Descrete NIC worth it in an old PC?

I have an old Compaq Presario s4000j (its like 5 or 6 years old). I have no idea what my current connection speed is or what my Comcast cable is capable of. The manual for my motherboard doesn't say what the ethernet connection speed is. What would be the best way to answer those questions (well, I guess technically they're statements, but whatever)? Would one of the cheap 10/100/1000 NICs be worth it? Would I actually see a difference?

Thanks as always!
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  1. If you have an ethernet port onboard use it. Its speed will be 10/100. A Gig ethernet port 10/100/1000 will only give you a speedup on a LAN that supports 10/100/1000.
  2. According to this http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Hewlett-Packard-Compaq-Presario-S4000J-P8655X-ABA you have a 10/100 network adapter. So no I don't think you would see a difference by adding a discrete nic.

    Remember ..... Google is you friend !
  3. Wanker79 said:
    I have an old Compaq Presario s4000j (its like 5 or 6 years old). I have no idea what my current connection speed is or what my Comcast cable is capable of. The manual for my motherboard doesn't say what the ethernet connection speed is. What would be the best way to answer those questions (well, I guess technically they're statements, but whatever)? Would one of the cheap 10/100/1000 NICs be worth it? Would I actually see a difference?

    Thanks as always!


    If you have an ethernet connection on your motherboard is should be sufficient for internet browsing since your internet connection is very unlikely to use anything more than 10Mbi/s. Unless you paid for high end cable internet connection I wouldn't expect you to need to upgrade to a discrete card.

    If you don't have a ethernet port on your motherboard a discrete card for 10/100 is probably only $10, and it might be worth it if you have someone needing it for just browsing the internet and free up your own system.
  4. Kind of off topic:

    Here is a quite accurate website to measure your Internet speed:
    http://www.speedtest.net/

    My results:
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311080238.png
  5. You will see a difference if you transfer files from PC to PC, which would reside on the same network.

    I remember transfering 2gb on a 10/100, to where I was getting about 9-12mb transfer, then chaning out my router switch with a 10/100/1000. The same transfer was around 26mb. Took more then half the time to transfer the files which was nice.

    Although you won't see a difference internet wise since your not going to have the same kind of connection. You can't have 1gb connection, for say a 10mb cable modem.

    Edit:

    Another way of looking at it... Say your car can go 120 mph, but yet your on a residential street limited to 25mph.
  6. Shadow703793 said:
    Kind of off topic:

    Here is a quite accurate website to measure your Internet speed:
    http://www.speedtest.net/

    My results:
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311080238.png

    stop being 8 times faster than me on a good day dammit!
  7. I'm basically in NE:



    I have a nice shot to CA. :D
  8. One of the benefits of college dorm life:

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311093548.png
  9. Shadow703793 said:
    Kind of off topic:

    Here is a quite accurate website to measure your Internet speed:
    http://www.speedtest.net/

    My results:
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311080238.png


    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311092811.png
    That sounds a little high to me, pretty sure we're not paying for anything like that!

    *shrug* I might be wrong or it might be wrong...
  10. cjl said:
    One of the benefits of college dorm life:

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311093548.png


    66MB/s???

    Is that actual internet connection speed or is your uni server the server they use to test speeds from?
  11. Don't ya guys miss the old 56k modem days?? :oops:
  12. lol, my mobile (cell) tops out at just over 60k download speed! And that's just on the 3G+
  13. mi1ez said:
    66MB/s???

    Is that actual internet connection speed or is your uni server the server they use to test speeds from?

    That's actual internet speed, though you almost never find a server fast enough to really use it. For example, I get this from Las Vegas:

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311097420.png

    Actually, it isn't even all that bad from Australia:

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/311097953.png
  14. Grimmy said:
    Although you won't see a difference internet wise since your not going to have the same kind of connection. You can't have 1gb connection, for say a 10mb cable modem.

    Edit:

    Another way of looking at it... Say your car can go 120 mph, but yet your on a residential street limited to 25mph.


    That's kinda what I was thinking. But how would I figure out what my cable model connection speed is?
  15. The above test should give you an idea.
  16. Wouldn't that just give me what my current NIC is capable of using? How is that going to tell me what my cable modem is capable of putting out?
  17. Because if it is less than the NIC is capable of you know the limitation is your connection speed via the cable modem.
  18. :whistle:

    Wow, that answer was pretty obvious. I guess I'll stop asking stupid questions atleast until I can get on my home PC and run that speed test.
  19. nforce NICs already have TCP/IP checksum offload... is there any benefit in terms of CPU utilization to having an add-in NIC?
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