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LAN card or onboard LAN?

By AtK SpAdE ยท 5 replies
Apr 29, 2005
  1. I am going to a LAN party over the weekend and i am looking for top performance from my Rig. So i have a question about my onboard LAN I have an Asus board with onboard realtek 10/100 Ethernet. Now i cant remeber where but i know someone told me that getting a seperate NIC would Be a better option. Is there any benefits from using a seperate NIC? Thanks


    BTW-I know this seems a bit redicilous but im just really picky!
  2. kol_indian

    kol_indian TS Rookie Posts: 316

    cpu utilization

    the diffrence will be in the cpu utilization of the onbaord nic and the seperate nic,

    in my board asus k8n it is designed such that it will take less use of the cpu,

    obiviosly a onboard lan card will take more out of ur cpu than a seperate lan card. :bounce:
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It can also happen that the onboard NIC has a direct link to the southbridge thus avoiding the slowdown of going through the PCI bus. I always get better transfers via the onboard NIC then through a separate NIC card on the PCI slot.
  4. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    My onboard is a 10/100/1000 so boo yaa

    If your LAN party only has like 5 players I wouldn't worry about it. If you have 20 players, overall network traffic would be the problem, not your individual NICs. For example, if you're running on hubs rather than switches.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Your NIC is the least of your problems unless you are planning to do some major file transfers during the game.

    People play games over their internet connections and even a 10Mbit LAN is helluva lot faster and less lagged than any home broadband connection.

    And whether an onboard or offboard NIC is better depends on the chip used. Realtek has a history of cheap and dumb (= CPU hogging) chips. Not sure how they rank nowadays.
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,495


    First of thanks for the qucik response. I will keep the onboard, since the differnce would prob. not be a big advantage. Thanks agian

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