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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.
i didnt till i got this mobo.
post #22 of 32
I think the point here is that Intel knows how to make chips.
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post #23 of 32
Just trying to add post count?

Understood that intel knows how to make chips, they are #1 in the business. I was just wondering why to steer clear from Realtek considering they make most of onboard NICs along with Marvell... I've had no problems with all 4 of mine, and cap line speed on them no problem.

If I had the choice between an add-in NIC by Realtek or Intel, depending on the price I'd take intel. Mostly for their teaming capabilities across the board vs. Realtek. But like I said, Realtek and Marvell make up most of the Desktop board onboard NIC's and I see nothing wrong with them, even if transferring at gigabit speeds.

I don't think it's necessary for a "User" to care what network card brand they get if they are pretty much using it for internet use. Even if heavy network use for home use, most motherboards come with gigabit NICs now and will be fine.

Only would I care to buy an intel if I were in a server environment.
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Well, sure, I have to pointlessly inflate my post count somehow, because I have absolutely nothing better to do. Right?

I wouldn't say either Realtek or Marvell are bad. I've never had one fail. Never had an Intel chip fail either. But I would stick an Intel card in my server long before any of the others. At home it doesn't really matter. I have two ports on the mobo and a card in the closet. And it can be down for a few minutes.
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Don't mean to bring this up from 2 weeks ago Duckie, but what's wrong with Realtek?

I've got 4 Gigabit onboard Realtek PCI-e 8111c's. Each I have no problem saturating about 960Mbps. With teaming I've managed to saturate 2.5Gbps (RAID and node limitations)

Just want some advice from the pro
I'm curious about realtek's faults myself.
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May I please have the source of that image? I'd like to read the article. Thanks!
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post #27 of 32
Heya,

I'm actually curious about the Killer NIC. It's so expensive and I'm wondering if it truly makes a difference or if it's just hyped up benchmarking.

Very best,
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May I please have the source of that image? I'd like to read the article. Thanks!
I used the URL for where the image is located, and found where this was taken from.

It's a few pages long, but it has a navigator at the bottom of the page. It's on page 5.

Here's the beginning: http://techreport.com/articles.x/13010

Here's page 5 to go directly to it: http://techreport.com/articles.x/13010/5

If anyone is curious as to how I actually found it (the steps I took, browser I used, etc.), then I will share them. Enjoy the review they wrote!
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post #29 of 32
Ive never had any Nic die on me that was made by Realtek or Intel. But I do agree with error10, I would rather run Intel in my server's. Ive got 4 Intel Nics on my server's here and at work and they are the best Nics I have ever worked with.
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I used the URL for where the image is located, and found where this was taken from.
Wow, iPhale. Thanks for your help.

Everyone who is interested in the Killer NIC's performance should check out the article links posted above by TwoCables.
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