Supermicro AOC-SGP-I4 - Quad NIC vs OEM Intel



  • I am finalizing my new router build and I am stuck on which NIC to buy. I'm trying to avoid buying an intel NIC on ebay since the secondhand marketplace is just flooded with counterfeits. Anyways… here are my options:

    1. Supermicro AOC-SGP-I4 - $199 https://store.netgate.com/AOC-SGP-I4.aspx
    2. OEM Intel 350-T4 - $339.99 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106247&ignorebbr=1

    Is there any reason to get the OEM Intel 350-T4 over the supermicro NIC? My understanding is the Supermicro uses the intel i350 controller is v2. I noticed the Supermicro has a much smaller form factor, does this play any role in how the NIC performs?

    Many thanks,



  • @copcopcopcop:

    I am finalizing my new router build and I am stuck on which NIC to buy. I'm trying to avoid buying an intel NIC on ebay since the secondhand marketplace is just flooded with counterfeits.

    I know this doesn't answer your question, but read the many posts on this forum which confirm that even the $15-$20 used intel NIC cards work just fine. They might be made by certain Chinese companies but most do use the Intel chipset. If you still want to buy a brand new server NIC card, then more power to ya !



  • @Inxsible:

    @copcopcopcop:

    I am finalizing my new router build and I am stuck on which NIC to buy. I'm trying to avoid buying an intel NIC on ebay since the secondhand marketplace is just flooded with counterfeits.

    I know this doesn't answer your question, but read the many posts on this forum which confirm that even the $15-$20 used intel NIC cards work just fine. They might be made by certain Chinese companies but most do use the Intel chipset. If you still want to buy a brand new server NIC card, then more power to ya !

    Yes, the cheap $20 Chinese counterfeit NIC's do work, but i think we can all agree that knowingly buying those comes with some very significant durability concerns. I'd rather pay the additional upfront cost to not worry about when my routers cheap NIC's are finally going to crap out.



  • @copcopcopcop:

    @Inxsible:

    @copcopcopcop:

    I am finalizing my new router build and I am stuck on which NIC to buy. I'm trying to avoid buying an intel NIC on ebay since the secondhand marketplace is just flooded with counterfeits.

    I know this doesn't answer your question, but read the many posts on this forum which confirm that even the $15-$20 used intel NIC cards work just fine. They might be made by certain Chinese companies but most do use the Intel chipset. If you still want to buy a brand new server NIC card, then more power to ya !

    Yes, the cheap $20 Chinese counterfeit NIC's do work, but i think we can all agree that knowingly buying those comes with some very significant durability concerns. I'd rather pay the additional upfront cost to not worry about when my routers cheap NIC's are finally going to crap out.

    then buy 2 or 3 cheap ones so you can replace them in case of something going wrong with the years.. still much cheaper then the 200$+