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Intel X540T2 Ethernet Converged Network Adapter 100Mbps/1Gbps/10Gbps PCI Express 2.1 x8 2 x RJ45

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The new Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2 is the lowest cost way to deploy 10 GbE in your data center today. Install the X540 adapter into a server and the auto-negotiation between 1 GbE and 10 GbE provides the necessary backwards compatibility that most customers require for a smooth transition and easy migration to 10 GbE. When time and budget allows, 10GBASE-T switches can be added any time to experience the full benefits of 10 GbE. The wait for a low cost 10 GbE copper solution to broadly deploy 10 GbE to all corners of the data center is over. The new X540, dual-port adapter provides bandwidth-intensive applications with highly affordable 10GbE network performance and cost-effective RJ-45 connectivity for distances up to 100 meters.

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IEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u, IEEE802.3ab
2 x RJ45
PCI Express 2.1 x8


Controller-processor: Intel Ethernet Controller X540

Cable Medium: Copper

Cabling Type: RJ-45 Category-6 up to 55 m; Category-6A up to 100 m

Bracket Height: Low Profile and Full Height

Max TDP: 13.4 W

Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (VT-c): Yes

On-chip QoS and Traffic Management: Yes

Flexible Port Partitioning: Yes

Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq): Yes

PCI-SIG* SR-IOV Capable: Yes

Plug and play specification support: Standard

Network Operating Systems (NOS) Software Support:
Windows 7 (IA32 and X64)
Windows Server 2008 (x64 and IPF)
Windows Server 2008 Core (x64 and IPF)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64 and IPF)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Core (x64 and IPF)
Linux SLES 11 SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Vista
SUSE SLES 10 or later, Professional 9.2 or later
Microsoft Windows Virtual Server 2005
Red Hat Enterprise 4 or later
FreeBSD 5.x or later support
VMware ESX 4.0/4.1, ESXi 5.0 support
EFI 1.1

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): Lifetime
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): Lifetime

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  • Ken W.
  • 2/9/2015 7:41:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesomely fast.

Pros: Dual network ports over RJ45.
Backwards compatible with FE and GE (100Mbps and 1Gbps)
Comes with standard and low profile brackets
No drivers needed for VM Ware ESXi (5.5.0 u2 tested), Citrix XenServer (7.2 and 7.3 tested)

Cons: Does not come with a driver disc
requires airflow to stay cool

Other Thoughts: Overall you can't beat Intel network cards in the server market. They are fast, reliable, and the most stable drivers on the market.

Even if you don't have a 10Gb switch this is still a good card to put in your server, as that is one less thing that needs configuration when you do upgrade your network equipment.

It doesn't come with a driver disc but I believe most sewer server OSes will have native support. I know for a fact VM Ware ESXi 5.5.0 u2, Citrix XenServer 7.2 and Citrix XenServer 7.3 have native drivers for this card.

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  • Ken W.
  • 1/16/2015 10:57:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel = Stability

Pros: Dual 10Gbase-T (RJ45) ports in one slot
Intel Reliability and stability
Low profile bracket included
Supported by EVERY server OS

Cons: Cost.

Other Thoughts: In the world of servers reliability and stability is key. Intel network cards are in my opinion your only choice. They have extremely stable drivers for every server OS, and I've never had an Intel network card fail in the 14 years that I've been doing server support. In the end this card is Its a little costly but it is extremely fast, and reliable.

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  • Erik A.
  • 10/27/2013 7:11:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Does exactly what it is supposed to. Setup was as easy as any other networking card, except ten times the speed!

We put one of these on our server, and on our video editing workstation. We have a Netgear 10gbe XS708E switch between them. They are all connected through shielded CAT7.

In a realistic day-to-day use, it's usually around 300 to 500 MBps. In some specific scenarios (large ISO files, etc) it goes to over 700MBps. This easily maxes out the SSD on the workstation! We no longer have to copy video files locally at our studio, instead they can remain on the server.

It was very easy to set up link aggregation. I managed a peak of roughly 1.8GBps transfers to the server in specific scenarios, like setting up a ramdrive, running ATTO, etc.

Cons: Kinda pricy, but being able to stream our huge Nuke and AE composites from the server without lag has more than paid for itself.

Other Thoughts: The NIC worked great and as expected. But full 10gbe switches are still expensive and LOUD. Not recommended for home use unless you can avoid using the current range of 10gb switches.

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