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Reviews I have seen of the K1ller NIC (I think that is the name) show that pings were noticeably higher with the card than with the integrated. Is this a flaw of just that card then?
     
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Originally Posted by blitz6804 View Post
Reviews I have seen of the K1ller NIC (I think that is the name) show that pings were noticeably higher with the card than with the integrated. Is this a flaw of just that card then?
I do believe that was do to faulty drivers.

I have never used the card, so I can't say for sure.
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Really though any network interface card that is not "onboard" will off load some cpu usage. That's just a given...now the difference between ping times and download speeds I'm unsure of...
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Really though any network interface card that is not "onboard" will off load some cpu usage. That's just a given...now the difference between ping times and download speeds I'm unsure of...
It's all relative to what you are doing, and what level of operations an application supports.

Some games (very few) like WoW have an old network arcitechture which actually causes your ping to rise.

Though, if you are downloading large files (like W7 RC2) via Java, HTTP, FTP, or P2P clients, you will not get heavy ping spikes because the dedicated NIC handles large data transfers easily.

It's on an application to application basis. But for the most part, almost every game I play or have played actually benefited from a dedicated NIC.
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What I think is a better fit for my needs (at present) is a gigabit router. I have already on several occasions completely saturated the bandwidth of this router (100Base-T) and all connected computers already have 1000Base-T ethernet ports.
     
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What I think is a better fit for my needs (at present) is a gigabit router. I have already on several occasions completely saturated the bandwidth of this router (100Base-T) and all connected computers already have 1000Base-T ethernet ports.
For home networking, gigabit is a must, at the curret size of media that is stored, and the bandwidth it taxes.

Though, to reap the benefits of a 1gigabit home network, you'll need all your NIC's to be gigabit.

I also suggest that you use Cat6e cabling. Cat5e is graded up to 1gigabit, but I really took that with a grain of salt, and did what most suggest, and used Cat6.
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Yeah, Cat5e is not sufficient for gigabit networking. Given the cost to do so (3 Cat6 cables and a gigabit / 802.11 N router) I have been kept in the realm of 100Base-T / Super-G MIMO.
     
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Need better cooling on my 165. What do you guys think of this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120428557880
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I have 250' of Cat6 cable that was bought, but never installed. I still reaaaally want it done.

It's not Cat6e cable though.

edit: sure Hue, from what I've heard that cooler is good (albeit expensive retail).
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Originally Posted by Hueristic View Post
Need better cooling on my 165. What do you guys think of this?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120428557880
I've heard poor performance from that cooler, but I have not definite word on it. What are you using right now?

Quote:
Originally Posted by nategr8ns View Post
I have 250' of Cat6 cable that was bought, but never installed. I still reaaaally want it done.

It's not Cat6e cable though.
The only difference between cat6 & cat6e (Category 6 enhanced) is the return loss. Which is only a 4dB difference.
This should explain it better ---V
- return loss -> connector return loss (Cat5 = 14dB, Cat5e = 20dB, Cat6 = 24dB, Cat6e = 28dB)
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