Quad port PCI-express



  • Any recommendations on an Intel quad port PCI-express expansion NIC < $400.  This will be going on a superMicro X7SPA mobo.

    I searched but only found a NIC for around $400, this may be the going rate and if so, I'm out of luck.

    Thanks!



  • Go get a quad PT from eBay.



  • @jasonlitka:

    Go get a quad PT from eBay.

    Right on. EXPI9404PTBLK $99 on eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120758262070

    Thanks man.



  • Yup, those are nice.  They tend to go cheap when they show up as well since there is a newer version of the PT that is a low-profile quad.



  • If the superMicro X7SPA has a PCIe 2.0 bus, I doubt that the Intel EXPI9404PT will work in it.  See this Intel notice.  The notice recommends either EXPI9404PTL or E1G44ET for PCIe 2.0 bus.  I've seen comments that some lots of the EXPI9404PTL are also problematic, so I went with the E1G44ET.



  • Interesting.  I've not used the full-size PT adapters in a while, but I swear I had one installed in a system with a 2.0 bus.  Maybe that's why they say "may".



  • Dear Jason Litka,

    I had my Supermicro with the same problems like what you said. The Motherboard and the Nic card are both from Supermicro and it does not fix the Right angle riser. I had contact with Supermicro and they have no luck in helping out. At the end, I purchased another Intel Quard Nic card and fixed the problems with the flexible pci-e cable. It was a nightmare.



  • @Davec:

    Dear Jason Litka,

    I had my Supermicro with the same problems like what you said. The Motherboard and the Nic card are both from Supermicro and it does not fix the Right angle riser. I had contact with Supermicro and they have no luck in helping out. At the end, I purchased another Intel Quard Nic card and fixed the problems with the flexible pci-e cable. It was a nightmare.

    Davec, can you list what case, motherboard, NIC, and riser you used? I have a similar problem (see post http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=39990.new;topicseen#new)



  • Why not E1G44HT? These are newer, cooler and saves energy with better specs!

    Just bought one on eBay under $250



  • @malon123:

    Why not E1G44HT? These are newer, cooler and saves energy with better specs!

    Just bought one on eBay under $250

    Because, the 82580 cards aren't supported unless you compile the driver yourself on a dev box and then copy it over to your production system, at least not last time I tested it.



  • @Jason:

    @malon123:

    Why not E1G44HT? These are newer, cooler and saves energy with better specs!

    Just bought one on eBay under $250

    Because, the 82580 cards aren't supported unless you compile the driver yourself on a dev box and then copy it over to your production system, at least not last time I tested it.

    Oops… looks I need to return it before I get it



  • FWIW, I'm running an 82580-based E1G44ET in stock pfSense 2.0-RC3.  However, it's an older card, and maybe there are other reasons why the E1G44HT won't work.  Also, I'm curious why E1G44HT prices seem lower than E1G44ET prices.



  • @mikeg:

    FWIW, I'm running an 82580-based E1G44ET in stock pfSense 2.0-RC3.  However, it's an older card, and maybe there are other reasons why the E1G44HT won't work.  Also, I'm curious why E1G44HT prices seem lower than E1G44ET prices.

    The E1G44ET is based on a pair of 82576, not the 82580.

    The E1G44HT is less expensive because it uses the 82580EB which is a native 4-port chip, making the design a lot simpler.  The previous quads were actually two dual-port chips.



  • @Jason:

    @mikeg:

    FWIW, I'm running an 82580-based E1G44ET in stock pfSense 2.0-RC3.  However, it's an older card, and maybe there are other reasons why the E1G44HT won't work.  Also, I'm curious why E1G44HT prices seem lower than E1G44ET prices.

    The E1G44ET is based on a pair of 82576, not the 82580.

    The E1G44HT is less expensive because it uses the 82580EB which is a native 4-port chip, making the design a lot simpler.  The previous quads were actually two dual-port chips.

    Thank you.  I obviously didn't read the documentation very carefully  :-[

    So, do we know when the 82580 cards will be supported?



  • @mikeg:

    @Jason:

    @mikeg:

    FWIW, I'm running an 82580-based E1G44ET in stock pfSense 2.0-RC3.  However, it's an older card, and maybe there are other reasons why the E1G44HT won't work.  Also, I'm curious why E1G44HT prices seem lower than E1G44ET prices.

    The E1G44ET is based on a pair of 82576, not the 82580.

    The E1G44HT is less expensive because it uses the 82580EB which is a native 4-port chip, making the design a lot simpler.  The previous quads were actually two dual-port chips.

    Thank you.  I obviously didn't read the documentation very carefully  :-[

    So, do we know when the 82580 cards will be supported?
    [/quote]

    As of 9.0 it's still not supported, at least not in the hardware notes.  The driver compile is actually pretty easy though.

    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,26592.msg140323.html#msg140323


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