[CentOS] Tips for motherboard with multiple PCI / PCI-e slots

Mon Apr 4 14:23:16 UTC 2011
Cal Sawyer <Cal.Sawyer at artsalliancemedia.com>

Re quad-port NICs: AOC-SG-i4 is good, too, and smaller than the UG version. iirc, it uses a newer Intel chipset as well. Oddly, it isn't listed on Supermicro's site except as a PDF factsheet.  I have a few of them and they work well.  There's also the Intel EXPI9404PTL, but here in the UK it's a fair chunk more expensive than the SM card.


- csawyer

-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Brunner, Brian T.
Sent: 04 April 2011 14:12
To: CentOS mailing list
Subject: Re: [CentOS] Tips for motherboard with multiple PCI / PCI-e slots

centos-bounces at centos.org wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to fit at least three NICs and I was looking for
> motherboard models that contain 3 or 4 CPI (or PCI-e) slots and works
> with CentOS. 

You can get 4 etherports on one card... 
For 17 examples:
How many of those work well with Linux (of whatever variety) I don't
know.  One board claiming RedHat compatibility with a loadable kernel
module is

Another article that might give fast, cheap, albeit old answers is

Why do you need 3 network interface cards?  Would two NICs with 2
etherports each, or 1 4-port card meet your need?

> I had a problem in the past with some models that had a bug
> and did not work well with linux (ok with windows) so that's
> way I am asking this here.

Are you building a desktop/personal machine, or a server?
Are you picky about power/heat/noise factors of the Mobo?

Sorry about your 5 options being narrowed down to 30, but the question
asked was really imprecise.

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