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I was wondering if Intel's Nics had an advantage over say something from Realtek or Via?

Are there tools or firmware out there catered to Nics?
    
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I've always heard to use intel nics when possible. My new board has one and I noticed like 90mb/s transfer speeds when I used to get about 60 on my last board with a realtek.
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well intel has built in Ethernet into the PCH P67, so most boards with Intel nics just have intel stock Ethernet. it should be good tho, as intel is pretty good, but as you can see the boards with Dual NICs ASUS chose realtek as they do very good job as well. In the old days Intel ruled the NIC market, now most nics are equal. The reason for GB dual NIC boards have dual realtek is because of the teaming and in/out specialty functions that call for the same NIC. IDk why gigabyte spent the extra money to use realtek NICs on all the boards, other than it takes load off or is more stable, otherwise there would be no reason to waste money like that when its already in the PCH.


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Yah I noticed my ud4 had a realtek nic. I like the intel better was just getting 110-120mb/s which I have never seen on my network before.
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From a networking standpoint there will be no major advantage with one vs the other. The only time you will see the major advantage is if you have dual NIC's going teamed or you have dual switches, either into 1 virtual switch like a Cisco 3700 series or 2 2950's with Spanning Tree for redundancy. In 99% of home networks you will find neither situation. If your building have a lab @ home i.e. your prepping for your CCIE (R&S) then it could be useful. The only other reason would be if you have said system with dual NIC's setup as a proxy device for the rest of your network.

Regardless most home routers/switches are still 10/100. There are some that are starting to put GigE, but this will only be beneficial to home networks, as most WAN connections will still be your bottleneck. So long story short there is no advantage of 1 NIC (Intel vs Realtek) over the other.
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