Intel NIC gains for a file server?

  • Apologies if this is a little off topic.

    I am installing a pfsense firewall into a start up business - couple of local clients, couple of vpn connections. I also have to source and set up a file / web server, which will run Ubuntu server. For the server would I see any gains by having a mobo with an Intel NIC over a cheaper board with a Realtek NIC? Anyone care to recommend a mobo: decent amount of sata connections, gb lan, pref onboard graphics, the more pcie the better but only really need one atm.

  • For servicing clients on the local network where they may be able to pull up to 1 Gbps, definitely. Better quality NIC will be faster and chew up less of the server's CPU.