Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter

Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter (EXPI9301CT)

PCI Express - 1 x RJ-45 - 10/100/1000Base-T - Internal

$49.45 In Stock
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Description

The Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter offers the newest technology for maximizing system performance and increasing end-user productivity. Specifically, the Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter uses auto-negotiation to ensure the adapter runs at the highest available network speed (10, 100, or 1000 Mbps), and it maintains full bandwidth capacity with the dedicated bandwidth of a PCI Express input/output (I/O) bus to provide connectivity you can count on. Based on the low-power Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controller, this desktop adapter offers optimal performance in a low-cost, low-power, compact profile. Teaming support and an array of other advanced features enable customers to utilize this adapter as an entry-level server adapter as well.

Main Features

  • Host Interface: PCI Express
  • Number of Ports: 1
  • Interfaces/Ports: 1 x RJ-45
  • Twisted Pair Cable Standard: Category 5e
  • Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
  • Form Factor: Internal
  • Dimensions: 119 mm Height x 120 mm Width x 55.40 mm Thickness
  • Compatibility:
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 2) [Service Pack 3 is to be released mid-year]
  • Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
  • Linux RHEL 4.6
  • Linux Kernel version 2.6.24
  • Linux Kernel version 2.4.36.2
  • RHEL 5.1
  • SLES 9 SP4
  • SLES 10 SP1
  • FreeBSD 7.0
  • DOS
  • DOSODI
  • SCO OpenServer 6/Unixware 7.1.x
  • Novell Netware 6.5
  • Xen
  • FreeBSD 5.x or later
  • ESX 3.x support (for VMware)
  • Green Compliance: Yes
  • Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
  • Standard Warranty: Lifetime Limited
  • General Information

    Product TypeGigabit Ethernet Card
    Brand NameIntel
    ManufacturerIntel Corporation
    Product NameGigabit CT Desktop Adapter
    Manufacturer Part NumberEXPI9301CT
    Manufacturer Website Addresswww.intel.com
    Marketing Information

    The Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter offers the newest technology for maximizing system performance and increasing end-user productivity. Specifically, the Intel Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter uses auto-negotiation to ensure the adapter runs at the highest available network speed (10, 100, or 1000 Mbps), and it maintains full bandwidth capacity with the dedicated bandwidth of a PCI Express input/output (I/O) bus to provide connectivity you can count on. Based on the low-power Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controller, this desktop adapter offers optimal performance in a low-cost, low-power, compact profile. Teaming support and an array of other advanced features enable customers to utilize this adapter as an entry-level server adapter as well.

    Packaged Quantity1

    Interfaces/Ports

    Number of Ports1
    Interfaces/Ports1 x RJ-45
    Host InterfacePCI Express

    Media & Performance

    Twisted Pair Cable StandardCategory 5e

    Network & Communication

    Network Technology10/100/1000Base-T

    Physical Characteristics

    Form FactorInternal
    Dimensions119 mm Height x 120 mm Width x 55.40 mm Thickness

    Miscellaneous

    Green ComplianceYes
    Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
    Compatibility
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows XP (Service Pack 2) [Service Pack 3 is to be released mid-year]
  • Windows Vista (Service Pack 1)
  • Linux RHEL 4.6
  • Linux Kernel version 2.6.24
  • Linux Kernel version 2.4.36.2
  • RHEL 5.1
  • SLES 9 SP4
  • SLES 10 SP1
  • FreeBSD 7.0
  • DOS
  • DOSODI
  • SCO OpenServer 6/Unixware 7.1.x
  • Novell Netware 6.5
  • Xen
  • FreeBSD 5.x or later
  • ESX 3.x support (for VMware)
  • Warranty

