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The Gigabyte board uses Realtec NICs, which are garbage. Don't bother with them at all.

The Asus board I believe uses nForce NICs, which are also pretty crappy (although considerably better than the Realtecs). (I assume this is your server? If so definately get a better NIC here...)

I would get some Intel add-ins in your situation.
I disagree. The built in NICs are fine. They're PCIe and will offer more than adequate performance. My "crappy" built in NiCs work better than the PCI Intel gigabit ones I also have.
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Seconded, as a new user to overclock, interested in the PERC card and its features, the thread is awesome, but wholly unruly. Search is good, but for gleaning the most useful information from the thread NOBODY should have to troll through this giant MF.
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I disagree. The built in NICs are fine. They're PCIe and will offer more than adequate performance. My "crappy" built in NiCs work better than the PCI Intel gigabit ones I also have.
What else do you use the PCI bus for? And what model are they? My PCI Pro/1000 MT cards wipe the floor with my nForce4-based NICs.

Being PCIe has little impact on the quality of the controller. It only means nothing else can screw up the bandwidth the NIC receives.
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I just put together a rig with a perc 6i andi another with a perc 5i and want to add a drive that already contains data to each controller (I don't want to integrate this new drive into an existing array). Thing is, I'm kind of hesitant because I don't want to lose the data on the drive.

How would I set up the card to use the drive "as-is" and keep the data intact?

EDIT: By the way, a perc sub-forum/wiki would be a pretty cool deal.
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I'm still on my search for reasonably priced Dell Perc 6/i.

Can anybody tell me if this is the correct card: (?)
http://www.provantage.com/dell-464-1309~7DELL040.htm

It says that it's a "Plug-in Card" but it's only $220 so I'm a little skeptical on this being new and/or the correct card...
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I'm still on my search for reasonably priced Dell Perc 6/i.

Can anybody tell me if this is the correct card: (?)
http://www.provantage.com/dell-464-1309~7DELL040.htm

It says that it's a "Plug-in Card" but it's only $220 so I'm a little skeptical on this being new and/or the correct card...
Why don't you wait until borito4 has them in again (around $115 shipped), or don't use Raid6? Most people here say Raid5 is the way to go anyways.
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What else do you use the PCI bus for? And what model are they?
Pretty much nothing else. They were Intel PCI Pro/1000 MT cards I think.
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My PCI Pro/1000 MT cards wipe the floor with my nForce4-based NICs.
In what way? I've found the PCIe variety built on to newer motherboards to give much faster data transfers between computers and that's pretty much the most important performance trait.
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Being PCIe has little impact on the quality of the controller. It only means nothing else can screw up the bandwidth the NIC receives.
And, that's exactly where I've seen the difference.
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I'm still on my search for reasonably priced Dell Perc 6/i.

Can anybody tell me if this is the correct card: (?)
http://www.provantage.com/dell-464-1309~7DELL040.htm

It says that it's a "Plug-in Card" but it's only $220 so I'm a little skeptical on this being new and/or the correct card...
The description appears to be correct for a 6/i. The picture however appears to be a 5/e or 6/e. It's a special order. Can you return it if it's the wrong card?
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In what way? I've found the PCIe variety built on to newer motherboards to give much faster data transfers between computers and that's pretty much the most important performance trait.
In sequential large file transfers, discrete and onboard NICs perform about the same. However, latency is another important factor that isn't as easily benchmarked. If you use your server for remote installs and directly access files, a discrete NIC makes a difference.

NVIDIA+Marvell vs Intel+Intel: http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/131340?theme=print


Here's a network benchmarking tool from Intel that simulates 12 different load types:
http://www.intel.com/design/servers/...rf_Toolkit.htm
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