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This review is from: On Networks PL500-199NAS AV500 Powerline kit, Up to 500Mbps
Pros: Establishes a connection.
Cons: speed of connection varies dramatically. the same connection from one point to another will swing between 40 Mbps to 1-5 Mbps constantly. this will prevent the throughput from being predictable and renders it unusuable for a lot of things. I'm going room to room very short distance without much luck. also for some reason the MTU is a factor and the Xbox One hates this thing. Every other wired device can push at least 4 Mbps on average when using this adapter. the XB1 reports less than 1 Mbps, drops packets, and lags to like 120 ms. There is a solid chance your device will not be perfectly compatible with the bridge this creates between you and your router.
Other Thoughts: I tried many different locations and different circuits. same result, near or far every time.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Mediasonic HP1-U34F PCI Express 4 Ports External USB 3.0 PCI Express Card
Pros: Very fast and cheap USB expansion card.
Cons: Required driver installation from CD, not readily picked up even by Windows 10 at the time of writing.
Other Thoughts: Used these cards to add some USB 3.0 ports to my aging machines, two LGA 1156 systems and an old LGA 775 motherboard. Works fine with Windows 7 and 10. Not disappointed. It's nice to finally be able to sling data around at speeds faster than 20 MB per second. I'm almost using current-gen tech on some of my machines at this point (lol).READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fancy looking, not that it matters for me because it's in a generic case. Stable, haven't seen any crashes I can relate to memory.
Runs cool under load, probably due to the aforementioned fancy heat sinks.
Cons: None whatsoever.
Other Thoughts: I own an Intel Core i7 870 CPU. This is relevant because combined with the ASUS CG5275 desktop I have, you virtually cannot find memory that is compatible with this configuration. I tried several DDR-3 kits that supposedly clock down to 1333 (the max speed for this CPU), to no avail. I tried a DDR3-1333 kit, and encountered even more issues than I did with the 1600 RAM I tried. Plugged this in. Worked right off the bat. Performance is slightly better than the stock RAM the system came with too, but ultimately the goal was to double the capacity. Long story short, if you have a 16GB capable LGA 1156 motherboard, this is probably the only option left around that you can buy new. The idea of buying used memory makes me cringe.READ FULL REVIEW