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Gaming NIC card, to buy or not to buy?

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Q: Gaming NIC card, to buy or not to buy?
A: Short answer no.
 

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Well, come to think of it, it is a DGL-4500 from D-Link. Fair candidate for an upgrade?
I have it and I only have three complaints:
1. Not IPv6 compatible.
2. Dynamic DNS doesn't work with DynDNS.com (my older D-Link did).
3. The Firmware hasn't been updated since 2008/10/29 (1.15).

Other than those things, I haven't had any problems with it.
 
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everyone if he is using the onboard Realtek 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN i would buy even the cheapest Intel 1GBIT PCI-E x1 card and put it, it's better and will lower the cpu and memory usage as i wrote before, just crap one on sale or a used one ^^
 
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My Amped Wireless R20000G supports tzo and DynDNS
 
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#32
Just buy an Intel NIC, they are pretty inexpensive and better than the Reaktek ones that come with most motherboards. It will do everything that the expensive "gaming" NICs do, and do it for a lot cheaper.
 
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#33
You'll gain more by using TomatoRAF firmware if router supports it. Then set the QoS properly.
If you do that, you'll be able to play shooters online while downloading from P2P and your ping will hardly increase a bit. With "gaming" NIC's, i don't think you'll gain much if your connection is lagged from ISP to your house... QoS won't solve that either but if it gives priority to required stuff, it will at least make it useable...
 

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You'll gain more by using TomatoRAF firmware if router supports it. Then set the QoS properly.
If you do that, you'll be able to play shooters online while downloading from P2P and your ping will hardly increase a bit. With "gaming" NIC's, i don't think you'll gain much if your connection is lagged from ISP to your house... QoS won't solve that either but if it gives priority to required stuff, it will at least make it useable...
Yup, QoS will only help (or not help,) if your internet is already saturated. If you still have plenty of bandwidth left, more often than not your latency should be fine.

All in all, getting a network card isn't going to help the average user. Just don't do it unless you want to blow a few bucks for the sake of blowing a few bucks or if there is a real reason why you need another Ethernet port (like running a gateway.)