    Standard WarrantyLifetime Limited
    May 12, 2011 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Comes with both standard and lo-profile brackets.
    Just works.
    Cons: None.
    It's an Intel NIC. It works. Not a surprise. It is quite nice that it can be used in lo-profile PCIe slots. Works great in my test VMware cluster.
    May 5, 2011 goda17 says:
    Pros: Cheapest PCIe NIC that works with VMWare ESXi.
    Cons: none
    Why don't more MB makers use Intel NICs onboard? Price, of course. Still, it would be nice if more used them.
    April 9, 2011 Abby says:
    Pros: Easy installation. Works.
    Cons: The blinking lights that are supposed to indicate activity and link status don't work on the card I got. It's fully functional otherwise, though, so not a big deal.
    No noticeable performance improvement for the average small business LAN. I got it because I need two Ethernet ports on one machine, and not for any performance-related reasons. Cpu offloading? So what, I have a quad-core ...
    April 3, 2011 Tom says:
    Using this adapter for VM ESX. It is recognized by ESX but had to monkey with speed and duplex settings. Not sure if it was adapter or cable. Half height card…
    March 24, 2011 N8THEGR8 says:
    Pros: This little Network Card does a great job. Much faster then my PCI (non-express) card and it's manufactured by intel.
    Cons: None
    This little Network Card does a great job. Much faster then my PCI (non-express) card and it's manufactured by intel. None Install was a breeze. Get the latest drivers from Intel's site
    March 9, 2011 KERRY says:
    Works well, but a pain to install with no drivers supplied. Trying to find the correct driver on Intel's site is also a pain.
    February 27, 2011 Anonymous says:
    Pros: works great on a xeon server no complaints.
    have had it almost a year
    Cons: none
    works great on a xeon server no complaints.
    have had it almost a year none
    February 26, 2011 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Cheep
    Cons: I was looking for a desktop adapter to upgrade our office PCs to match the Gigabit Linksys switch they are connected to. PCs run Vista SP2 and I thought Intel EXPI9301CT will do ? it?s "Intel inside". I was surprised after installing the card and drivers Vista reports speed of only 100Mbps. On the same switch with same cable work Win2003x64 server with Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II runs at 1Gbps. I?ll try to upgrade the Vista drivers (if available) but this is not what I have expected from Intel. I guess cheap is always cheap.
    Cheep I was looking for a desktop adapter to upgrade our office PCs to match the Gigabit Linksys switch they are connected to. PCs run Vista SP2 and I thought Intel EXPI9301CT will do ? it?s "Intel inside". I was surprised after installing the card and drivers Vista reports speed of only 100Mbps. On the same switch with same cable work Win2003x64 server with Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II runs at 1Gbps. I?ll try to upgrade the Vista drivers (if available) but this is not what I have expected from Intel. I guess cheap is always cheap.
    February 11, 2011 Stief says:
    Pros: -Slapped it in, it works flawlessly
    -Transfers somewhere around 102MB/sec, or so says my other computers.
    I'm happy with it
    Cons: none!
    -Slapped it in, it works flawlessly
    -Transfers somewhere around 102MB/sec, or so says my other computers.
    I'm happy with it none! Didn't really need the low profile bracket, but hey, it's a good thing to have one more of for my other computers!
    February 7, 2011 CCIE candidate says:
    Pros: My onboard nic lists all of the snazy performance features that this NIC does, HOWEVER, testing has revealed it cannot do them all of the same time. This is why Intel Nics are better. You can have your offloading and your jumbo frames too. And you can have all the above with teaming and vlans. This NIC works awsome in UBUNTU as well. I was able to validate that all of the snazy features work there as well. I love this NIC, it's proved that they are NOT all created the same.
    Cons: Wish it or Intel had a consumer grade nic/proc supporting I/OAT just becuase most folks will not max out a GIGe connection dosen't mean we don't like extra cpu cycles back.
    My onboard nic lists all of the snazy performance features that this NIC does, HOWEVER, testing has revealed it cannot do them all of the same time. This is why Intel Nics are better. You can have your offloading and your jumbo frames too. And you can have all the above with teaming and vlans. This NIC works awsome in UBUNTU as well. I was able to validate that all of the snazy features work there as well. I love this NIC, it's proved that they are NOT all created the same. Wish it or Intel had a consumer grade nic/proc supporting I/OAT just becuase most folks will not max out a GIGe connection dosen't mean we don't like extra cpu cycles back. only some broadcom/nvidia nics support chimney (TOE) and those are $$$.$$ (nvidia put it on some old AMD mbs)
    Only multicore xeons support I/OAT and all 3 proc/chipset/nic have to
    February 2, 2011 frenchyaz says:
    Pros: Gigabyte Ethernet, fast, works with Win 7/2008/ESXi, can be teamed with Realtek nics, comes with cd and low profile bracket in a sealed box.
    Cons: none so far, price?
    Gigabyte Ethernet, fast, works with Win 7/2008/ESXi, can be teamed with Realtek nics, comes with cd and low profile bracket in a sealed box. none so far, price? It is a network card and it seeems to work fairly well. Can be teamed with up to 8 cards total using cat 6 RJ45 cable and Gigabyte ethernet switch.
    February 1, 2011 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works well with Server 2008 R2 and in an ESXi server. Relatively small, works with Linux distros well too. Excellent speeds.
    Cons: None. Just as advertised.
    Works well with Server 2008 R2 and in an ESXi server. Relatively small, works with Linux distros well too. Excellent speeds. None. Just as advertised. Great card, works just as described. Worth the money.
    January 29, 2011 Voodoo says:
    Pros: Installed on WinXP with no problems
    Cons: Did not come with driver cd. Had to download drivers from website.
    Installed on WinXP with no problems Did not come with driver cd. Had to download drivers from website.
    January 28, 2011 Willie says:
    Pros: Works as advertised. Comes with a SFF bracket in case you need it.
    Cons: As another reviewer posted, I had to bend the (regular) bracket slightly to get it to screw in to the case or else it would try and pull the card out of the PCIe slot. It looks to me like the board needed to be about 1/4" longer toward the bracket edge in order to fit normally.
    Works as advertised. Comes with a SFF bracket in case you need it. As another reviewer posted, I had to bend the (regular) bracket slightly to get it to screw in to the case or else it would try and pull the card out of the PCIe slot. It looks to me like the board needed to be about 1/4" longer toward the bracket edge in order to fit normally. Drivers not natively available on Windows XP x64, but can find them automatically and download them if you have another Internet connection available to the computer. I believe other reviewers have posted download links for those that need them.
    January 12, 2011 still-having-fun says:
    Pros: Fantastic. I'm getting 60 to 80 MB/s second file transfers.
    Cons: None
    Fantastic. I'm getting 60 to 80 MB/s second file transfers. None It is running in a Windows 7/64 desktop system, connected to a NetGear Gig-E switch, transferring to what ever adapter is built into my Supermicro Atom D510 server board running Samba and Ubuntu Server. I've never had such high transfer rates "out of the box" from a desktop gig-E network adapter. Usually I've had to fiddle with them to get anything close to what Gig-E is capable of. Not this. I'm sold on Intel ethernet cards. The driver for the not-so-good gig-E controller on my motherboard locks up in Win 7/64.... it was stable in Vista but never a stellar performer. This is sooo much better.
    January 3, 2011 Utopian says:
    Pros: Works well as an ESXi network card.
    Cons: None
    Works well as an ESXi network card. None
    January 2, 2011 Anonymous says:
    Pros: It just works. Onboard LAN wouldn't do 1gbs for some reason. I installed this card and Win7pro64bit instantly recognized it and I was up and running in no time. This card gave me a slight bump in my max download speeds and transfers from my desktop to my WHS box are blistering fast.
    Cons: None
