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October 18, 2011 4:08:01 PM

I have a Linksys 10/100/1000 Gigabit (Model No.: EG1032)
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October 18, 2011 5:31:19 PM

What's the issue exactly.
You would find firmware upgrades/drivers for that card at Cisco site.
Otherwise check your mobo makers website for chipset and lan driver updates.
Or you can run this.
http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect
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October 18, 2011 5:40:38 PM

I'm thinking that maybe they are questioning whether the onboard LAN is substantial enough for their needs or if they should go with an aftermarket ethernet card for better bandwidth/performance.
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October 18, 2011 5:43:31 PM

I really don't see a need for a nic card on a modern board.
All i foresee are issues by adding something that isn't necessary imo.
If your board has RTL8111E PCIe Gigabit LAN just use that like 90% of newer users have onboard.
Probably the most widely used Lan drivers since 2009.
I have 3 mobo's with that chip.
No issues i've encountered to date.
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October 18, 2011 5:44:09 PM

In my opinion, both products would be comparable in performance. Personally I would go with the onboard ethernet and save the power for more effective peripherals.

There are certain ethernet cards out there that do specifically optimize for gaming performance. But maybe someone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but both the listed products seem quite comparable if not identical functionality.

Here's a sample of the "Killer Nic" card, many will argue that there's better options out there, but I more or less wanted to throw down this example for you.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 18, 2011 5:47:15 PM

Go with the onboard LAN ports. There's no need for the NIC card unless you simply need the extra port for whatever reason.
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October 18, 2011 5:48:54 PM

Hmm interesting... I'm not looking for anything "Gamer" grad for an internet card. But when i do i will probably purchase that one.

All in all thank you all for your feedback. I will just be using the onboard.

I may use this card on my server tho... This card has 'Wake On Lan'.. That might be something useful.
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October 18, 2011 5:52:35 PM

Best answer selected by TrinaryAtom.
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