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How Much Can You Improve Network Throughput with a High-End NIC?

Apr 14, 2008, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Martin)

"What sort of impact can you expect from switching a machine from the Gigabit Ethernet NIC that come on its motherboard to a higher-end Intel desktop NIC? I benchmarked two common gigabit NICs found on motherboards against two Intel PCIe desktop gigabit NICs, targeting the specific purpose of accessing an NFS share over the network. The short version: throughput for sequential read/write operations didn't improve much, but latency was much better, allowing anything that needs a network round trip, like create, delete, and seek, to work much faster.

"The two machines I used for testing were an AMD X2 4200 and an Intel Q6600 quad core CPU on a p35 motherboard..."

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