Summary: Listing is for an "Intel X540-T2" adapter. What I received was an "Intel 10G 2P X540-t" adapter. Picture in the listing and the question/answers all indicate a PASSIVELY cooled adapter. The one I received has a [loud] fan. Not what I was looking for and does not match the listing description.
Summary: It can work, but has some issues with link speed. I haven't yet purchased the 10Gb switch, and have it connected to a 10/100/1000 D-Link switch. When I first installed it, it took a minute or so, but linked up at 1 Gbps speeds.
Summary: Overall you can't beat Intel network cards in the server market. They are fast, reliable, and the most stable drivers on the market. Even if you don't have a 10Gb switch this is still a good card to put in your server, as that is one less thing that needs configuration when you do upgrade your...
Pros: Dual network ports over RJ45. Backwards compatible with FE and GE (100Mbps and 1Gbps) Comes with standard and low profile brackets No drivers needed for VM Ware ESXi (5.5.0 u2 tested), Citrix XenServer (7.2 and 7.3 tested)
Cons: Does not come with a driver disc requires airflow to stay cool
Summary: In the world of servers reliability and stability is key. Intel network cards are in my opinion your only choice. They have extremely stable drivers for every server OS, and I've never had an Intel network card fail in the 14 years that I've been doing server support.
Pros: Dual 10Gbase-T (RJ45) ports in one slot Intel Reliability and stability Low profile bracket included Supported by EVERY server OS
Summary: Works great for our intranet on a 10Gbs switch. This one came with the low-profile bracket we wanted, some do not. Speeds are amazing, not quite 10Gbs of throughput, but about 8x faster than our 1Gbs switch.
Pros: Very fast and drivers are built-in to Windows 2012. Works in a Thecus NAS. Bought 3 for a cluster.
Cons: If the card gets hot, it will disconnect the links and shows the link as disabled in Windows. Not for use in an open case or in a room above 80F. Probably good to have a side fan installed or installed next to a graphics card with a fan.
Summary: The X540T2 is rock solid with great driver support. However, be careful where you order. I ordered the Intel X540T2 from one of the marketplace sellers here, and instead received apparently used Dell OEM parts with active cooling and no brackets.
Brackets... and other crucial consumer necessary details
Joseph Earl Johnson Jr., Amazon
12 March 2014
Summary: I have 4 of the X520 cards, and the OEM version only comes with a low profile bracket attached. This Description doesn't specify whether this is consumer or OEM. It doesn't specify which bracket sizes are attached... for PCIe slot cards...