Tuesday, November 21st 2017

Aquantia Black Friday Deals: AQtion 5G NIC for $59 and 10G NIC for $69

Aquantia Corp., a leader in high-speed, Multi-Gigabit Ethernet connectivity solutions, today announced its plan to help PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts squeeze new levels of performance out of their systems. Today, Aquantia announced a special holiday promotion with international distribution partners Arrow, WPGA and WPI, to deliver the industry's fastest Ethernet adapters - Aquantia AQtion Network Interface Cards (NICs) - to gamers and performance PC users at a giftworthy price point for a limited time. The Aquantia AQtion AQN-108 5G NIC is now available for $59.00 and the Aquantia AQtion AQN-107 10G NIC is available for an unprecedented $69.00.

The super-low latency and in-game advantage that AQtion Multi-Gigabit NICs deliver make them the perfect holiday surprise for any hardware enthusiast. The performance PC user - whether a gamer, video editing enthusiast, designer, engineer or just a tried and true geek - wants the ability to move huge volumes of digital life data seamlessly and quickly. In a home or office, that seamless capability requires a 5G or even a 10G NIC card.
Kamal Dalmia, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, said: "Typically, gamers and performance PC enthusiasts are on the leading edge of technology trends. Given the substantial uptick in interest we have seen for Multi-Gig PC Access solutions in the past year we thought it would be great to kick off the holiday season with a special promotion for those users. Not only do they get outstanding Multi-Gig Ethernet performance, but they get bragging rights over their pals who are still using outdated, 17-year-old single gigabit technology."

The AQtion AQN-108 NIC supports 5G and 2.5G Ethernet speeds over standard Cat 5e and Cat 6 copper cables. Compliant to IEEE 802.3bz standard, these adapters are also backward-compatible with legacy 1000BASE-T Ethernet. The AQtion AQN-107 NIC has the added benefit of supporting 10GBASE-T Ethernet in compliance with the IEEE 802.3an standard. By supporting PCI Express x4 and x1 versions with a single RJ45 port, these new Aquantia NICs can be used to easily upgrade existing PCs and new models to fully utilize the bandwidth capabilities of modern CPUs and GPUs.
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27 Comments on Aquantia Black Friday Deals: AQtion 5G NIC for $59 and 10G NIC for $69

#1
Assimilator
That's great, except that copper 10GbE switches are still horribly expensive.
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#2
Fx
This is definitely a great bargain if they provide performance, stability and compatibility very similar to Intel NICs.
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#3
TheLostSwede
Fx said:
This is definitely a great bargain if they provide performance, stability and compatibility very similar to Intel NICs.
Aquantia have a very good reputation in the industry and although they were supposed to be out before the end of this year, it looks like we'll have to wait until next year for their more affordable 10Gbps switch solution.

Asus and Gigabyte have been selling their own NICs based on the 10Gbps for around $99 for some time now. Review here https://www.pcper.com/reviews/General-Tech/ASUS-XG-C100C-NIC-10-Gigabit-Ethernet-Masses and here https://www.eteknix.com/asus-xg-c100c-10gbase-t-network-adapter-review/

Sadly the Arrow link is to cards closer to $200, one of the companies only ships to the US and the third is out of China and only has the 5Gbps cards in stock :(
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#4
RedTangent
I like how the two photos are literally the exact same except one is tilted slightly.
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#5
dicktracy
How’s the latency compared to Intel’s?
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#6
Assimilator
RedTangent said:
I like how the two photos are literally the exact same except one is tilted slightly.
I like how you have the crippling inability to tell the physical difference between a very obviously physically different PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 card.
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#7
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Assimilator said:
I like how you have the crippling inability to tell the physical difference between a very obviously physically different PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 card.
It's even labeled
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#8
Gasaraki
Assimilator said:
I like how you have the crippling inability to tell the physical difference between a very obviously physically different PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 card.
LOL, and blind also cause one card ends where the connector ends and the other continues like half inch past the connector.
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#9
CheapMeat
I just checked out the sites and if you use the WPG site listed, the price is closer to $87.37 for me for the AQN-108 ($59; 5Gbe) because they have a $10 handling fee and then the shipping is insane. I mean, still a bargain based on the prices else where but not as cheap as it seemed. The Arrow site doesn't seem to have the deal going on at all; a shame since they have 10% off right now and free shipping.


