using a gigabit NIC on a 10/100 network
Just wanted to ask: is it reasonable to expect that an entry level gigabit NIC, say a Linksys EG1032, would perform better than an entry level Fast Ethernet NIC, like a Realtek 8139-based NIC? Or is it better to get a branded fast ethernet NIC like 3com?
i'm looking into improving the performance on our pc-based router; users have been complaining that access to certain servers is noticeably slow. Part of the plan is to upgrade the NICs installed, and i am having issues with what to upgrade them with:
-- if i use gigabit cards, wouldn't they jus fall back to fast ethernet mode(since we're using fast ethernet switches), and not necessarily perform better or at par with a fast ethernet card?
- while branded NICs like those from 3com are indeed faster, their priced almost the same as gigabit cards. From a cost perspective it's seems impractical.