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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Network Interface Cards

How much better is a network interface card going to be compared to one that's on board a mobo?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-09-2009, 03:44 PM
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Depends. Just cause it goes in an expansion slot doesn't make it better. If the mainboard is old enough to only be 10/100, then a gigabit NIC in a slot will be faster - if the rest of the LAN is gigabit also. But if the mainboard interface is already gigabit speed, throwing a card in a slot isn't likely faster.

It's not like video, where onboard logic is typically "good enough" while high-dollar expansion cards can provide higher frame rates, better shading, etc.

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