The 10 GbE NIC

An Illustrated Guide to Making the Move to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
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The 10 GbE NIC

Discrete add-in controllers were the norm for enterprise network adapters long before on-board designs came along, and they remain popular today as upgrade options as well as the de facto format for servers needing multiple networking ports. This is a view of Intel’s X540-T2 network adapter with the passive heatsink removed. The PCI Express x8 card features two RJ45 ports, a 13.4W TDP, and $513 recommended list price.

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