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    Default Do you guys use the builtin NIC?

    I had some problems initially with my GA-EX58-UD3R board that I fixed quick enough with a BIOS and driver update. It uses the Realtek 8111D NIC. I'm curious though in how many folks use this as their NIC, or if its better to get a LAN card. I'm not thinking of any of the Bigfoot cards as I've heard they are a waste of money. I'm more interested to know if the Realtek is a P.O.S. Is it better to use a PCI-E gigabyte LAN card?
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    There is no noticeable difference besides extra cost and work not using the integrated Network adapter. Its all i ever used since my 1ghz celeron HP desktop years and years ago to my notebooks , to my UD3R-i7 and systems i've built in between.

    Take a look at this, not sure exactly how it measures up but it sure sounds nice.
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    Default Re: Do you guys use the builtin NIC?

    Thanks dbee.

    BTW, that is the Bigfoot Killer NIC I was referring to. They claim better pings in gaming but from what I've read, the cost is not worth the extra few ping reduction one gets. It's something like $150 and it might reduce by ~6 your ping.
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    I really dont think any NIC would be worth it when you already have it built in. If it aint broke, dont fix it. Ok thats what you meant by bigfoot , got u. I really would not bother with any of em. Really just another piece of hardware for another headache.

    I dunno if your looking for faster internet or what it may be, check into upgrading internet service. Verizon has FIOS in some areas and its speeds/price blow all others away .

    I know comcast has a similar internet service to Verizon , but like them is not available in all areas , such as mine. I pay around 65/month for crappy comcast where i get well below average speeds. D/L's really aint bad, but i always notice i have bad ping and some games lag, sometimes alot , sometimes hardly at all.

    I know this is due to the city and its internet traffic , especially your neighbors who hog the bandwidth downloading 24/7. To top it all off, much of these companies place caps on bandwidth and the like. Know im off topic , just had to release my anger at Comcrap. I know they beat the hell out of other services around here but it just really irritates me especially when i could get a FIOS plan if it were available for 50 bucks or so rated at 15 down and 5 up compared to my 6/1 plan Hey, thanks for listening.
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    Default Re: Do you guys use the builtin NIC?

    Thanks dbee. Unfortunately FIOS is not available in my area.

    The NIC card I ordered was in my frantic attempt to try and solve a problem I had with wired connectivity. I've since solved that problem. It had nothing to do with the Realtek NIC. It was my router. I can send the NIC card back that I ordered.
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    Default Re: Do you guys use the builtin NIC?

    Something like a Killer NIC can be of benefit if you're really serious about LAN gaming or internet gaming. They improve ping/latency, not download speeds.

    They're pretty powerful bits of kit in and of themselves. The combination of onboard CPU and RAM means you can do all kinds of clever things like run a bit torrent client on the actual NIC. This means that your PC is free to run your chosen game at 100% of it's capabilities. Because of the NIC's traffic management system, ping times aren't effected by downloading from multiple sources and gaming, as they would be with a regular NIC. I'm not talking about bandwidth, as ofc that would be used up by anything taking from the downstream connection.

    Upgrading your internet service wouldn't have much of an effect on the stats that matter for gaming, ie ping time/latency. Sure you'd get more up/down stream bandwidth, but most games don't require much data to be sent, they need the data that is sent to arrive quickly and in tact.

    Having said all that, I think that, for me, they're a waste of cash. £150+ for a NIC is silly money.

    The built in Realtek is a capable chip. I see no difference in CPU usage etc than when I plugged in my D-Link 10/100 card.
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