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Motherboards z77 with dual nics onboard

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by craigp84, 20 Dec 2012.

  1. craigp84

    craigp84 What's a Dremel?

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    Are there any other z77 based mobos with dual nics onboard? I can find H77 boards or the EVGA z77 board.

    Maybe i can get away with an H77 board - it's for a HTPC, but i'd like to be able to overclock and it'll be a 3570k CPU anyway (difference between a k or non-k is about £3, even a 3550 is only about £10 cheaper - not worth the saving).

    Any leads greatly appreciated!
     
  2. lancer778544

    lancer778544 Multimodder

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    fdbh96 What's a Dremel?

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    Just a question, what do people actually use dual nics for. Ive seen a couple of high end motherboards with it and wondered what the point was.
     
  4. craigp84

    craigp84 What's a Dremel?

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    @lancer - many thanks!

    In case it helps anyone else in future, here's @lancer's and a couple of others with prices from amazon:

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    z77 with Dual NICs:
        Gigabyte
            GA-Z77N-WIFI £91 (mITX)
            G1 Sniper 3 £250
            GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI £160
            GA-Z77X-UD5H £151
            GA-Z77X-UP7 £280
        ASUS
            P8Z77 WS £230
            P8Z77-V DELUXE £175
            P8Z77-V PREMIUM £300
        ASROCK
            Z77 Extreme11 £359
            Fatal1ty Z77 Professional £164
            Z77 Extreme9 £230
            Z77 WS £225
        EVGA
            Z77 Cheesecake £270
    
     
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  5. craigp84

    craigp84 What's a Dremel?

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    Don't know about others but for me in this case it's because it's replacing another HTPC. Since it was always on i used it as a router too.

    I used tc on linux to setup traffic shaping and a squid web proxy. I'm on virgin which generally has low ping latencies but even so, my home t'internet tends to feel a lot faster than anywhere else, all thanks to having that box in the middle caching pages and prioritising packets.
     
  6. Bitwacker

    Bitwacker C# forever

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    It is nice for playing with networks (firewalls, pfSense) or with virtual machine hosts... I guess. I cannot see how this helps gaming.
     
  7. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Here are some possibilities:
    -> Bridge the 2 Ethernet, providing you optimal performance, backup line in the case, for some reason, one of the Ethernet cable to your router breaks,
    -> Use as router
    -> Back Ethernet in the case one of them breaks.. could be an advantage if you plan to keep or give to someone the computer after 5 years, where the warranty is well passed. But the chances of that happening (that it breaks) is usually very, very, slim. OR, in case you plan to have Windows 10 or 11 on it, by having 2 different controllers, you increase your chances of compatibility (all depending if Microsoft revamp some core stuff related to networking)
     
  8. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Maybe it's me, but it is not easier just to get a board you really like instead of limiting yourself to dual-NIC boards and add an extra ethernet port using a PCI-E card. Am i being too old-school to think about this alternative ?
     
  9. theshadow2001

    theshadow2001 [DELETE] means [DELETE]

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    If you want to use the same computer on two different networks. I have used this where a computer was connected to an office LAN as well as a separate device network. Most home users will never make use of two NICs.
     
  10. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    I was thinking of that as well. Would end up a lot cheaper.
     

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