    It just works. Onboard LAN wouldn't do 1gbs for some reason. I installed this card and Win7pro64bit instantly recognized it and I was up and running in no time. This card gave me a slight bump in my max download speeds and transfers from my desktop to my WHS box are blistering fast. None Just get this.
    December 27, 2010 webmaster56 says:
    Pros: Install eazy and drivers installed no problem with disk included.
    Cons: None
    Install eazy and drivers installed no problem with disk included. None None
    December 26, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: It works
    Cons: None
    It works None I had trouble after upgrading my system to Windows 7 with the integrated NIC, so I decided to replace it with this card as an alternative. Never have had an issue since, does exactly what it is suppose to...works!
    December 25, 2010 edad says:
    Work Great. Breeze to install.
    December 22, 2010 BlueScreenofDeath says:
    Pros: Easy Install
    numerous settings
    1GB
    Cons: None
    Easy Install
    numerous settings
    1GB None
    December 21, 2010 john says:
    Pros: I think Intel makes the best NICs. I have 5 or 6 of these around the house. Good drivers, even under linux. Relatively easy link aggregation in linux and windows. I get ~110MB/s transfers from Vista desktop to ClearOS server.
    Cons: Cost a little more, but they're worth it.
    I think Intel makes the best NICs. I have 5 or 6 of these around the house. Good drivers, even under linux. Relatively easy link aggregation in linux and windows. I get ~110MB/s transfers from Vista desktop to ClearOS server. Cost a little more, but they're worth it.
    December 20, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: PCIe Gigabit with an intel chipset- seems solid. No complaints here and (obvious?) linux support is a bonus.
    Cons: none
    PCIe Gigabit with an intel chipset- seems solid. No complaints here and (obvious?) linux support is a bonus. none
    December 17, 2010 frustrated says:
    Pros: Installed easy enough...
    Cons: Won't work in XP...must find driver. Works good in linux. Have a duel boot system. Bought it to play games in XP but it won't connect to the internet in same. Might be able to download the driver in linux and reboot to windows.
    It should have come with a cd. What a pain!
    Installed easy enough... Won't work in XP...must find driver. Works good in linux. Have a duel boot system. Bought it to play games in XP but it won't connect to the internet in same. Might be able to download the driver in linux and reboot to windows.
    It should have come with a cd. What a pain!
    December 16, 2010 KXSwa says:
    Pros: Fast! Frees up resources instead of using integrated NIC!
    Great Linux Support!
    Cons: Feeds the Intel money machine... :(
    Fast! Frees up resources instead of using integrated NIC!
    Great Linux Support! Feeds the Intel money machine... :( Frankly, I don't like Intel, for anything. But I have to admit, this is a good product with good linux support.
    I got this from another vendor, but I got it because:
    December 14, 2010 goetschj says:
    Pros: Fast. Easy to install. Should be reliable enough.
    Cons: None
    Fast. Easy to install. Should be reliable enough. None Updated to Gigabit network, fantastic speeds.
    December 10, 2010 fratchwaggon says:
    Pros: Used for a DD-WRT Gigabit Router. A bit of work to get the drivers working but it was my fist time working with DD-WRT.
    Cheap, enough features for basic uses like this
    Cons: not 'server grade'
    Used for a DD-WRT Gigabit Router. A bit of work to get the drivers working but it was my fist time working with DD-WRT.
    Cheap, enough features for basic uses like this not 'server grade' 104 MB/s (81%) routed with 3500+ connections using utorrent spanning 10 PC's.
    December 7, 2010 Will31 says:
    Pros: Is really good at what it's supposed to do. Has greatly improved online gaming and video chat compared to my onboard network adapter (Realtek, on an ASUS X58 Sabertooth)
    Cons: None.
    Is really good at what it's supposed to do. Has greatly improved online gaming and video chat compared to my onboard network adapter (Realtek, on an ASUS X58 Sabertooth) None. It is absolutley plug and play. Really nice. Comparing this to the onboard lan on the Asus X58 Sabertooth. A really good upgrade.
    December 5, 2010 PaulC says:
    Pros: Card works flawlessly and the installation is a breeze.
    Cons: None
    Card works flawlessly and the installation is a breeze. None
    November 30, 2010 solder says:
    Pros: great card, easy install, no special drivers required for Linux, comes with half height backplane adapter.
    Cons: none.
    great card, easy install, no special drivers required for Linux, comes with half height backplane adapter. none.
    November 30, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: No driver cd needed for Windows 7, Vista, Ubuntu or CentOS. Installed without any issues
    Cons: None
    No driver cd needed for Windows 7, Vista, Ubuntu or CentOS. Installed without any issues None It's a NIC people. Works at for 1000Mbps when on a 1GB network.
    November 28, 2010 Mister Bouregard says:
    Pros: Does its job as described.
    Cons: None so far.
    Does its job as described. None so far. Purchased this to replace an "el cheapo" PCI NIC that died on me. Filled the PCI slot with a USB card, so a PCIe card was required.
    November 27, 2010 JohnC says:
    Pros: What else can I say here, it works great and was easy to install.
    Cons: None
    What else can I say here, it works great and was easy to install. None
    November 25, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Easy installation in Win XP and Ubuntu. Ubuntu automatically detected it and installed the driver.
    Cons: You get an additional information screen while booting for the Intel Boot Agent. This can be disabled using BootUtil.exe.
    Easy installation in Win XP and Ubuntu. Ubuntu automatically detected it and installed the driver. You get an additional information screen while booting for the Intel Boot Agent. This can be disabled using BootUtil.exe.
    November 24, 2010 stratchevelle says:
    Pros: Plugged it in the mobo, Windows 7 recognized it upon startup. Connected me to my network in seconds. Haven't dropped my connection yet to date. Verizon FIOS.
    Cons: None so far!
    Plugged it in the mobo, Windows 7 recognized it upon startup. Connected me to my network in seconds. Haven't dropped my connection yet to date. Verizon FIOS. None so far!
    November 11, 2010 Kino says:
    Pros: I ordered on Wednesday around 12:02 p.m. It arrived the next day at 3 p.m.! Windows 7 Ult 64 picked it up right away, took less than 2-3 seconds to auto-install, and I was online. No extra work required. Just getting started with it, but shipping, install, and initial response is amazing.
    Cons: It's not free. It also took a little work to get it to sit flush with the Mobo and the case. Using an ATX full tower desktop, but after 2-3 inserts it went in pretty well.
    I ordered on Wednesday around 12:02 p.m. It arrived the next day at 3 p.m.! Windows 7 Ult 64 picked it up right away, took less than 2-3 seconds to auto-install, and I was online. No extra work required. Just getting started with it, but shipping, install, and initial response is amazing. It's not free. It also took a little work to get it to sit flush with the Mobo and the case. Using an ATX full tower desktop, but after 2-3 inserts it went in pretty well.
    November 4, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Lots of Driver features, low profile, CPU offloading, reliable performance
    good drivers for both Windows and Unix systems
    Cons: Not free
    Lots of Driver features, low profile, CPU offloading, reliable performance
    good drivers for both Windows and Unix systems Not free
    November 2, 2010 Gin says:
    Pros: I now have 4 of these for all of my PC's.
    2 of them are in an ESXi server
    Cons: None that I can think of.
    I now have 4 of these for all of my PC's.
    2 of them are in an ESXi server None that I can think of. Really beats using onboard NIC's. Speeds greatly improved in my network.
    October 28, 2010 Mike says:
    I have always liked Intel for certain things (like NIC's.) This is compatible with VMware ESX4.0 and 4.1. It came with high and low profile mounts. I would note…
    October 27, 2010 Fire-Flare says:
    Pros: Faster benchmarks than the integrated port that died on me.
    Less heat generated from Northbridge.
    Cons: Tries to boot from the network at startup. Not a huge deal, it gives up after a few seconds.
    Faster benchmarks than the integrated port that died on me.
    Less heat generated from Northbridge. Tries to boot from the network at startup. Not a huge deal, it gives up after a few seconds. Any way to disable that feature?
