Subject: Re: wm(4) 64-bit NIC in 32-bit slot?
To: Pavel Cahyna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 05/27/2003 12:29:17
>please, does anybody know if the 64-bit Intel Gig-Ethernet server card will
>work in "normal" 32-bit PCI slots?
Depends which of the 3 or 4 distinct chipsets models you have. Newer
retail boards (Pro/1000MT?) may work only in 3.3v slots, which usually
equates to requiring a 64-bit as well. Older boards (pro/1000, Pro/1000[F,T,TX])
work fine in 32-bit 5v slots. I used an early wiseman in one for years.
32-bit PCI is a significant bottleneck for gig-e. if you're buying new
(or even buying second-hand), i'd look at a cheaper card, e.g. netgear ga-302T.