Dedicated Intel Ethernet PCI-e card vs. integrated (motherboard)

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  1. Phil81

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    How much of a difference would it be to use a separate PCI-e ethernet card - in terms of performance boost? Marginally or immense?
     
  2. EvilDragon

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    Wouldn't make a difference at all, I think. Don't bother.
     
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    Aye. Thanks!
     
  4. FriFlo

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    If you are talking about VEpro performance, actually it does make a difference according to what the most informed people at VSL say. I suppose, it depends on what chipset is onboard. Also, there is a big difference in performance for VEpro, if you use a dedicated port for VEpro and separate one for all other network traffic. Using two onboard ethernet ports is inferior to using a separate NIC for the VEpro network in this case, if I remember correctly.
     
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    Both machines' chipset are intel's.
     
  6. FriFlo

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    Then it probably depends on wether you want to use VEpro over a separate ethernet port and IP (which is highly recommended!). In that case, two ethernet ports on your main board probably share one Intel controller. There might be a bottleneck due to that. To be sure, it is in any way recommendable to buy a dedicated intel NIC. It will not be expensive.
     

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