    October 26, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Does what it should...Win7 picked it up with-out asking durring os install. Can't say about speed other than it seems fine.
    Cons: Don't forget to use the secret password in the picture (thanks prior reviewer)...(Gigabit ct desktop adaptor) if you want to download the driver.
    Does what it should...Win7 picked it up with-out asking durring os install. Can't say about speed other than it seems fine. Don't forget to use the secret password in the picture (thanks prior reviewer)...(Gigabit ct desktop adaptor) if you want to download the driver.
    October 25, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: I bought this to use with my Intel DH57DD motherboard with 16GB of GSkill RAM and an I3-540 processor. This NIC was recognized without any reconfiguration of the ESXi installer. I had no trouble getting all of these components working under ESXi.
    Cons: None
    I bought this to use with my Intel DH57DD motherboard with 16GB of GSkill RAM and an I3-540 processor. This NIC was recognized without any reconfiguration of the ESXi installer. I had no trouble getting all of these components working under ESXi. None This adapter works great, and the price is reasonable. I was able to install ESXi on my system with no reconfiguration.
    October 17, 2010 TheSANman says:
    Pros: Good affordable NIC. Ordered handful of these for Home vmware lab. No issues installing for ESXi 4.1, or Openfiler 2.3 x86. With these NICs driving my iSCSI network I've pulled data to my desktop at 114MB/s. Of course you gotta have the right disk systems to see that...
    Cons: Not a true server NIC.
    Good affordable NIC. Ordered handful of these for Home vmware lab. No issues installing for ESXi 4.1, or Openfiler 2.3 x86. With these NICs driving my iSCSI network I've pulled data to my desktop at 114MB/s. Of course you gotta have the right disk systems to see that... Not a true server NIC. If this was for true production environment I would use true server NICs.
    October 16, 2010 Sysadmin Chris says:
    Pros: So your motherboard's stock NIC sucks? Enter the Intel? Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter. This is a fast, low-latency, desktop-grade PCIE NIC from a trusted name in networking. Marketing hype aside, it doesn't do any of the fancy stuff you'd expect from higher end hardware like the 82576. Still, it does have reasonable feature set for a desktop NIC, such as two Tx/Rx queues, MSI-X (reduces interrupts, spreads work over multiple CPU cores), and interrupt modulation (easy on your CPU and PCIE buss). It also supports -- and most importantly works well with -- jumbo frames (tested in Linux 2.6.32.x with an MTU of 9,000; there's no RFC on this, so 'jumbo' is a loose standard). A lot of cards that claim to support this don't actually work in practice, so I felt it was worth stating.
    Cons: Looking at that tiny fleck of silicon that makes up the 82574L, I can't help but think Intel's profit margins must be incredible on this product. Compared to their bargain bin competitors though, I just can't bring myself to save $20 in exchange for my sanity.
    So your motherboard's stock NIC sucks? Enter the Intel? Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter. This is a fast, low-latency, desktop-grade PCIE NIC from a trusted name in networking. Marketing hype aside, it doesn't do any of the fancy stuff you'd expect from higher end hardware like the 82576. Still, it does have reasonable feature set for a desktop NIC, such as two Tx/Rx queues, MSI-X (reduces interrupts, spreads work over multiple CPU cores), and interrupt modulation
    October 15, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Had an ESXI server popped it in and working perfectly!
    Cons: None
    Had an ESXI server popped it in and working perfectly! None I would say price is fair. I have no problem paying this much for a card like this one.
    October 15, 2010 RUOK2 says:
    Pros: Works great, faster than the stock nic's in MB or even previous Intel Nics. low power usage, speed, gigabit
    Cons: None
    Works great, faster than the stock nic's in MB or even previous Intel Nics. low power usage, speed, gigabit None
    October 5, 2010 Wild Bill says:
    simple to inst a card but needed drivers, cool have to get on line for drivers, OH bummer this card is supposed to get you on line but we sent no drivers. Get…
    September 19, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Install was a breeze with Windows 7 64-bit having a driver already. No noticable change in performance with basic tasks under Windows compared to the onboard Realtek NIC, but network performance under Windows XP running in VirtualBox has increased significantly. No more weird Internet Explorer freeze-ups or flash video issues with virtualized XP, making this upgrade worth it for me.
    Cons: None I can think of.
    Install was a breeze with Windows 7 64-bit having a driver already. No noticable change in performance with basic tasks under Windows compared to the onboard Realtek NIC, but network performance under Windows XP running in VirtualBox has increased significantly. No more weird Internet Explorer freeze-ups or flash video issues with virtualized XP, making this upgrade worth it for me. None I can think of. Same thing as N82E16833106036 but in bulk packaging. Comes with a low-profile bracket but no software.
    Windows and/or Windows Update will have drivers for it but NOT the Intel tools, so downloading the driver and software package from Intel regardless is probably a better bet.
    September 16, 2010 MacK says:
    Pros: The most rock solid desktop Gbit NIC I have found for PCI Express.
    Cons: None
    The most rock solid desktop Gbit NIC I have found for PCI Express. None
    September 15, 2010 Joel says:
    I bought four of these for a pfsense (bsd) box. They work well!!!
    September 15, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Bought these cards to replace the onboard realtek controllers. Not that they were bad, but this application was for a firewall and I wanted a chipset know to be reliable.
    Cons: The backplane shielding needs to include a short shield too. I had to do some "metal working" to make this work in my application.
    Bought these cards to replace the onboard realtek controllers. Not that they were bad, but this application was for a firewall and I wanted a chipset know to be reliable. The backplane shielding needs to include a short shield too. I had to do some "metal working" to make this work in my application.
    September 13, 2010 patrickdk says:
    Pros: Just works, faster than onboard, lower cpu usage.
    Cons: None
    Just works, faster than onboard, lower cpu usage. None onboard realtek started getting flaky, replaced before it went totally bad.
    September 1, 2010 bighead337 says:
    I bought 2 of these as 2nd NIC cards for 2 servers. They work as expected.
    August 30, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Great card. Works well with Linux, had no issues with it at all!
    Cons: None from what I see.
    Great card. Works well with Linux, had no issues with it at all! None from what I see.
    August 20, 2010 Infinitus says:
    Pros: Driverless installation, PCI-e Gigabit adapter, included half-height bracket.
    Cons: Onboard BIOS adds a few seconds to boot times.
    Driverless installation, PCI-e Gigabit adapter, included half-height bracket. Onboard BIOS adds a few seconds to boot times.
    August 18, 2010 jgoldeneyes says:
    Pros: Works great and installation was a breeze. I purchased this card because my onboard NIC's were giving me problems. I was experiencing loss of network connectivity under heavy load. Finally I said I will purchase an add in card. Boy am I glad I did. As soon as it was installed I started to download my toushy off and this card was handling all I threw at it.
    Cons: None so far
    Works great and installation was a breeze. I purchased this card because my onboard NIC's were giving me problems. I was experiencing loss of network connectivity under heavy load. Finally I said I will purchase an add in card. Boy am I glad I did. As soon as it was installed I started to download my toushy off and this card was handling all I threw at it. None so far I should have done this a long time ago. Even though my rig is powerful and the onboard NIC's I have are gigabit ports. There is something to be said for having a dedicated port that uses the PCI express bandwith rather than the Northbridge - Southbridge connection.
    August 3, 2010 John says:
    Used this to replace port that was disabled by lightning. It works great.
    July 29, 2010 John B. says:
    Worked without a hitch under Ubuntu 10.04 x64 Server. If DHCP will not autoconfigure during the install, try the Configure with Hostname option.
