Summary: Easily recognized by my Windows 7 computer. Speed is right where it should be on my gigabit Network and saving files to a remote location in my house is fast and easy. Pretty much the card does as it claims it should. The packaging was very generic as shown in the add. I appreciate this lack of waste material. No need to give it a fancy box that is just going to a landfill anyway.
Summary: I way trying to get this card at Frys Electronics and wow, was shocked and amazed: They had NO PCI express cards, NONE! What the hell??? Who is idiotic enough to buy a PCI card still? That standard is so over, once you get a board without PCI slots (which you should) your card is trash. I don't understand why these ancient standards linger around so much. Anyway, I was deeply disappointed about Frys.
Summary: This NIC is at the right place between price and performance. I never used onboard lan because it could be a bottleneck for the gigabyte internet connection. This NIC, however, has the ability to offload TCP traffic and CPU load, which considerably increase both performance and reliability. I highly recommend this not so pricy piece of work.