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Pros: -Easy set-up (more later)
-Good Signal Strength
-Decent packaging/paper work
Cons: -the set-up required wireless. And I don't me preferred, I was literally unable to set-up via my wired connection. It requested my Linksys router be reset to factory settings and that I reconnect to the wifi... which didn't make sense.
-After the set-up I was receiving 200mbps from my wired connection over the Internet - which is what I should be getting. Wired connection working well I went on to investigate the wifi.
-Wifi has been a hassle as I cannot get the connection to even crest over 50mbps. This was after I managed to set the laptop as a priority device and I even ensured the bandwidth was set to 0 in the. Doing speed tests gives me odd results, the speed goes up and down in high waves with the top being 150mbps and the bottom being 30mbps, averaging me out to 50mbps. Thinking that perhaps this was my Laptop's wifi card showing it's "Age" (Intel AC7260 mini-PCI) I tested on my Samsung Galaxy S7 to confirm and only received a speed of 75mbps after ensuring I was connected to the 5Ghz and that the 5Ghz was Wirelss AC only. So this is not an issue with my card alone, I'm just not getting the wireless signal I should be. Distance between me and the router is a good 50 feet, with only 1 wooden door between and perhaps 1 wall (but sheet-rock only..) - signal wise at the 5Ghz I'm sitting at about 320mbps, peaks at 800, and sometimes drops to 144mbps on the laptop... the laptop is also encountering packet loss so I'm not sure if this is my wifi card or the router. However the mobile phone has wifi-AC as well and also is recording speeds slower than it should.
Other Thoughts: I had to swap from my Netgear Nighthawk which failed only a month or two outside of the warranty (typical...). I didn't have the money for another Nighthawk so I sprung for this. I'm none too happy about the wifi performance, and for all the marketing about this "Seamless Roaming" and "Next Gen MU-MIMO" I was really expecting better than what I received. I'll do some more testing and update the review if needed, but my situation and Internet speed is not typical... but that should be no excuse for the wifi failing to perform at the bandwidth. Rule of thumb is that you need the wifi to at least be 20% faster than your WAN speed, so I was hoping that the AC / N speeds would be plenty. But 2.4ghz won't connect above 144mbps - so the 5Ghz at 360mbps is the best option I have. Constant signal strength however is a problem for this device. Two eggs because it will likely not be an issue for MOST people out there... but it's disappointing at this price point to see this wifi performance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast when it works.
Stable when it works
For 6 months it has behaved... it stopped doing that recently.
Cons: If you have an AC Router, and hope to get 300mbps as your network connection, buy another card. This does not work at that speed, I've owned it for 2 years, updated the driver over and over and over again... and nothing has gotten this to connect at more than 300mbps. I'm not even far from the router. It's approx 100 ft to my right. Even when right next to the router, however, it never connected at 300mbps.
Additionally: 5GHZ? Yeah. It's a dirty lie. I've set it to only use 5GHZ, and it SAID it was connected at almost 800mbs! Amazing!
What.... websites load slowly? The whole "Internet" fails? Lag on online gaming is so amazing that even text can't get through? Wow!
It's like a v12 engine, but no tires. I don't grasp WHY this happens when connected at 5Ghz, but it's amazingly consistent. Every drive update I always try it out just to see if there is any change, but it actually seems to get worse.
If your hope is to use this on 5ghz - DO NOT buy it, it just plain doesn't function right.
My connection speed on a 5Ghz connection on speedtest show me with 11.63mbps download and 37.24mbps upload for Internet (while claiming a 206mbps connection). on the 2.4Ghz it shows 102mbps download speed and 36.10mbps upload speed (while at 144mbps). <both of those connection speeds are the fastest this wifi card will connect to my AC Wifi Netgear Nighthawk).
Other Thoughts: I would honestly say never, ever buy another Intel Wifi Card. I thought that Intel wifi was going to be far better than broadcom or killerNIC - but I was clearly wrong and regret switching to the Intel over the broadcom. I'll be purchasing a Killer NIC wifi (newest AC Model) in hopes of resolved these issues, and maybe getting actual AC speeds from my AC router on my primary gaming notebook.READ FULL REVIEW
Most Powerful Card at this Wattage
In all honesty, I was surprised, I did not expect this device to perform as well as it does. I put it into a Dell Studio SFF PC with a 260 Watt PSU and it has had little to no issues (granted I am also using a single SSD in order to limit power consumption).
Switching out the front plate was a simple process - simply needed the right sized socket bit (you will need to do this yourself).
instructions are easy as is the installation, and it fit surprisingly well, but that is likely going to change depending upon your case design.
Cons: None that I can see.
Newegg states that minimum power supply is 400watt... honestly this is wrong. I have the device working in a 260 watt unit with excellent performance results.
Other Thoughts: Outside of the PSU requirements being marked incorrectly (i may be overloading the PSU but I assume that by now, 4 months later, I would have run into some power related issues such as shut downs/hangs/or just that lovely "POP" that can occur from time to time).
The card performs very well for the size and chip. Runs Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and SOTR at medium to high settings on 1080p without any issues (device is connected to a large flat screen TV as primary monitor).
FPS is not sky high but I have never seen it dip below 30fps yet.
If you want to push your SFF desktop device to the maximum speed that it can go, buy this card! It is the fastest you'll get for this wattage.