The card is a Rosewill 10/100/1000.... so that is a Gigabit card (at least that's how I read the 1000Mbps)... (please correct me if I'm wrong).
Yep, a 1000 Mbps card is a Gigabit card. The 10/100 part means it's backward compatible with older Ethernet standards (all of them are). To make a Gigabit connection, the device you connect to (e.g. router) also has to be Gigabit capable, and you use a Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable.
Ok, thanks.... question here...
Right now I am using a Netgear Dual Band "ac" router... there is a cat 5e cable running to a different part of the house to another router, then from there splits to 3 different computers.
I realize all of this must be capable of gigabit performance, but is there a bottleneck or any issue there that you can think of by running wired from main router, to a second router, then to the gaming PCs ?
Things seem to run fine, but if I am keeping them from running at their best, I'd like to fix that.
I understand if the MB is also capable of gigabit speeds then there is no advantage with the card.
But, you said a couple things that have me perplexed.... could you please expand on these two items?
- "The PCIe bus covers both expansion slots and on board hardware. So a plug in video card or network card is on the PCIe bus, but so are the SATA controllers, on board Ethernet, on board audio, on board USB and so on."
Could you please dumb that down a little for me, lol ?
I'll try PCI Express is not just a type of expansion card. It also serves as an interconnect between motherboard components and the motherboard chipset and CPU.
PCI Express operates in consumer, server, and industrial applications, as a motherboard-level interconnect (to link motherboard-mounted peripherals), a passive backplane interconnect and as an expansion card interface for add-in boards.
In virtually all modern (as of 2012) PCs, from consumer laptops and desktops to enterprise data servers, the PCIe bus serves as the primary motherboard-level interconnect, connecting the host system-processor with both integrated-peripherals (surface-mounted ICs) and add-on peripherals (expansion cards). In most of these systems, the PCIe bus co-exists with one or more legacy PCI buses, for backward compatibility with the large body of legacy PCI peripherals.
Ah.... thank you. This is more knowledge I want, but didn't know enough to ask.
- "....sometimes have dual or more adapters."
Do you just mean they may have more than one ethernet input ?
If so... Is there an advantage to that to a home gamer?
Yes they have more that one Ethernet port. I've had motherboards with this feature, and I only ever used one of them... So for me, no advantage. For a typical gamer who plays online from home, no advantage. It's only useful if you want to connect to more than one network simultaneously. If you don't know if you need to do this, then you probably don't need it ;)
That is how I understood the multiple ethernet ports, but I figured since it was brought up I would ask if there was an advantage I wasn't aware of, thanks.
Well.... I think I have my plan in place.
I see boards with different types of PCIe slots (2.1 x16... x1...etc) so I have more learning to do, and will try to educate myself on what I need there.
Looks like DDR4, according to prices, is something I can do without.... and just stick with DDR3.
Thank you Januk.... and everyone else.
Always a great place to come for help.
If anyone has any further thoughts on any of this, I will definitely be checking back.