Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am building a few ClearOS boxes, and am trying to use components I have available without purchasing anything (yet) if possible.

I have some 3com 3C905-TX cards, a 3C SOHO-100, some 3C905B-TX cards, some 3C905CX-TX-M then some other generic cards, for examples, some with a chipset of "RTL8169S-32", and some others.

Is there a writeup out there comparing cards in general, or other information I can refer to? Or any thoughts you have on which ones I should use - or if they are all junk, thats helpful too!

So, if they are too old / junk, what should I be looking for in a card - features / technology to know if a card is good for performance vs. being just an average/junk card?

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Well they're all PCI 100Mbps NICs from over a decade ago so it's all a bit pointless trying to pick which one is 'best' as they'll all be equally creaky. If you want write-up you may need to use or buy some old magazines on ebay.

Basically they're all junk yes.

share|improve this answer
Can you recommend what I should look for in a card - features / similar to ensure I select a good modern nic card? – Scott Szretter Jan 21 '12 at 23:38
For 1Gbps I'd strongly suggest using a PCI-e based systemboard and NIC, but once you're in that territory then any brand and model will be fine so long as it's supported by your OS. – Chopper3 Jan 21 '12 at 23:39
Thanks. I ended up getting some generic 1GB nics, realtek chipset based. Seem to work well. – Scott Szretter Feb 1 '12 at 17:15

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.