I'm shopping a dell machine and wanted to know what the experts thought about the value aded by getting an upgraded NIC. I've got cat6 throughout network and gigabit routers.
On-Board Single Gigabit Network Adapter [Included in Price]
Intel® PRO 1000PT 1GbE Single Port NIC, PCIe-1 [add $139]
Intel® PRO 1000PT 1GbE Dual Port NIC, PCIe-4 [add $199] Dell Recommended May delay your PowerEdge T100 ship date
Broadcom® 5722 1GbE Single Port NIC, PCIe-1 [add $59]
Broadcom® 5708 Single Port 1GbE NIC w/TOE PCIe-4 [add $99]
Broadcom® 5708 Single Port 1GbE NIC w/TOE iSCSI, PCIe-4 [add $99]
Do the intel or broadcom nics perform better than the onboard? I'm using the servers for app servers/db servers/dcs. OS - windows server 2008 standard
The servers are xeon quadcore with 8gb ram and 7200rpm drives. They will be used for dc, sql server, iis.