    July 28, 2010 pdcnoc says:
    We bought this for our VMWare ESXi whitebox test machine and it works without any problems. There is only one PCI-e slot so make sure you don't need it for…
    July 21, 2010 qman says:
    Pros: Works as advertised. Fast and reliable, what you expect from an Intel network adapter.
    Cons: This particular card requires a fairly recent Linux kernel for the drivers.
    Works as advertised. Fast and reliable, what you expect from an Intel network adapter. This particular card requires a fairly recent Linux kernel for the drivers. Installed in a Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) server, only to find the drivers are not available for that kernel version, and I had to upgrade to 10.04 (Lucid). It works great in it, just be aware that it doesn't work with older kernels.
    July 13, 2010 Kochise says:
    My old nic was not keeping up with the fiber optic speed my new service provider was offering. I liked the intel brand and the price was right. The card was…
    July 12, 2010 Kochise says:
    ... fiber optic speed my new service provider was offering. I liked the intel brand and the price was right. The card was easy to install and once the intel drivers…
    July 8, 2010 beaver235 says:
    this little guy greatly improved my transfer speeds within my home network. Plus it also helped in slightly lowering my ping in online games. Disable your…
    June 25, 2010 compmasta says:
    I bought this nic to expand my main pc to gigabit ethernet. I got it quick from this company and slapped it in. Was really easy to install and configure. Have…
    June 25, 2010 Steve B. says:
    Pros: Easy Install and setup, amazing speeds on small office server!
    Cons: None
    Easy Install and setup, amazing speeds on small office server! None
    June 23, 2010 Jim says:
    True to intel a good product for the money
    June 21, 2010 HHIC says:
    Pros: Compatible with ESXi 4.0. My Gateway FX6831 didn't come with a PCI slot but only PCI Express.
    Cons: Do not ship with Fedex. I purchased Thursday night with priority shipping and overnight. I received it Monday at noon.
    Compatible with ESXi 4.0. My Gateway FX6831 didn't come with a PCI slot but only PCI Express. Do not ship with Fedex. I purchased Thursday night with priority shipping and overnight. I received it Monday at noon. I don't use ESXi 3.5 so I don't know if it's compatible with it. It is compatible with 4.0, though.
    June 11, 2010 Big D says:
    Pros: works like a charm.... according to reviews this is much faster than my Realtek.... but I decided against running it through tests. This will just take a small load off my 4 GHz Core 2 Duo.
    Cons: none.
    works like a charm.... according to reviews this is much faster than my Realtek.... but I decided against running it through tests. This will just take a small load off my 4 GHz Core 2 Duo. none. Intel NIC > Onboard
    June 8, 2010 fixxerup says:
    Pros: Purchased these for a small esxi 4.0 server. After doing a lot of research trying to find a card with supported chip these were the choice. Have had them running with no issues.
    Cons: None
    Purchased these for a small esxi 4.0 server. After doing a lot of research trying to find a card with supported chip these were the choice. Have had them running with no issues. None No issues as usual for me with Intel and would recommend this card to anyone for the same use.
    June 3, 2010 John says:
    Pros: It's a gigabit NIC and seems to work just fine! :-)
    Cons: None
    It's a gigabit NIC and seems to work just fine! :-) None
    June 2, 2010 Angel says:
    Purchased this item for my first server to be used at home for windows 2008 server with dual network card. It works great, not issue installing or finding the…
    May 25, 2010 roozter says:
    Pros: Plugged in, booted up installed intel drivers and running great on Windows Home Server.
    Cons: none so far
    Plugged in, booted up installed intel drivers and running great on Windows Home Server. none so far
    May 20, 2010 AlexF says:
    Pros: - It's an Intel :)
    - Decent, robust drivers. :)
    - Comes with a low-profile bracket.
    Cons: - More expensive than the generic one I bought?
    - It's an Intel :)
    - Decent, robust drivers. :)
    - Comes with a low-profile bracket. - More expensive than the generic one I bought? - Intel has lots of experience making server-grade network adapters and you can get access to a number of the whitepapers without much hassle.
    - Comes in a clear plastic OEM box with low-profile bracket, bundled with driver CD.
    - Currently installed in a PEG 16x slot since I had no other slots to put it in.
    May 15, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Compact size, well supported under Linux, mini pci bracket for those requiring it, has activity LEDs that a lower model does not.
    Cons: PCI bracket required a slight tweak or it would pull the rear edge of the PCI-E connector out of the slot. Price seems a little bit steep.
    Compact size, well supported under Linux, mini pci bracket for those requiring it, has activity LEDs that a lower model does not. PCI bracket required a slight tweak or it would pull the rear edge of the PCI-E connector out of the slot. Price seems a little bit steep.
    May 15, 2010 Logan says:
    Works with Win 7 64 bit. Uber easy, plug it in and loads up the first time.
    May 11, 2010 Matt's Review says:
    Pros: Ahh. The smell of a fresh PCIe card. Nothing quite like it. This is another quality built Intel Gigabit NIC. Works much faster than the built in Realtek NIC I was using for my Windows Home Server Vail project. Noticeable improvment on transfers and website browsing. Can't say enough good things about it.
    Cons: None
    Ahh. The smell of a fresh PCIe card. Nothing quite like it. This is another quality built Intel Gigabit NIC. Works much faster than the built in Realtek NIC I was using for my Windows Home Server Vail project. Noticeable improvment on transfers and website browsing. Can't say enough good things about it. None I wanted to purchase a cheaper $10 card but at this price for a controller based PCIe card you can't beat it. The cheaper cards have the same Realtek chip as the onboard NICs so I wanted an upgrade. I am glad I spent a few more dollars.
    May 7, 2010 ctirado says:
    Pros: This was one of the least expensive ESXi compatible NICs. Was recognized by ESXi without issue. Has been working fine along with an Athlon II X4 630, 8 Gigs of Patriot 1333 DDR3 and a Biostar TA790GXB3 motherboard.
    Cons: None
    This was one of the least expensive ESXi compatible NICs. Was recognized by ESXi without issue. Has been working fine along with an Athlon II X4 630, 8 Gigs of Patriot 1333 DDR3 and a Biostar TA790GXB3 motherboard. None
    May 4, 2010 Burticus says:
    Pros: Awesome! I have 3 of these and they work great. Just as expected from Intel nic cards. Using a couple in x8 slots instead of x1, no problems.
    Cons: I bought the bulk ones so had to download the driver package from Intel. Boo hoo I had to use the interwebs. Took me 10 minutes.
    Awesome! I have 3 of these and they work great. Just as expected from Intel nic cards. Using a couple in x8 slots instead of x1, no problems. I bought the bulk ones so had to download the driver package from Intel. Boo hoo I had to use the interwebs. Took me 10 minutes. Make sure you have a good switch because your network is only as good as your switch. I am using a D-Link DGS-2208 and it sucks. It is constantly fluctuating the port speed between gig and 100. I am saving up for a better switch and I'm getting a 16 port this time.
    May 4, 2010 Support Tech says:
    Pros: For those who can't find the drivers, the model number is EXPI9301CT and the drivers are available at http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Network%C2%AE+Desktop+Adapters&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Gigabit+CT+Desktop+Adapter
    Cons: None
    For those who can't find the drivers, the model number is EXPI9301CT and the drivers are available at http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Network%C2%AE+Desktop+Adapters&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Gigabit+CT+Desktop+Adapter None
    May 3, 2010 MorganTN says:
    I popped this bad boy in and launched windows it installed and have not had a single issue with it. Great replacement for onboard NIC's when you upgrade your network.
    April 21, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works great, hit 600mbits/sec on one the other day!
    Cons: Ubuntu 8.04 did not support it out of the box, you just need to go to Intel's site, download the linux drivers and do a `sudo make install` then do a `modprobe e1000e` and you should now see it in ifconfig.
