Date Joined: 01/06/04
Pros: Excellent Linux support (Debian 8 & 9). Using this to provide direct network access to KVM Linux client VMs on a Linux host. Fast speeds, no complaints.
Cons: I don't know if it's my motherboard (ASRock Z77 Extreme4LGA 1155), but I find it annoying that even though I've disabled booting from the NIC ROM and PXE in the BIOS, the boot process waits on each of the 4 interfaces for a second. I don't boot often and it's headless so I don't really notice, but I wish that weren't happening.
Overall Review: This is an older card but still a great choice.
Pros: Fast enough for streaming 720P content via Plex or CIFS
Overall Review: I bought two of these to store media (movies, TV, music) for streaming over Plex and CIFS. I had some concern about the 5900 RPM speed being able to deliver 720p content to multiple concurrent clients but I've had no issues with 3 simultaneous clients.
Pros: 1. Excellent size. I have other USB network adapters that are so large I constantly worry that they'll be hit by something and break. This one is so small that I can put my laptop in it's bag without removing the adapter.
2. Range and speed are reasonable. Not awesome, but better than expected for the size.
Cons: 1. Slightly disappointed that the the USB adapter is too long to seat fully into the port. Probably 1/8 inch of the USB adapter protrudes from the the USB port.
Pros: Price, speed, Linux kernel support.
Overall Review: Bought this as a replacement for an on-board adapter that died. Installed under Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit with no issues. iperf across the Gigabit LAN indicates between 600 and 700 Mbps, though there are several possible reasons the speed isn't higher. Realtek chips such as the one powering this card are known to be well-documented and supported by drivers in the Linux kernel.
Pros: The board has excellent features at this price point. It's stable, it's generally well laid out, and it was cheap. It's well supported by Ubuntu Linux, and likely other Linux distros. I haven't had any problems with any of the bios updates and I've used them all. Did have some installation problems with drive settings and keyboard. Was frustrating, but worked. Used recommended memory, no problems.
Cons: Runs kind of hot. Have E6700, Thermaltake Golden Orb II, Nvidia Quadro FX, 1 outlet fan. Need inlet fan, too. Worst thing is location of ATA headers. Large case so I can't plug in two ATA optical drives.
Overall Review: Dissapointed that lm_sensors doesn't work with board. Although I like the board and had to buy at that price point, I wish I could have spent a bit more for a board with better passive cooling like heatpipes. Integrated graphics works ok in Ubuntu, didn't get DRI hardware acceleration, but may have been my configuration mistake.