CPU proformance on 1gb fiber



  • Hello all  new guy here. Been playing with pfsense for years but never put it in production.

    Here's my setup.
    Core2duo 6320
    4gb ram
    1 PCI express 1gig fiber card
    1 onboard gig nic

    Running on the latest stable release, would I have any issues if I was pushing 2 gb in total bandwidth? Also I would only be using pfsense to route a /24 from upstream to smaller /28 or smaller vlans. No dhcp, maybe 1-2 VPN users with very min use



  • CPU seems fine, biggest issue is what kind of NICs you have. Intel NICs tend to be very good, there are better brands, but they cost a lot more.



  • Are you asking about the fiber card or the onboard NIC?

    Its and older ECS elite board that i think has a realtek chip in it.

    the fiber card is a addon brand open sfp fiber card.

    I just want to make sure that we can live on this for a while till we upgrade to 10gb uplink



  • RealTek is hit and miss. Some work "ok", some crap out. I saw someone showing their RealTek trying to do something like 80k interrupts per second. Pretty much killed the system. Intel seems to work really well, but there are a few other brands that are even better from what I hear, but they're too expensive for me.



  • Well I installed the OS today, and came up with this realtek chip 8168/8111 B/C/CP/D/DP/E/F/G

    See my post https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=93797.0 At first i thought something was maybe bad drivers.

    Anywho after installing i noticed i had 3% cpu idle with NO traffic at all… makes me wonder if it will handle a full gig