    Works great, hit 600mbits/sec on one the other day! Ubuntu 8.04 did not support it out of the box, you just need to go to Intel's site, download the linux drivers and do a `sudo make install` then do a `modprobe e1000e` and you should now see it in ifconfig.
    April 21, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works with PFsense 1.2.3. (Freebsd)
    Comes with small form factor bracket.
    Cons: Not many.
    Could be smaller? It would be neat if it were just barely bigger than the PCIE x1 slot.
    Works with PFsense 1.2.3. (Freebsd)
    Comes with small form factor bracket. Not many.
    Could be smaller? It would be neat if it were just barely bigger than the PCIE x1 slot. Can't go wrong with intel NICs. Usually de-facto best supported network interfaces for non-windows operating systems. Intel publishes amazing technical documentation for driver writers, and authors most of their own OSS drivers.
    April 19, 2010 yareking says:
    Pros: Stable, fast, small, good!
    Cons: Is blocking 1 of my 2 pcie card slot. Maybe its only my motherboard becarefull!
    Stable, fast, small, good! Is blocking 1 of my 2 pcie card slot. Maybe its only my motherboard becarefull! Came with a small bracket!
    April 14, 2010 InfoEx says:
    Pros: This was an additional NIC for my 1U SuperMicro server. The onboard NICs were being pushed passed their limits so I looked for one that would handle the incoming data. So far, no issues.
    Cons: For some reason, even with the half-height bracket it wouldn't line up inside my server. Had to custom cut the metal to get it to fit.
    This was an additional NIC for my 1U SuperMicro server. The onboard NICs were being pushed passed their limits so I looked for one that would handle the incoming data. So far, no issues. For some reason, even with the half-height bracket it wouldn't line up inside my server. Had to custom cut the metal to get it to fit.
    March 31, 2010 ashman40 says:
    This is a great (and inexpensive) NIC with an Intel chip. Great deal!
    March 27, 2010 onexused says:
    The e1000e driver in the 2.6.32 Linux kernel works just fine for me with this card. I've only had it for a month, but I haven't had any problems. It works like…
    March 25, 2010 Gig says:
    I put it in and Windows 7 picked it up.
    March 16, 2010 Kenworth says:
    ... though. Cons: None during my brief stint with it. Easy installation, fair price, works as advertised. During the brief time I had the nic in (read below ...
    March 7, 2010 Zick says:
    It gets me on the internet, what else did you expect? Works like it should.
    March 2, 2010 Eric says:
    If you must have a second adapter in your PCIe based computer this will get you up to speed quickly. I had no need to pull out the driver disk for my Vista 64…
    March 2, 2010 Nate1202 says:
    Pros: Cheap.
    Easy to install (PCI-E required).
    Great options for teaming and load balancing (if you have more than one NIC).
    Windows 7 support - check.
    PCI-E = plenty of bus speed.
    Cons: Nothing so far.
    Cheap.
    Easy to install (PCI-E required).
    Great options for teaming and load balancing (if you have more than one NIC).
    February 24, 2010 King_Arthur says:
    Pros: I now have six of these running at the house and they are just great. I routinely get in excess of 107Mb/s between my Linux boxes with these NICs and NetGear ProSafe switches.
    Cons: They are a little more expensive than the no-name low end NICs, but the performance and peace of mind more than outweigh the price.
    I now have six of these running at the house and they are just great. I routinely get in excess of 107Mb/s between my Linux boxes with these NICs and NetGear ProSafe switches. They are a little more expensive than the no-name low end NICs, but the performance and peace of mind more than outweigh the price. I wish the "server" NIC would come down in price a bit, it would also be nice if the dual port version wasn't so much more.
    February 18, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Handles heavy network traffic better than on-board ethernet
    Cons: takes up a pci-express slot, besides this, nothing to think of,
    Handles heavy network traffic better than on-board ethernet takes up a pci-express slot, besides this, nothing to think of, Stay away form Network interface cards that are supposed to be for "gaming" like "killer NIC" that claim to drastically improve game performance (they don't always, numerous other factors improve ping, etc, so you have to do your own research). I highly recommend this card, for the money, does what it is supposed to.
    February 6, 2010 EdgeOfSteel says:
    Didn't have any problems at all. My computer picked it right up and it has been working great.
    February 5, 2010 CuriousGIS says:
    Pros: Its a whole of a lot better than my integrated nic. Haven't had any problems with dropped connection nor having the nic dissapear from the device manager. Works as expected with no issues.
    Cons: none
    Its a whole of a lot better than my integrated nic. Haven't had any problems with dropped connection nor having the nic dissapear from the device manager. Works as expected with no issues. none
    February 3, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works well in our ESXi servers.
    Cons: none
    Works well in our ESXi servers. none
    January 29, 2010 Kawi1000 says:
    I got this because of Intel's reputation and didn't want to save a buck and pay for it later. I was surprised that the geometry of the card didn't exactly fit the…
    January 27, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Excellent Quality. Operates Perfectly. Win7 loaded drivers with no problem. My old PCI NIC was blocking one of my cross-fired video card fans, so this intel PXIe NIC allowed me to move the card to a better location on the MB.
    Cons: None
    Excellent Quality. Operates Perfectly. Win7 loaded drivers with no problem. My old PCI NIC was blocking one of my cross-fired video card fans, so this intel PXIe NIC allowed me to move the card to a better location on the MB. None
    January 26, 2010 Dirttracker says:
    Pros: Stable, has advanced features, wasn't broken despite the feeble packaging (a lightly padded envelope).
    Cons: Performance is just average compared to my other 1Gb LANs (realtek 8111).
    Stable, has advanced features, wasn't broken despite the feeble packaging (a lightly padded envelope). Performance is just average compared to my other 1Gb LANs (realtek 8111). This card proved to be no faster than my MB's onboard NIC (8111c). Maybe if I had one of these on each end I would see an improvement, but I think I'll save the money and stick with my onboards until I find a need for this new card.
    January 19, 2010 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Just grab the latest Intel PROset drivers before you install the card. Connected at gigabit(ish) speeds to my netgear switch without any fuss.
    Cons: the bracket's a little fussy when you're installing the card.
    Just grab the latest Intel PROset drivers before you install the card. Connected at gigabit(ish) speeds to my netgear switch without any fuss. the bracket's a little fussy when you're installing the card. i'm using a short (6 foot) Cat6 patch cable, i can't comment on how well it handles longer runs or Cat5e.
    January 18, 2010 Revanu says:
    Pros: I'll be lazy and just say it works with windows xp and vista without a hitch. It works with Ubuntu 8 and up and its flavors, along with Fedora and Open solaris too. Speeds up local network communication allowing a lot more sessions at once without slowing down, also the best part (only because im lazy) is that it allows network boot up so you dont even have to get up and turn the machine on.
    Cons: I didnt find it sooner
    I'll be lazy and just say it works with windows xp and vista without a hitch. It works with Ubuntu 8 and up and its flavors, along with Fedora and Open solaris too. Speeds up local network communication allowing a lot more sessions at once without slowing down, also the best part (only because im lazy) is that it allows network boot up so you dont even have to get up and turn the machine on. I didnt find it sooner Its a great card for intense network usage, has a server grade feel without the bill to follow
    January 10, 2010 Carlton says:
    Pros:: Highly compatible,, Improves performance,, Reliable,, Strong connection points,, Well built / quality So far so good with this one.Seems to give me a better…
    November 7, 2009 Guy287 says:
    Pros: fast and works
    Cons: it was shipped to me from the rma department :(
    fast and works it was shipped to me from the rma department :( i highly recoment these to any 1 wanting fast net adapters
