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Intel X520-DA2
8.9 out of 10

Intel X520-DA2

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Reviews and Problems with Intel X520-DA2

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Overall 10
10

working fine without driver

Jeffrey, Amazon
5 June 2015
  • Summary: used on Dell R610 server with Linux Fedora 20, working fine without driver installation
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Overall 8
8.0

Four Stars

Ken D., Amazon
27 April 2015
Overall 10
10

Love the speed

B. Bartel, Amazon
6 January 2015
  • Summary: Fast network card. Love the speed! Reliability has been good so far.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome! great speed

TXAlex, Amazon
25 December 2014
Overall 10
10

Works Great

Central N., Newegg
12 October 2014
  • Summary: Two of these are directly connecting two servers together, DRBD disk replication for two Proxmox nodes. iperf measures the connection at 9.41 Gbps
  • Pros: Simple install, comes with both regular and low-profile brackets, very fast
  • Cons: Expensive
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Overall 10
10

Smokin fast 10Gbps SFP+ dual port adapter

Kevin B., Newegg
8 May 2014
  • Pros: Working like a champ in my vSphere 5.5 home lab. Pushing max theoretical 10G throughput (roughly 9.7Gbps) using iperf VM to VM on different hypervisor hosts hooked to a HP procurve 2910al w/ 2 J9008 dual port 10G SFP+ modules. I used a direct attached copper (DAC)/twinax cables I got off the infa...
  • Cons: None that I know of thus far other than reputable 10G switches are pricey still, at roughly $200 per 10G port you really can't gripe too much for the adapter though if you plan to use twinax and for-go the cost of optics which is great for short-haul.
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Overall 6
6.0

Firmware locked optics

Phil D., Newegg
28 January 2013
  • Summary: Great performance, well supported, but absolutely inexcusable artificial vendor-lock for optics. Look at picking up the Supermicro branded versions of these cards (no firmware lock), or looking elsewhere at Myrinet for a company that makes extremely well performing cards that don't play games that...
  • Pros: These cards work well. Very well supported open source drivers, and well maintained by Intel. They generally Just Work.
  • Cons: Artificially firmware locked to Intel optics. Absolutely unforgivable in a datacenter environment. Want to migrate that Twinax connected server across the room and need to swap to LR optics? You're out of luck and you better hope the entire ops team realizes this before scheduling anything. Lord ...
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Overall 10
10

Works

Anonymous, Newegg
18 December 2012
  • Pros: Generally available to consumers. Working fine with GBIC transceiver by Axiom, model E10GSFPSR-AX and multi mode fiber cable in Windows 2008 R2 with Intel driver version 17.0.200.2 on Supermicro X8DTU-F linked to HP switch.
  • Cons: 10G still too expensive.
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Overall 6
6.0

Fiber adapters missing

Jair, Amazon
25 November 2012
  • Summary: I expected it would come with at least 2 fiber adpapters, what did not occur. I'll have to buy them to use the NIC.
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Overall 10
10

Faster than quad gigabit

Gregory C., Newegg
5 November 2012
  • Pros: When feeding 3Gbaud traffic with standard 1500byte frames thru this NIC, performance is better due to interrupt offloading capabilities, compared to Intel Quad-port gigabit NICs.
  • Cons: None to mention.
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