I've recently bought a new motherboard for my desktop computer. So far I am please with all its features it has to offer. The only concern I have is on it's on-board NIC which comes with a Realtek 8111F. I've mostly read negative reviews for Realtek LAN cards. To me the NIC card is the most important component in the system as I use the internet frequently for HD streaming, gaming, video conferencing, and even work with virtual networks in VM's. I also care a lot about data integrity (making sure transmission goes smoothly etc..)
For quality's sake, should I get an Intel Gigabit NIC? I've been using Intel's based NICs for years without much issue. Or, is the current onboard NIC sufficient? Share your experiences...
If it's on the board, it's because it can handle pretty much everything and without problem. Adding a new card would be like ... Trading Kingston memory for Corsair memory because it's red insted of blue ... (bad comparison but anyway)
realtek is absolutely fine, used them many times. you only need an Intel nic if there is a specific reason you need intel or want advance features like QoS etc which you won't ever use in a home/desktop environment