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Re: best NIC Speed

On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 09:06:28AM +1100, Donovan Baarda wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-01-14 at 08:33, Jean-Francois Dive wrote:
> > i agree, but not specially for the hardware quality of the Pro/X intel card
> > serie,  but for the quality of the driver which have been developed by intel
> > and give out very good perf. The core issue is the driver and not the hardware
> > in a lot of cases.
> This is a very important point. Crap hardware with good drivers is
> better than good hardware with crap drivers. The more widespread a piece
> of hardware is, the more people care/work on the drivers, the better the
> drivers are.

I think I agree, to a point ... some hardware is so crappy that it
can't be disguised by perfume from a great driver.  For instance, the
realtek drivers must do an excessive amount of copying due to weird
alignment issues with the realtek chipset.
> The crappy Realtek hardware works reliably for me... but admittedly I
> haven't pushed it hard or cared about performance. I know at least one
> person who abandoned an intel NIC for a Realtek because they couldn't
> get the intel working (probably at the time it was a case of a new NIC
> with no drivers yet, but still an issue).

I have avoided Intel enet cards for 4+ years now because of driver
issues.  OTOH, I also avoid realtek cards after I had a few fall over
while trying to keep up on a busy network ...

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