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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good at first, failed early
on September 9, 2010
First, for those curious: This is compatible with Vista and Win7 64-bit, Fedora 64-bit, and OpenSolaris 64-bit.
This was the cheapest card on the market, installed easily, and worked with all of my test operating systems. It never quite made it to gigabit speeds, I could never tell for sure if it was the card, the switch, or the other end, but it was always at least 750mbit and that's good enough. Initially it was very stable, I'd have given it a 5-star, but after several months, it just disappeared from my server's Network Connections and I completely lost contact with it. Rebooting didn't help, but cold booting did. When I opened the system to check the seating, I found the card was extremely hot despite adequate case ventilation, especially the capacitors. There is no heat sink on this card, and I believe that in trying to save a few pennies without one they made the card prone to early failure. Since then the disappearance has happened more frequently, at first every other week and now daily, despite increasing the cooling. Unfortunately, I think the card damaged itself, maybe it just isn't made to be on for more than 8 hours a day in an office. Guess I got what I paid for and nothing more.