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Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1

  • 10Gbps
  • 1 x RJ45
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The new Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1 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, single-port adapter provides bandwidth-intensive applications with highly affordable 10GbE network performance and cost-effective RJ-45 connectivity for distances up to 100 meters.

Intel® Ethernet- It Just Works!


Learn more about the Intel X540-T1

Model

Brand
Intel
Model
X540-T1

Spec

Speed
10Gbps
Connectors
1 x RJ45
Interface
PCI-Express

Features

Features
Intel Virtualization Technology for Connectivity (VT-c)

Intel Data Direct I/O Technology

Intelligent Offloads

Storage Over Ethernet: iSCSI, FCoE, NFS

On-chip QoS and Traffic Management

Flexible Port Partitioning

Virtual Machine Device Queues (VMDq)

PCI-SIG SR-IOV Capable

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Linux Stable Kernel version 3.x, 2.6,x, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, 11, FreeBSD 9, VMware ESX/ESXi

Packaging

Package Contents
Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Information CD
Low-Profile Bracket

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
Lifetime Limited

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  • Justin W.
  • 9/12/2014 3:06:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with FreeNAS

Pros: Works, 10G real throughput. Built-in drivers for FreeNAS

Cons: none

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  • Daniel F.
  • 6/5/2014 4:54:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNo PXE

Pros: Uses inexpensive Cat 7 cables, connects to inexpensive Netgear switch, may work with no configuration, can be used with slower switches if necessary unlike traditional 10GBE equipment.

Cons: PXE boot requires reflashing the NIC

Other Thoughts: I sure like the idea of CX4 because of the terrific cost saving - the cables cost $20 rather than $1,000 (FO) or $200 (DAC) and the Netgear switch is $100 per port rather than $1000. But try as I might I can't get PXE booting turned on.

Intel supplies a program "bootutil" on their website to reflash the NIC to support PXE booting, however it would not install on a windows 7 machine. If I could PXE boot with the card I would give it 4 stars, but I need PXE and can't use the card in production as is. Should be an easy fix for Intel if they care but I think maybe they don't..

The card has some options available on a setup screen in the ROM BIOS of the NIC, however the card I received apparently had display of that screen turned off. Docs say it should be on.

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  • Paul P.
  • 5/10/2014 1:54:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs10 Gb at this price?

Pros: I'm thoroughly amazed at how fast 10Gb is. I'm running this on FreeBSD 10 with ix device.

Cons: None

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  • CFHT C.
  • 4/30/2014 12:07:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks with Freenas

Pros: Works automagically with Freenas, measured +9000Mbps real throughput with iperf from a second system.

Cons: none

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  • Greg M.
  • 10/2/2013 10:39:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks wonderfully with NAS4Free

Pros: There are no real gotcha's with this card. It installs as easily as any other PCIe card. It is compatible with NAS4Free and I will be testing it with VMWare's ESXi also.

Cons: Despite the inference on Intel's website, this card is NOT compatible with Mac OS X. Intel has drivers for every other platform (Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, etc), but NOT for the Mac. The Intel website states that SmallTree maintains Mac drivers for this card - But, it doesn't say that you must buy the 10GbE card directly FROM SmallTree (at twice the price) because SmallTree's drivers will ONLY work with the cards that they directly sell. SmallTree apparently flashes the card's firmware to make it identify as from them.

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  • Grant O.
  • 11/28/2012 10:31:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Setup

Pros: Worked out of the box on FreeNAS 8.3. Worked with Intel drivers on CentOS 6. Speed is comparable to other 10gbit solutions.

Cons: none

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