Also, there's two variants of both, one with half-height bracket, one with full height. Only WPG site explains this.


SFA = full height
SHA = half height

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#10
CheapMeat
I just spoke to the Arrow support chat. They have no idea what I'm talking about. There is no Black Friday promotion with them. Don't bother.
Pocky

Hello and welcome to Arrow.com! How can I help you today?

2:00:40 AM
Me
Hey, hello.

2:00:54 AM
Pocky
Hi

2:01:07 AM
Me
According to this (link below), there should be a deal on the Aquantia NICs but on the site the prices are the same.

2:01:29 AM
https://www.techpowerup.com/238995/aquantia-black-friday-deals-aqtion-5g-nic-for-usd-59-and-10g-nic-for-usd-69

2:01:29 AM
Pocky
we are arrow.com

2:01:53 AM
Me
Ummm

2:02:53 AM
In the link: "Today, Aquantia announced a special holiday promotion with international distribution partners Arrow, WPGA and WPI, to deliver the industry's fastest Ethernet adapters"

2:03:02 AM
The deal is suppose to be on Arrow.

2:03:10 AM
The deal is shown on the other sites, but not Arrow.

2:03:19 AM
https://www.arrow.com/en/products/search?q=aqn+aquantia

2:03:33 AM
Pocky
https://www.arrow.com/en/products/search?q=aqn+aquantia, it's arrow

2:04:18 AM
what can I help you ?

2:04:29 AM
Me
I'm asking, why are the prices not changed for the Black Friday deal?

2:04:55 AM
Pocky
we have the 20% discount for new customer, and 10% discount During Our Customer Appreciation Event

2:07:09 AM
Me
Even with a 20% discount or even 30% discount, it is still not the same as the price being promoted.

2:08:25 AM
Aquantia stated Arrow is a partner in the deal, and should be $59 and $69 respectively.

2:09:00 AM
Current price is $174.29 and $210.98

2:09:52 AM
Hello?

2:12:32 AM
Still there?

2:15:09 AM
Pocky
yes, i am here

2:16:37 AM
sorry, i don't know the price

2:16:59 AM
the price is not fixable

2:17:07 AM
Me
Can you ask management to look into it because then websites and Aquantia are reporting false information about Aquantia's promotion with Arrow.

2:18:27 AM
Pocky
do you now who's the according sales for you ?

2:21:58 AM
Me
Aquantia themselves: https://www.aquantia.com/2017/11/21/help-gamer-give-bandwidth-black-friday/

2:23:48 AM
Pocky
do you know who is the sales for you in Arrow digital ?

2:27:23 AM
Me
No, I'm just a regular consumer who saw the Black Friday deal and wanted to upgrade my PC.

2:28:54 AM
I don't have any business associations or contacts. I never heard of Arrow until today.

2:29:19 AM
Pocky
sorry, I can't catch you

2:29:33 AM
we have no promotion for Black Friday

2:29:44 AM
Me
Ok, I understand. But please contact Arrow's management or anyone in charge of the website to tell them that Aquantia is posting wrong information then about a partnership with Arrow.

2:30:55 AM
Thanks for the chat
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#11
Readlight
I think we can get 100 internet for 10 euro what are advantage this vs realtek.
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#12
CheapMeat
Readlight said:
I think we can get 100 internet for 10 euro what are advantage this vs realtek.
100 internet?
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#13
Assimilator
CheapMeat said:
100 internet?
ONE
HUNDRED
INTERNET
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#14
TheLostSwede
CheapMeat said:
I just spoke to the Arrow support chat. They have no idea what I'm talking about. There is no Black Friday promotion with them. Don't bother.
The deal isn't due until the 24th, so maybe wait until tomorrow and see what happens?

