Subject: Re: NetBSD with PCI bus?
To: None <>
From: Michael L. VanLoon -- <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/18/1995 10:14:44
>Does anybody have experience with NetBSD using PCI interface cards
>(ethernet,SCSI)? I know the INSTALL file lists an NCR PCI SCSI board as

Yes, I used an NCR PCI SCSI card in a NetBSD news server with great

>I'm currently running on an EISA DX50 motherboard with an Adaptec 1742
>EISA SCSI card and a SMC Elite ISA ethernet card. If I want to upgrade
>to a pentium motherboard, the only affordable boards are ISA/PCI, which
>means I'd have to switch to PCI since it can't handle my existing controller.

Actually, although they cost a little bit more, there are plenty of
PCI/EISA motherboards out there.

>Has anybody tried this? How does PCI compare to EISA?

PCI is approximately four times faster than EISA.  Both do full
bus-mastering, and both are faster than a single SCSI interface (EISA
== 33MB/sec, PCI == 132MB/sec, SCSI-2 == 10MB/sec).

  Michael L. VanLoon                       
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