/17/2014, and it came with the 527ABBF0 firmware, which is apparently newer than the 525 firmware on their website.
At any rate, I just use it on a SATA II (3.0 Gb/sec) motherboard, and it is faster than the 40 GB Intel X25-V drive that it replaced. So unless you want to pay a lot more for a little more speed, I think it will do nicely.
Cons: NoneREAD FULL REVIEW