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Re: [vox-tech] What's the real deal with network cards
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Re: [vox-tech] What's the real deal with network cards

I've seen over 9.75 MB/sec sustained for cheap 100 mbit cards on several
year old machines on a non-dedicated network (I.e. shared).

I don't know of any current card that doesn't do full duplex.

Lets take a PII-350, which if memory serves was popular 2 years ago
or so.  It's got a 800 MB/sec memory bus of which 300 ish is usable,
a 133 MB/sec pci bus, of which half or so is usable.  The processor
can execute 350-700 million operations on 32 bit data per second.

Keeping up with a 10 MB/sec stream is 2.5 million 4 byte transfers
to/from the ethernet card.  So thats 140 - 280 instructions per 
32 bit read/write the the video card.  Of course there are other possible
inefficiencies, but the real world tests I've done have backed it up.

Of course driver, kernel, hardware, ram, cpu, cabling, hubs, switches,
who you share the network with, broadcasts, etc all can have effects.

I've had a tulip in a nfs/ftp redhat mirror for campus that was
up for 500 days with no problems, at times I've seen people hit
it hard I.e. several nfs installs going at once.  It's on a 100 mbit
campus connection.  I'd say it's worth $14 (pricewatch).  When

On Thu, Mar 01, 2001 at 12:07:26PM -0800, Mytho X wrote:
> So am I the only one that does disagree?
> What about Full duplex etc...?
> I will give you an example I have several computers at home and some 
> with  more than one network card.  I donated a couple Kensington cards 
> to my wife's work and purchased a 10/100 switch for them.  I thought hey 
> they are only cheap cards.  My home network is a mix of 10MB cards and 
> 100MB cards some with and some without full duplex support.  All of the 
> systems I setup at my wife's work are 100MB nic's with full duplex 
> support.  The short end of the story is that the network I setup for my 
> wife's work rocks and blows away my network at home.
> So why is this a big deal?  Well I have two systems with Ati all in 
> wonder pro cards in them and I am looking into building another box as a 
> setup personal video recorder.  I would like to be able to stream video 
> to all of the other computers in my house.  For this I am sure the 
> network card does matter.
> Stephen

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