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What's the best NIC right now for home use to access the internet with an average of 15Mbps, and sometimes more?

I have a friend who needs one, and so I figure that we should shop the RIGHT way and ask first on OCN. He needs an NIC for the cable modem.
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post #2 of 32
i think a normal 10/100/1000 MBit/s NIC should do the work.. yet there is another option: Killer M1 and K1 but these are expensive and i dont know if there's some gain over the normal ones
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Originally Posted by IaVoR View Post
i think a normal 10/100/1000 MBit/s NIC should do the work...
All NICs are NOT the same. Get any NIC from Intel and you're good. Stay away from Realtek.
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Even the onboard NIC on your motherboard will work, unless your friend has some older PC or cheap mobo without one.

I've never had any particular problem with Realtek Ethernet chips. For instance, this one is my backup NIC. It's the "Extreme Edition" where the chipset gets a heatsink! (That's the PCI version; the PCI Express version costs twice as much.)

Or you could pay twice as much for an Intel card, or ten times as much for the overrated Killer NIC, which heatsink is ten times larger.
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I remember seeing reviews of the Killer ones and they really had no difference. The theory behind it is good, but in practice it didn't work.
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post #6 of 32
Good Gigabit Intel Nics are not expensive at all, can be had for under $30. Thats what I would go for. Would be overkill for a tiny 15mb/s connection. But if your like me and move alot of files on and off server's, Gigabit is a must have.
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post #7 of 32
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The reason my friend would need it is he has an older system and I would like to help him get a better system, and he really, really, really wants the same system I have. Now, I have two identical EVGA 680i mobos (122-CK-NF68), but he doesn't know it yet. The reason I have two is because for some reason, the ethernet ports don't work properly on the older one. They work, but there were always problems. And those problems went away when I switched to an older Linksys LNE100TX (the box has the Designed for Windows 98 logo).

So, if I give him this board, I'll either have to use that NIC, or find a better one. I'm not even sure if the NIC still works as it has had to put up with some rather careless storage. Not only that, but he also uses Comcast High-Speed Internet just like I do, and I have no idea if this NIC will be able to take full advantage of it.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, if this NIC still works perfectly, will he be able to see speeds over 10Mbps? As you can see, I honestly don't know anything. heh
Edited by TwoCables - 12/27/08 at 12:34am
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Yep, if the NIC works, even a 100Mbit NIC is no problem. 1Gbit > 100Mbit > 15Mbit.
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Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Yep, if the NIC works, even a 100Mbit NIC is no problem. 1Gbit > 100Mbit > 15Mbit.
So, if the 10/100 NIC I have now works perfectly, then it will not limit the connection at all? I don't know why, but for some reason I started to believe that it would limit it to 10Mbps, instead of allowing the usual 15, and sometimes higher.
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i got the killer M1 and love it. less lag
    
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