Monday, May 31st 2021

QNAP Launches Dual 10 GbE Network Card for NAS & PC

QNAP Systems, Inc., today launched the new QXG-10G2T-X710 10 GbE network expansion card. Featuring an Intel Ethernet Controller X710, the QXG-10G2T-X710 is a PCIe Gen 3 card (compatible with PCIe Gen 2) that can be installed in a QNAP NAS or a Windows /Linux PC to add two 10 GbE ports. The QXG-10G2T-X710 supports is compatible with five speeds (10G / 5G / 2.5G / 1G / 100M) and can achieve up to 20 Gbps transfer speeds by using both ports with Port Trunking. Network efficiency is boosted with SR-IOV and iSCSI support, and I/O-intensive and latency-sensitive virtualization applications and data centers will greatly benefit. The QXG-10G2T-X710 is also a perfect match for QNAP's 10 GbE switches to build a budget-friendly high-speed network environment.

When installed in a Windows or Linux PC, users must install the QXG-10G2T-X710 driver. No driver is required when installing in a QNAP NAS, but QTS 4.5.2/ QuTS hero h4.5.1 (or later) is required. The QNAP QXG-10G2T-X710 10 GbE network expansion card is now available for 387 USD.
Source: QNAP
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10 Comments on QNAP Launches Dual 10 GbE Network Card for NAS & PC

#1
Hardcore Games
Lots of 10GBASE-T cards on fleabay cheap, grabbed a bunch for my shop as faster copying of files is a plus
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zlobby
Meh, $380 for copper 10G? Gimme SFP with 40G at least.

And that active cooling? I wonder when our LED bling will get so powerful that it will need active cooling too?
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#3
Dracius
Really interesting.

Won't be long before we start seeing "Gamer Style" 10GB adapters. Heatsinks with heatpipes and RGB.

And then of course, AIO solutions for said gaming 10GB cards. :)

lawl
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#4
ebivan
Adding a cooler to NICs is pretty common in server grade hardware. This card features an Intel x710 chip, even the Vanilla x710 from Intel itself features a (passive) cooler. As do the smaller Intel x550 and Intel i350 designs.
QNAPs choice to put an active cooling solution on there may have to do with the design of their own NAS devices, maybe there is not enough airflow in those things to ensure enough heat dissipation from such a monster NIC. In regular servers there is usually more than enough airflow to take all the heat from passive coolers on NICs and HBAs out of the rack.
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#5
AnarchoPrimitiv
zlobbyMeh, $380 for copper 10G? Gimme SFP with 40G at least.

And that active cooling? I wonder when our LED bling will get so powerful that it will need active cooling too?
You can't run DAC's in your walls and dealing with fiber is nowhere near as easy as CAT6a(+)...for a whole home 10G network, 10GBase-T is the best way to go.
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#6
Solaris17
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AnarchoPrimitivfor a whole home 10G network, 10GBase-T is the best way to go.
I think that's more of an opinion, or maybe just the norm for most people in tech forums.

SFP is not more difficult to use. I ran my house with SMF drops to I can link rooms with 10G. It easier to connect to PCs for most people probably. I don't use RJ45 on my machine anyway.

In any case, I think there will be problems fiber would avoid naturally. That's why I would like to think its just opinion, as copper 10G becomes more prominent in the home user space we will likely start getting a influx of networking threads asking why there 10G doesn't work. Likely because of cable or length out of spec.

IMO anyway.
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#7
zlobby
AnarchoPrimitivYou can't run DAC's in your walls and dealing with fiber is nowhere near as easy as CAT6a(+)...for a whole home 10G network, 10GBase-T is the best way to go.
Why DACs? Only the servers (NAS, VM, etc.) and the routers are on fiber. Plus a couple of MU-MIMO .ax APs and you're ready.

The FO cables are thin and robust. They are way easier to route in the walls and you can terminate them yourself easily.

Also, no interference, no crosstalk, no chaning the wiring every coue of years.
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#8
ymbaja
Just saw the image and thought Qnap had decided to get into the gpu game.
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#9
efikkan
Hardcore GamesLots of 10GBASE-T cards on fleabay cheap, grabbed a bunch for my shop as faster copying of files is a plus
Yeah, both new and used cards can be found relatively cheaply. Just make sure to get one with an Intel controller, like X550.
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#10
LabRat 891
Hardcore GamesLots of 10GBASE-T cards on fleabay cheap, grabbed a bunch for my shop as faster copying of files is a plus
Been wanting to get a 10GBASE-T LAN going, but the cost of switches has been prohibitive. Was researching building one for a bit, but came to the conclusion that specialized hardware is much faster and more power effcient. Ended up with 1GbE LAN but installed cabling capable of 10G+ (S-FTP CAT 7 deployed as CAT6A Plus). Also considering 'appending' a switchless point<->point<->router 10GbE arrangement using only NICs for mine and the Wife's systems.
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