Thursday, March 8th 2012

Intel Ethernet Controller X540 Brings 10GbE to the Masses

Today, Intel announced the Intel Ethernet Controller X540, the industry’s first fully integrated 10GBASE-T controller. This space-saving single-chip solution delivers outstanding performance for low-cost, low-power LAN on motherboard (LOM) and Converged Network Adapter (CNA) designs. The Intel Ethernet Controller X540 will help drive broader 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adoption by providing connections that are backward-compatible with existing Gigabit Ethernet networks. Like other Intel Ethernet 10 Gigabit products, the Intel Ethernet Controller X540 features advanced I/O virtualization, supports Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and takes advantage of platform I/O enhancements in the Intel Xeon processor E5 family.

Source: Intel.com
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21 Comments on Intel Ethernet Controller X540 Brings 10GbE to the Masses

#1
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
Can't find the exact source, but apparently they will go for $124.
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#2
rjkoneill
UK Stock in the channel suggests £544.34 (ex Vat)
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#3
Munki
Sweet! Now we need switches to move on to this standard.
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: theeldest
Recommended Price: $124

http://ark.intel.com/products/60020/Intel-Ethernet-Controller-X540-AT2
Well - Here in the UK we usually get ripped off for everything anyway. Blame the goverment for putting a 20% tax on everything we buy.

no doubt the prices will come down once it becomes more widely available and no longer seen as a more specialist peice of kit like the £5 ethernet cards out there.
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#8
[H]@RD5TUFF
Glad I spent the extra money and wired my house with CAT 6A, now we just need switches and routers to move up to this standard and become sub $200.
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#9
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: FreedomEclipse
Well - Here in the UK we usually get ripped off for everything anyway. Blame the goverment for putting a 20% tax on everything we buy.
On the other hand you don't have to pay your medical bills. I mean they don't put those taxes on stuff just to screw with you.
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#10
treehouse
by: Frick
On the other hand you don't have to pay your medical bills. I mean they don't put those taxes on stuff just to screw with you.
thank you for reminding me of that fact, you have made my day :toast:

location = lancashire
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#13
VulkanBros
Cool - my SAN needs an upgrade ..... HBA´s and fibrechannel are pretty expensive....

Btw - FreedomEclipse .... vat alone in DK is 25%...and then comes the taxes :ohwell:

But as Frick pointet out - no medical bills and other social stuff.....
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#14
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: rpsgc
Wait until it's available on more reputable stores? ;)
whats wrong with Kikatech???

Ive bought tonnes of shit from them. Never had a problem

The retailer with the next highest rating is Misco but they are charging £629.99 - that reputable enough for you??
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#15
Krazy Owl
AAAAHHH Finally I could boost the online gaming experience of my Pentium 3 ! ;-)
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#16
Static~Charge
Note the size of the slot connector on that card - it's PCI Express x8.
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#18
1c3d0g
by: Munki
Sweet! Now we need switches to move on to this standard.
And hopefully one day, wireless routers with built-in 10 gigabit ethernet ports. ;)
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#19
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: 1c3d0g
And hopefully one day, wireless routers with built-in 10 gigabit ethernet ports. ;)
That seems pointless as even now actual throughput on wirelss even in the best of circumstances barely break 50 mbs.
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#20
MikeMurphy
I'll be in the market for a 802.11ac router with 10Gbe ports :)

I'm guessing 10Gbe protocol does away with the frame size issue?
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#21
theeldest
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
That seems pointless as even now actual throughput on wirelss even in the best of circumstances barely break 50 mbs.
Yeah, but that 10Gbe switch for your media server will let you stream to everything in the house at the same time!

Really, though, I can saturate my 1Gbe pretty easily when my system is backing up to the server. I've got a couple decent RAID sets going and that's not even accounting for SSDs which are getting pretty prominent.


PREDICTION (i know, dangerous ground here): We'll see 10Gbe in the consumer space in <3 years from today.
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