    November 3, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works great with VMWARE ESXi server.
    Cons: Really cannot think of any.
    Works great with VMWARE ESXi server. Really cannot think of any.
    October 31, 2009 newlinux says:
    Pros: Inexpensive, reliable, fast.
    Cons: not supported out of the box with drivers in ubuntu 8.04 (but it is in later versions of ubuntu). How to download and install drivers then worked like a charm.
    Inexpensive, reliable, fast. not supported out of the box with drivers in ubuntu 8.04 (but it is in later versions of ubuntu). How to download and install drivers then worked like a charm. The download and install of drivers took 5 minutes. No big deal
    October 21, 2009 Homer says:
    Pros: nice upgrade always good to offload on board items
    Cons: none
    nice upgrade always good to offload on board items none
    October 14, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Works just fine no problems.
    Cons: No cons
    Works just fine no problems. No cons I replaced my onboard nVidia lan because I was having issues with losing my connection.
    October 5, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Easy installation. Ubuntu 9.0.4 recognized the card immediately. For Vista I downloaded the drivers from the Intel website. Card works fine.
    Cons: None.
    Easy installation. Ubuntu 9.0.4 recognized the card immediately. For Vista I downloaded the drivers from the Intel website. Card works fine. None.
    October 2, 2009 [Y]urimaster says:
    Pros: Got to love Intel for their NIC's as well. I bought two of these, one for my evga 780i failed onboard nic and other for my server which I rather use then the onboard Marvell.
    There are so many features you have to use and I now can use jumbo packets on my gigabit lan.
    Cons: None so far
    Got to love Intel for their NIC's as well. I bought two of these, one for my evga 780i failed onboard nic and other for my server which I rather use then the onboard Marvell.
    There are so many features you have to use and I now can use jumbo packets on my gigabit lan. None so far
    October 1, 2009 Patrick says:
    Product Arrived in non-resale bulk package brand new. This card requires some Ethernet and IP knowledge for complete feature set utilization. Recommend using…
    September 26, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: PCIE
    Cons: I couldn't get this NIC to be stable. Anytime I would have mutliple connections, be it torrent, download manager, or lots of Youtube windows it will timeout from the LAN.
    I know it was the card because I couldn't even access my DSL modem page, so I figured it was just the so-so modem Verizon gave me and bought a Dlnk, same story on BOTH modems.
    Only way to "fix" it was to go into Network connections and disable, and restart it. But that only works till the next time using the above. 8 months and I couldn't figure it out.
    PCIE I couldn't get this NIC to be stable. Anytime I would have mutliple connections, be it torrent, download manager, or lots of Youtube windows it will timeout from the LAN.
    I know it was the card because I couldn't even access my DSL modem page, so I figured it was just the so-so modem Verizon gave me and bought a Dlnk, same story on BOTH modems.
    Only way to "fix" it was to go into Network connections and disable, and restart it. But that only works till the next time using the above. 8 months and I couldn't figure it out. Maybe it's some software conflict on my XP machine, maybe it's a defective card, who knows. All I know is that the onboard Realtek NIC works and Intel support never replied back.
    September 17, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: This is the best 30 dollars I ever spent on computer equipment. Faster boot times now that my on-board NIC is disabled. Upload speeds are double what the nforce 4 Giga NIC was producing. No more cashing web pages on the harddrive or CPU utilization. Small form factor, and did I mention this little miracle is ONLY 30 DOLLARS???
    Cons: If you can find one then let us know.
    This is the best 30 dollars I ever spent on computer equipment. Faster boot times now that my on-board NIC is disabled. Upload speeds are double what the nforce 4 Giga NIC was producing. No more cashing web pages on the harddrive or CPU utilization. Small form factor, and did I mention this little miracle is ONLY 30 DOLLARS??? If you can find one then let us know. Anyone using a NIC built onto a motherboard is missing the boat in a big way. I will never make that mistake again. I should also mention this little jewel sets its self up automatic and has more options than a shark has teeth.
    September 17, 2009 DK says:
    Pros: Works great--in both Windows Vista and Windows 7, it installs immediately without need for accessory software or downloads.
    Cons: The connection indicates 1 GB but it doesn't seem to be any faster to load pages. Maybe I'm asking for too much....
    Works great--in both Windows Vista and Windows 7, it installs immediately without need for accessory software or downloads. The connection indicates 1 GB but it doesn't seem to be any faster to load pages. Maybe I'm asking for too much.... Intel's generally a safe bet for motherboards and network cards
    August 28, 2009 WonderSausage says:
    Pros: Significantly outperforms typical onboard gigabit. MSI-X support is the new feature on this model vs. the previous PRO/1000 PT, which provides more efficient interrupts.
    Cons: No dual-port version available; the Intel dual-port adapter available as of this review is still the old PRO/1000 PT.
    Significantly outperforms typical onboard gigabit. MSI-X support is the new feature on this model vs. the previous PRO/1000 PT, which provides more efficient interrupts. No dual-port version available; the Intel dual-port adapter available as of this review is still the old PRO/1000 PT.
    August 25, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Excellent performance. "Just works" in Linux, no driver installation needed.
    Using jumbo packets, you can saturate your gigabit network and this card will handle it just fine. Cheapo motherboard NICs don't fare well at all under this kind of use.
    Intel makes the best network cards, hands down.
    Cons: none at all
    Excellent performance. "Just works" in Linux, no driver installation needed.
    Using jumbo packets, you can saturate your gigabit network and this card will handle it just fine. Cheapo motherboard NICs don't fare well at all under this kind of use.
    August 16, 2009 Andy says:
    I had bough a cheaper NIC to replace a port that was blown by lightning in my docking station. The driver was unreliable and the card would have to be restarted…
    July 20, 2009 WilliamWeb says:
    The built-in Ethernet Port of the Intel motherboard was not recognized one I upgraded from the Windows Vista x64 to the Window Server 2008 Enterprise Edition…
    June 17, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Plugged it in, and works great. Drivers loaded up without issues. Drivers in Linux also works great and the price can't be beat.
    Cons: None.
    Plugged it in, and works great. Drivers loaded up without issues. Drivers in Linux also works great and the price can't be beat. None.
    June 15, 2009 Phaerath says:
    Pros: -Inexpensive
    -Includes both sizes of slot cover
    -Works great with ESX 3.5 Update 4
    Cons: -None so far
    -Inexpensive
    -Includes both sizes of slot cover
    -Works great with ESX 3.5 Update 4 -None so far Put into an existing ESX 3.5 Update 4 Server to add a third NIC port. Was considering the Server version of the card, but this one is almost a third of the price. Since we don't need anything fancy from our NICs, went with this one and saved some money.
    May 31, 2009 Max says:
    Pros: As a fervent TF2 player, I found my onboard NIC chewing up too much CPU. I installed this thing, after downloading the driver from Intel's webiste, and it worked flawlessly. Now, not only is my ping rock solid, but I managed to whittle out another 3 FPS. Much better than I expected! I used to lose connection many times with my NVIDIA NIC that is onboard, but this is a fantastic replacement. Definitely recommend.
    Cons: I have only encountered one issue with this card, and it's actually the fault of the HD3850 it is near. The PCI-E slot on the motherboard this card occupies is one above the main GPU slot. So, there is one PCI-E slot between the NIC and the GPU. While playing TF2, the GPU was putting off so much heat, that this NIC shut the system off to preserve it's internals. If you look at the specs, this means the NIC was taking over 55C from the GPU. That's a lot of heat. So, just be careful where you put this thing. That slot right above your video card might be too close. After the crash, the internet would not connect, figuring I had killed the NIC, I removed it, reset it, and then started again. Flawless restart!
