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