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Which is better to use?

Postposted on Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:00 pm

I just bought an Asus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837
I have a discrete card that I bought a few years ago.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106033 Which one would be more reliable now?
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Re: Which is better to use?

Postposted on Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:22 pm

The motherboard has an onboard Realtek 8111E Gigabit Ethernet. I would stick with the Intel card over the onboard just on reputation.
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Re: Which is better to use?

Postposted on Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:16 pm

The on-board Realtek ethernet is "good enough". The Intel NIC is probably "better".
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Re: Which is better to use?

Postposted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:30 pm

I think that if a motherboard is going to advertize (brag) about all the extras they have, then those extras should at least be better than something that can be bought years in the past. Just my 2 cents worth.

I really like the mb, and am looking forward to using some of its features, but it does bother me that they all advertize their on-board hardware like it's something special. I mean, they could just say something like, "comes with basic sound, graphics, and network capability." But I guess that's what they are saying when they say Realtek. Basic.
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Re: Which is better to use?

Postposted on Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:45 pm

I highly doubt you'd ever see the difference in real use. I benchmarked my "crappy" Realtek NIC at a sustained 980 Mbps using a craptacular switch and another Realtek NIC at the other end.
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Re: Which is better to use?

Postposted on Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:39 am

Yup, it's probably got a difference in CPU usage but with the power of CPUs these days you could be looking at the difference between 1.0% and 1.1%.

The Intel NICs typically have some nice interrupt moderation techniques that strike a good balance between low latency and low interrupt load. It might make a difference if you have some real time constraints in your system, maybe pro audio stuff would show it.
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