    As a fervent TF2 player, I found my onboard NIC chewing up too much CPU. I installed this thing, after downloading the driver from Intel's webiste, and it worked flawlessly. Now, not only is my ping rock solid, but I managed to whittle out another 3 FPS. Much better than I expected! I used to lose connection many times with my NVIDIA NIC that
    May 30, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: A solid performing card that will last a long time.
    Cons: Searching for Intel drivers can suck up a half hour.
    A solid performing card that will last a long time. Searching for Intel drivers can suck up a half hour. Intel provides a list of all their NIC cards:
    http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/CS-009221.htm
    The card drivers for the EXPI9301 is:
    http://support.intel.com/support/network/adapter/1000ctdesktop/
    May 21, 2009 rayik says:
    Pros: Intel makes best nics. On card processing (so cpu does not have to). More expensive than other brands but worth the cost.
    Cons: More expensive that other brands.
    Intel makes best nics. On card processing (so cpu does not have to). More expensive than other brands but worth the cost. More expensive that other brands. Just works reliably
    May 18, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Unlike the on-board adapter it replaced, this is working perfectly. This is typical Intel - the real McCoy!
    Cons: none
    Unlike the on-board adapter it replaced, this is working perfectly. This is typical Intel - the real McCoy! none
    May 7, 2009 Orochi says:
    Pros: Awesome card, works great in my ESXI box with the latest update (U4). I also have a pair of these cards trunked on my OpenSolaris NAS working flawlessly.
    Cons: None
    Awesome card, works great in my ESXI box with the latest update (U4). I also have a pair of these cards trunked on my OpenSolaris NAS working flawlessly. None I replaced an Intel 1000 Pro GT PCI adapter with this card on my OpenSolaris box as the current driver for the GT is broken.
    May 5, 2009 Chris says:
    Pros: Works great, easy to plug in and use with Windows Vista
    Cons: None I can think of, would have been nice to come with a driver CD or even box as I bought the retail version and basically received the OEM version instead.
    Works great, easy to plug in and use with Windows Vista None I can think of, would have been nice to come with a driver CD or even box as I bought the retail version and basically received the OEM version instead. If you have a decent on-board NIC on your motherboard and a good Dual or Quad CPU you won't notice much if any performance difference with a dedicated NIC such as this.
    April 17, 2009 Bill says:
    Pros: Great Linux support from Intel. Great card. Not expensive. For any noobs, the driver instructions from intel spell out exactly how to compile the driver and insert it.
    Cons: The Linux kernel does not have native support for the card.
    Great Linux support from Intel. Great card. Not expensive. For any noobs, the driver instructions from intel spell out exactly how to compile the driver and insert it. The Linux kernel does not have native support for the card. I got this card to replace my junky on board Realtek NIC. The installation went on without a hitch. I wish I didn't have to compile the driver and manually insert it into the kernel so I could save the 20 seconds to setup the card. Seriously, I'm a plug and play junkie. I'm using this on a workstation with Ubuntu.
    March 15, 2009 undecided says:
    Pros: Worked great out of the box. Looks like it's High Quality manufacturing.
    Cons: None
    Worked great out of the box. Looks like it's High Quality manufacturing. None Small footprint.
    February 3, 2009 gibsurfer84 says:
    Pros: Its 1gig, cheap, and works great
    Cons: DOES NOT SUPPORT VMWARE ESX 3.5 U3. I don't know about earlier versions but it just does not work. Despite what other online retailers state, it does not work, is not supported. Bummer.
    Its 1gig, cheap, and works great DOES NOT SUPPORT VMWARE ESX 3.5 U3. I don't know about earlier versions but it just does not work. Despite what other online retailers state, it does not work, is not supported. Bummer. Great card, great price, not so great support by VMware.
    January 31, 2009 Kermee says:
    Pros: It's Intel. It's Gigabit. It's not an expensive Intel "Server" card! Intel finally broke away from requiring at least one expensive "server-class" card in a machine in order to use 802.3ad (Link Aggregation/Teaming) with their "desktop" cards. And it works and it's fast! I'm using their Linux driver available as a compilable module under RHEL5 & CentOS 5. Quick 15 seconds compiling and the module loaded fine!
    Cons: None at this time!
    It's Intel. It's Gigabit. It's not an expensive Intel "Server" card! Intel finally broke away from requiring at least one expensive "server-class" card in a machine in order to use 802.3ad (Link Aggregation/Teaming) with their "desktop" cards. And it works and it's fast! I'm using their Linux driver available as a compilable module under RHEL5 & CentOS 5. Quick 15 seconds compiling and the module loaded fine! None at this time! dmesg output of module loaded under CentOS 5.2 x86_64:
    e1000e: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Driver - 0.5.11.2-NAPI
    e1000e: Copyright (c) 1999-2008 Intel Corporation.
    ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:05:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 169
    PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:05:00.0 to 64
    0000:05:00.0: eth2: (PCI Express:2.5GB/s:Width x1) ffff81020e4f81a8M
    0000:05:00.0: eth2: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
    January 30, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: The lan speeds have increased substantially. The Wan speed increased a little too.
    Cons: None.
    The lan speeds have increased substantially. The Wan speed increased a little too. None.
    January 25, 2009 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Significantly faster and with more consistent speeds than any of my Realtek or Marvell based NICs. Has some features that many other NICs lack; including teaming support (which is normally only found on server cards).
    Cons: The boot agent (aka flash ROM) occasionally prevented me from entering the BIOS on one of my motherboards. On another computer it interfered with the boot ROM on a couple RAID cards. Disabling it fixed my problems but was a pain since it required booting to DOS.
    Significantly faster and with more consistent speeds than any of my Realtek or Marvell based NICs. Has some features that many other NICs lack; including teaming support (which is normally only found on server cards). The boot agent (aka flash ROM) occasionally prevented me from entering the BIOS on one of my motherboards. On another computer it interfered with the boot ROM on a couple RAID cards. Disabling it fixed my problems but was a pain since it required booting to DOS. It may be more extensive than other NICs, but Intel NICs are the only ones I use - even going so far as to disable the cheap NICs that are integrated on virtually all motherboards.
    January 23, 2009 mkchiu says:
    Pros: stable and predictable performance on a GbE LAN
    WOL does not require cable
    Cons: PCI performance not as good as PCIe
    stable and predictable performance on a GbE LAN
    WOL does not require cable PCI performance not as good as PCIe A cheap add-on on to use up a typically empty motherboard PCI slot when reliable LAN is required. Realtek PHYs used on almost all MBs works but does not provide sufficient performance and reliability when transferring large amounts of data or transferring constantly.
    January 22, 2009 lilgoomba says:
    Pros: I replaced a bad cheap-o card with this, and what a difference! This is well worth the extra coin considering its rock solid performance. I have had it up to near 100% capacity without any packet loss.
    Cons: None.
    I replaced a bad cheap-o card with this, and what a difference! This is well worth the extra coin considering its rock solid performance. I have had it up to near 100% capacity without any packet loss. None. You get what you pay for. My old Gbit card could barely do 100Mbit under the same conditions.
    December 16, 2008 Anonymous says:
    Pros: Fast, Intel, no problems. Comes with both brackets.
    Cons: None.
    Fast, Intel, no problems. Comes with both brackets. None.