Motherboard ethernet vs PCI-x card
I'm recycling an old server as a firewall. Its an HL DL580 g3. 4GBram, scsi disks.
The quick specs are here:
My question is if I should expect better throughput from the built-in ethernet ports on the motherboard or from a PCI-x card, something like this:
http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/gigabit-network-adapters/pro-1000-mt-dp.html which I have available.
With it being server grade kit I'm wondering if there's much if anything to be gained.
I am looking for a 1 wan 1 lan config for now moving to a 2 wan 1 lan config.
The WAN is 65MB BT Fibre. There are 10 users and some streaming video requirements.
Just wondering what you would do?
Whether they are on-board or not the NICs must be connected via some bus or other. Looking at the spec sheet:
Network Controller: Embedded NC7782 PCI-X Gigabit Server Adapter
It appears the on-board ethernet is also PCI-X. It then comes down to the bus speed as to whether or not it would be faster.
I would say it's not much different.
The NC7782 is a Broadcom based NIC which are generally well thought of under FreeBSD, second only to Intel.