Opinion on network card
Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:17 PM
Posted 02 July 2008 - 05:57 AM
Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:57 AM
Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:30 PM
There is a Intel discrete ethernet card that performs similar to the killer networking card, at a fraction of the price. Intel has since released an even better card (Intel PRO/1000 GT), that still retails for ~30$ for the PCI version and ~40$ for the PCIe version. Personally, I've found that my ping has lowered, in some cases by as much as 20-30ms. However, as Dsnette mentioned, the limiting factor is in 99.9% of the cases out of your control and is associated with your ISP and the distance from you to the server. In my personal experience, the further the server, the greater the difference between onboard and this discrete ethernet card, though this is difficult to determine due to peak times and such. For a measly $30, you're not really risking anything, though as it has already been mentioned, don't expect much of a gain, if anything at all. Also to be added, these cards do remove the networking load off the CPU (abit, this is a very small load) so you may even see marginal gains in FPS, though the gains will be EXTREMELY minor (e.g. less then 1FPS).
Edited by james_8970, 03 July 2008 - 08:33 PM.
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