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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2017, 11:53:09 am »
I bought yesterday the one on the first post. When it'll arrive I'll try to make a little review

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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2017, 03:40:24 am »
Here I am. The "fake" nic is arrived and is now running rock solid into my system. It's recognized by both bios and pfsense as an Intel one. Definitely worth the money

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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2017, 09:05:32 pm »
Hi,

Basically they are all Intel cards. The only ones that don't report as Intel are some of the OEM cards that have a different name/PCI ID string for the vendor.

The main chip most likely is, apparently Intel sells those to third parties...

As for the rest of the card a lot of people say that the cheaper ones use lower quality components...

On a real Intel card you will usually have clearly visible Delta chips as well with the logo engraved and not printed (printed are fake and intended to deceive), not MR-MACOM chips of more dubious quality...

On a real Intel card (or real OEM (HP, IBM, etc...) card) even the crystal will be branded while you will barely find any markings except from the clock speed on a cheaper card.

Apparently Winyao cards are not bad but it would not be my first choice, I would either go with a real Intel card (but that means $$$) if it is for a business or a server pull (real Intel or real HP, IBM OEM version, etc..) for home...

Good luck and have a nice day!

Nick
« Last Edit: August 07, 2017, 06:33:10 pm by Knight »

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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2017, 06:47:11 am »
For business sure, buy a new Intel nic - they aren't expensive at all for a business.

For home use, if it will but gigabit specs on iperf you almost certainly will never tell the difference.

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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #34 on: August 08, 2017, 05:53:50 am »
I'll run iperf once it'll be all set up, so I can give you more detailed info

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Re: Newbie: how good are these fake Intel nics?
« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2017, 05:55:51 pm »
This has been discussed several times before on other threads. My experience with a cheap ebay i350-T4 has been very positive since I bought it. Stable as a rock and appropriately fast - and as far as I can tell it's using genuine SoC's.

https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=74158.msg569894#msg569894