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Viral
04-13-11, 11:15 PM
I've got a file server that is using Realtek 8111C GB onboard LAN. Accessing files is a bit laggy, especially from XP machines. The worst instance is when opening files in a particular CAD program, if you go back to the computer or workgroup (rather than staying in a folder on the shared drive) it will lag for around 10 seconds. In general it usually lags around 1-2 seconds for browsing in the folders and at other times it seems fast enough.

So as in the title, will an Intel PCIe NIC fix this? I'm going PCIe because the PC only has 2 PCI slots next to each other down the bottom but 3 PCIe 1x slots and 2 x16 slots and uses on board video. If there is an improvement I'm going to buy a couple more to use in an identical machine that is used as a print server so I like the idea of being able to space the cards a bit which I can't do with the 2 PCI slots nor could I add a third card if needed.

This is what I'm looking at:
http://www.ota.com.au/Networking/Network-Interface-Cards/Intel-EXPI9301CTBLK-Intel-Gigabit-CT-Desktop-Adapter-16414.html

AngelGraves13
04-13-11, 11:34 PM
I've got a file server that is using Realtek 8111C GB onboard LAN. Accessing files is a bit laggy, especially from XP machines. The worst instance is when opening files in a particular CAD program, if you go back to the computer or workgroup (rather than staying in a folder on the shared drive) it will lag for around 10 seconds. In general it usually lags around 1-2 seconds for browsing in the folders and at other times it seems fast enough.

So as in the title, will an Intel PCIe NIC fix this? I'm going PCIe because the PC only has 2 PCI slots next to each other down the bottom but 3 PCIe 1x slots and 2 x16 slots and uses on board video. If there is an improvement I'm going to buy a couple more to use in an identical machine that is used as a print server so I like the idea of being able to space the cards a bit which I can't do with the 2 PCI slots nor could I add a third card if needed.

This is what I'm looking at:
http://www.ota.com.au/Networking/Network-Interface-Cards/Intel-EXPI9301CTBLK-Intel-Gigabit-CT-Desktop-Adapter-16414.html

I don't know if it will fix it, but I do know that onboard Realtek NIC is terrible. The pings fluctuate and the CPU usage can quite high about 10%. Go for an Intel NIC, they're $38 on Amazon.

I decided to get a Killer NIC, which is about 20 bucks more.

Roliath
04-13-11, 11:46 PM
Stick with the intel nic and you should be fine.

Mathesar
04-14-11, 01:55 AM
Would it be worth 'upgrading' to an Intel NIC for standard PC use (Browse web / Play games online etc).

Current motherboard has onboard Realtek 8111C NIC.

I havent had any issues I can think of related to the NIC but if its using more CPU than it should might be worth it.

Q
04-14-11, 09:10 AM
I really like Intel NIC's so I'd say go for it, Mathesar. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of a normal gaming system and should make general computing a bit nicer.

nekrosoft13
04-14-11, 11:49 AM
I had same program on my media server, disabled realtek and installed Intel ProLan gigabit and problem solved.

Just don't do something silly like waste money on "killer" nic.

AngelGraves13
04-14-11, 01:11 PM
I had same program on my media server, disabled realtek and installed Intel ProLan gigabit and problem solved.

Just don't do something silly like waste money on "killer" nic.

I have no regrets with my Killer NIC purchase.

Roliath
04-14-11, 01:34 PM
I can do this all day, but my utilization never jumps over 1~2% when copying files from my server to my ssd array. What kind of utilization are you seeing Viral?

http://i.imgur.com/QI5Eh.png

Viral
04-14-11, 08:27 PM
I did monitor it when first getting the print server, but only when printing to the large format printers we have. I'll have a look soon and see what result I get transferring files to and from the server. I think the transfer speeds are good, though it's only a 100mbit network due to old switch and cat 5 cables routed through the walls - besides two printers which have a direct 1Gb connection. It's more the lag I get when browsing for files, not so much in explorer mind you, but more so when using the "open" mini explorer window when opening files in design programs.