Arrow is a huge components distributor, so maybe the person you talked to is clueless about this offer?
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#15
TheLostSwede
Well, that was a turd of an offer, they sold and now you can just get a quotation from Arrow, rather than place an order at the special price.
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#16
CheapMeat
Just bought the 5G one off Arrow with the 10% off THANKYOU code and then the 20% off new customer code, so total for me was $52.04 (with tax). Saved almost $12 and got free shipping. Yay.
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#17
TheLostSwede
Got a couple of the 10Gbit cards, but ordered the ones with the low profile brackets by mistake.
That said, Aquantia appears to have very good customer support, as they're sending me a pair of full size brackets. :toast:

It still sucks that Arrow had less than 30 cards in stock and if you were unable to order those, you got nothing.
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#18
Readlight
I bought nothing, i just can not find good cheap earbuds for phone who does not work microphone
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#19
CheapMeat
TheLostSwede said:

That said, Aquantia appears to have very good customer support, as they're sending me a pair of full size brackets. :toast:
That's good to hear!
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#21
TheLostSwede
Well, I got screwed by Arrow, they decided not to ship my cards and now they don't have stock, so they cancelled my order. Talk about a professional supplier... my ass...
So now I'll have two brackets, but no cards... fan fucking tastic.

First I got this message:
"Please note that your order is currently on a Trade compliance hold. Once all is cleared by TC we will ship it immediately."

Then I get another message telling me that they're out of stock and as such, they'll cancel my order. Seriously?

I will never, ever order anything from Arrow in my life again, as they clearly don't give a crap about their customers.
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#22
CheapMeat
What the hell? That's awful. Trade compliance hold?
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#23
TheLostSwede
Well, somehow they managed to find two cards in the end and shipped them. I don't know how, as their stock system still says they're all out.

Regardless, after my experience with Arrow, I can't recommend them to anyone. I thought they were a huge global supplier of parts, but their support doesn't reflect that in the least way.

Curiously your card is made in Taiwan and mine in China, I wonder why?

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#24
CheapMeat
Glad you finally got your card. That's interesting as well that they have two suppliers.

This isn't really Aquantia's fault but I've been having trouble finding the right settings for the card. I was having MAJOR issues with insanely high ping and packet loss in games, getting auto kicked off servers on War Thunder but no issues while browsing. After several tries, I just disabled and reduced every possible setting and slowly tried things. I finally traced it down to having TCP/UDP checksum offload ipv4 and ivp6 enabled. I disabled them and everything is fine now. Web browsing started to hang, so slowly figured out the other settings again. I increased the transmit buffers and renabled most other things as well, so now gaming and web surfing is back to smooth.
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#25
TheLostSwede
CheapMeat said:
Glad you finally got your card. That's interesting as well that they have two suppliers.

This isn't really Aquantia's fault but I've been having trouble finding the right settings for the card. I was having MAJOR issues with insanely high ping and packet loss in games, getting auto kicked off servers on War Thunder but no issues while browsing. After several tries, I just disabled and reduced every possible setting and slowly tried things. I finally traced it down to having TCP/UDP checksum offload ipv4 and ivp6 enabled. I disabled them and everything is fine now. Web browsing started to hang, so slowly figured out the other settings again. I increased the transmit buffers and renabled most other things as well, so now gaming and web surfing is back to smooth.
Not had any problems like that, but my card stopped seeing connected network cables for no apparent reason. I tried multiple different cables, none of them would work, but all worked fine with the onboard Ethernet. Contacted their support after having tried most of the normal fault finding things, including re-installing drivers, moving slot, repairing network settings etc. The advice was to do a full driver uninstall, including removing the drivers, then turn off the PC, switch off the PSU for 30 seconds or more, then re-install the drivers on boot. Oddly enough it worked. Never come across this before, but hopefully the card won't have this problem again, as it's an annoying issue and almost seem like some kind of firmware bug with their cards.

Edit: Well, that fix only worked until I powered down the system, as today I had the same problem with no network cable being detected. Great...
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