Onboard or pci-e ethernet adapters better

Discussion in 'Technical Support' started by Adam, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Adam


    Jan 20, 2011
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    I'm having two computers with marvell onboard Gb lan controllers- P5B Deluxe and P6X58D-E. The P5B never showed 1000Gbps speeds to select in the configure option untill i installed the latest drivers from marvell. Both are connected via a cat6 patch cord. On my P5B after the connection is recognized, it always shows up a pop-up box saying the network connection does not have full connectivity and that 1Gbps speed is not available. Why is this?

    1) Is it because I'm using a patch cord, instead of a crossover cable. But does'nt the onboard LAN ports have auto-sensing for the type of connection.

    2) Due to this problem, I decided to buy two Gbit pci-e network adapter cards for the two computers. Is this move needed?
    Will it solve my problem. If so, More importantly, will it improve the network performance considerably?

    I may buy a Gigabit ethernet switch later, with the addition of one more computer.
    So, A) is it better to use the onboard lan ports and route it through a multi-port gigabit ethernet switch.

    Or B) Buy a single port pci-e Gbit ethernet adapter card for two of them, and a dual-port Gbit adapter for the main system.

    Which would give me flawless performance?

    [ Note; I do professional audio work involving routing of many ( at least 60 stereo tracks at 48Khz - 24Bit ) between the two computers in real time ]

    Thanx in advance
    Adam, Jun 11, 2011
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