Energy-efficient hardware with PCI slots?



  • Hello,

    I am looking for an energy-efficient box with 2 or 3 PCI-Slots (for Quad NICs).

    Which components or ready-to-use boxes you can recommend?

    Shoule be just enough for 100Mbit WAN.

    Thanks for your response



  • What are you trying to do?
    If you're looking to route only 100Mbit you might probably be well off with a VLAN capable switch and trunking multiple virtual interfaces over a single (or multiple) trunk(s).



  • Hi, I dont like VLANs and I need some ports ( at least 5) for using different IPs with the cable provider. 1 mac address = 1 IP.

    So, I am looking for energy-efficient hardware with PCI slots..

    btw, the LAN ports should be able to filter GigE.

    Cheers!



  • A quotom box with 5 intel cards built in would work…



  • You can use a Quad PCI-X NIC in a PCI slot, but i works only with 1 lane
    of the speed bus of the NIC.
    So your maximum throughput speed will be arround 220Mbps between the four Gigabit ports.

    Grtz
    DeLorean



  • Do you actually mean PCI slots or do you mean PCIe slots? Actual (ancient) multiport PCI cards will burn through any possible energy savings on the CPU side.



  • @VAMike:

    Do you actually mean PCI slots or do you mean PCIe slots? Actual (ancient) multiport PCI cards will burn through any possible energy savings on the CPU side.

    He means PCI-X, not PCI or PCIe. But in the PCI-X case, also power burns all.



  • @johnkeates:

    @VAMike:

    Do you actually mean PCI slots or do you mean PCIe slots? Actual (ancient) multiport PCI cards will burn through any possible energy savings on the CPU side.

    He means PCI-X, not PCI or PCIe. But in the PCI-X case, also power burns all.

    PCI-X is dead, so he won't find that. My thought was that someone might be trying to reuse an ancient quad port card (even if it were PCI-X that spec was backward compatible with PCI so that might work even if it performed horribly). Or (hopefully) someone is just using the wrong term for a PCIe port.

    There were, once upon a time, PCI-X to PCIe bridges, but that's firmly in "just don't do that" territory.


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