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Date:      Tue, 21 Nov 2006 08:22:15 -0500
From:      Nathan Vidican <nvidican@wmptl.com>
To:        Frank Bonnet <f.bonnet@esiee.fr>
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: NIC driver question
Message-ID:  <4562FD87.1080105@wmptl.com>
In-Reply-To: <4562CF3D.1070203@esiee.fr>
References:  <4562CF3D.1070203@esiee.fr>

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Frank Bonnet wrote:
> Hello
>
> I will receive in few days my new mail server the machine will
> be an IBM X3650 bi xeon.
>
> I wonder what would be the "best" network interface to
> plug in (if necessary) as I don't know for now what is
> the builtin interfaces in this machine.
>
> To be clear I'm asking gurus on what is the "best FreeBSD supported"
> NIC driver to avoid eventual perfomances problems.
>
> Thanks a lot.
As for 100mbit cards:

Hands-down, Intel 'fxp'-driven cards... rock solid in terms of 
performance and stability; never had a single unit go bad, used hundreds 
of them, including dual and quad-port cards.

On the gigabit side:

I've had great luck with broadcom cards using the 'bge' driver, and a 
few intel cards utilizing the 'em', but nothing real extensive or 
saturated enough to authoratively say they work under extreme pressure 
or anything. I've got a couple of dual-opteron servers here with dual 
on-board broadcom gigabit cards that have ben running flawlessly for 
over 2 years now, (uptime 378 days on one, the others were rebooted 
several weeks ago to be relocated to a different rack). Knock-on-wood, 
no panics or mysterious network outages as of yet - so I'd say they're 
fairly stable - but again, never end up near saturated over here to give 
you an answer on performance.

Anyhow, just my two cents - if you don't need gigabit, ya can't go wrong 
with Intel 'fxp'-driven cards :)

--
Nathan Vidican
nvidican@wmptl.com




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