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Intel gigabit NIC card - ?? which one to buy

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January 26, 2009 6:30:31 PM

hi guys...

i am trying to figure out which NIC card to buy...

i am looking at Intel's gigabit single port, copper, rj-45 cards...

Intel CT vs. Intel PT gigabit cards...

the chipset difference is: CT = 82574 ... PT = 82572-GI

on Intels' web site, the PT is recommended for "servers" while the CT is recommended for "desktops"... yet the CT has a newer chip...

i cannot find what the real difference is between these 2 NIC cards...

any and all help would be appreciated ....

by the way, cost for CT = $30 and PT = $48, both at newegg
January 27, 2009 12:15:47 AM

Check and see if they both have on-board controllors. Some nics use the cpu for the controllor. An onboard will give you better transfers and free up the cpu to do other stuff. Not that it would be that much with the way CPUs are now.
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