Re: Use onboard Realtek 8111D Lan or Intel Network Adapter?
Any onboard solution probably won't be doing anything 100% in hardware. Most dedicated NIC cards will have the vast majority of their functions executed by the onboard I/O components.
The question is, in this day of dual, quad, hexa-core CPU's sometimes OC'd to 4.8GHz and beyond (Sandy Bridge OC's nicely) is it really needed?
I used a D-Link card for years and only stopped when I found I needed the PCI slot for my sound card. I've noticed no difference on my current board or on a EP45-UD3P. In fact, you'll notice much more difference quality wise getting rid of onboard sound that an onboard NIC. People may think onboard sound is fine, and so did I... until I listened to my games, CD's and films through decent hardware, not a codec IC.
I'd keep it for troubleshooting purposes, or ebay it. I kept mine in my tool box.
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