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StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip
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2 out of 5 eggs Intel NICs are the best, but this brand wasn't worth the hassles 09/04/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip

Pros: -Solid intel NIC performance
-4 queue depth compared to 2 in motherboard integrated intel NICs
-Additional options in device manager for DMA Coalescing and TCP low latency
-Low profile, small card
-Black PCB
-Great price

Cons: -Card seems highly incompatible with some boards, unless I got a lemon. I think this brand was wrecking havoc on my Maximus VII Formula's Intel Management Engine Interface. I still don't know the exact issues but it seemed to be confusing the IMEI causing odd POST messages, missing memory from windows, and intel GPU disappearing. All issues gone once card was removed.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an Intel NIC, I would stick with Intel, Supermicro, or some other reputable brand. Something is really odd about this one causing the above issues mentioned in Cons. Every boot would show "(A7) Me FW Downgrade - Request MeSpiLock Failed" and then something about HECI disabled. I even manually updated my IMEI firmware to the latest version for my platform but still was receiving this issue, nomatter what PCIe slot I installed it into. Perhaps the firmware on this card is too old or has some corners cut somewhere in the manufacturing and design. From what I understand, Intel products usually communicate with each other and something was incompatible with this card combined with my z97 chipset and haswell cpu but it might not just be limited to these hardware configurations, could very well be a broken motherboard BIOS implementation too but until I know for sure, I can't recommend buying this unless you want to take a chance. I'll probably be buying an Intel brand of this i210 NIC and painting it black to match my system.

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StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Intel NICs are the best, but this brand wasn't worth the hassles 09/04/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip

Pros: -Solid intel NIC performance
-4 queue depth compared to 2 in motherboard integrated intel NICs
-Additional options in device manager for DMA Coalescing and TCP low latency
-Low profile, small card
-Black PCB
-Great price

Cons: -Card seems highly incompatible with some boards, unless I got a lemon. I think this brand was wrecking havoc on my Maximus VII Formula's Intel Management Engine Interface. I still don't know the exact issues but it seemed to be confusing the IMEI causing odd POST messages, missing memory from windows, and intel GPU disappearing. All issues gone once card was removed.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an Intel NIC, I would stick with Intel, Supermicro, or some other reputable brand. Something is really odd about this one causing the above issues mentioned in Cons. Every boot would show "(A7) Me FW Downgrade - Request MeSpiLock Failed" and then something about HECI disabled. I even manually updated my IMEI firmware to the latest version for my platform but still was receiving this issue, nomatter what PCIe slot I installed it into. Perhaps the firmware on this card is too old or has some corners cut somewhere in the manufacturing and design. From what I understand, Intel products usually communicate with each other and something was incompatible with this card combined with my z97 chipset and haswell cpu but it might not just be limited to these hardware configurations, could very well be a broken motherboard BIOS implementation too but until I know for sure, I can't recommend buying this unless you want to take a chance. I'll probably be buying an Intel brand of this i210 NIC and painting it black to match my system.

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StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Intel NICs are the best, but this brand wasn't worth the hassles 09/04/2016

This review is from: StarTech.com 1 Port PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Network Card - Intel I210 NIC - Single Port PCIe Network Adapter Card w/ Intel Chip

Pros: -Solid intel NIC performance
-4 queue depth compared to 2 in motherboard integrated intel NICs
-Additional options in device manager for DMA Coalescing and TCP low latency
-Low profile, small card
-Black PCB
-Great price

Cons: -Card seems highly incompatible with some boards, unless I got a lemon. I think this brand was wrecking havoc on my Maximus VII Formula's Intel Management Engine Interface. I still don't know the exact issues but it seemed to be confusing the IMEI causing odd POST messages, missing memory from windows, and intel GPU disappearing. All issues gone once card was removed.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for an Intel NIC, I would stick with Intel, Supermicro, or some other reputable brand. Something is really odd about this one causing the above issues mentioned in Cons. Every boot would show "(A7) Me FW Downgrade - Request MeSpiLock Failed" and then something about HECI disabled. I even manually updated my IMEI firmware to the latest version for my platform but still was receiving this issue, nomatter what PCIe slot I installed it into. Perhaps the firmware on this card is too old or has some corners cut somewhere in the manufacturing and design. From what I understand, Intel products usually communicate with each other and something was incompatible with this card combined with my z97 chipset and haswell cpu but it might not just be limited to these hardware configurations, could very well be a broken motherboard BIOS implementation too but until I know for sure, I can't recommend buying this unless you want to take a chance. I'll probably be buying an Intel brand of this i210 NIC and painting it black to match my system.

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