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Intel PRO/1000 GT Gigabit Ethernet PCI Network Adapter Card NIC

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Experience: 2 Weeks


-Intel is best for compatibility
Needed a good gbps card for my NAS server, this one does the job well.

Experience: 70 Days


small footprint
Needed this card since my motherboard only had 10/100 LAN port. This fit the bill perfectly as I had a spare PCI port. LAN speeds are now way faster

Experience: 1 Days


Easy to install
Rock solid
PCI is great for older systems
Intel Brand
A bit expensive, but you get what you pay for
Installtion takes only a minute and drivers were detected within Windows Vista and installed within seconds. Note, no Driver CD is included with this.

Experience: 1 Days


Probably the best gigabit NIC you can buy
Offloads network overhead from the CPU
Even has its own BIOS where settings can be altered
Extensive features
You might not really need it
Expensive for a NIC
Did I really need this? Probably not. It's nice to have the best NIC you can get though, and it will be good for many years.

There aren't too many ways to benchmark performance on a single machine though, tests that aren't dependent on your Internet connection which is orders of magnitude lower than gigabit speeds. I tried a TCP loopback test, time to transfer 10 GB via loopback. It did show an improvement, averaging 47.185 seconds for the onboard gigabit NIC versus 44.54 seconds for the Intel gigabit NIC. That's a 6% improvement. Worth the money? Umm...maybe?

I suppose my ping has gone down too, probably by about the same percentage. I didn't measure it since I don't game online.

This would be much better if I was doing gigabit file transfers, that's where this would really shine, especially coupled with a professional gigabit switch. A PCIe one would have been even better if I was doing gigabit file transfers, those will suck up a lot of the PCI bandwidth and PCIe has much more room. However my motherboard doesn't have any PCIe X 1 slots. My next one will and I'll switch to the PCIe version of this card, moving this one to a secondary computer.

This NIC offloads networking overhead from the CPU. The Intel 82541PI controller that forms the heart of this NIC is much more than a typical PHY device found on motherboards and other NICs, it's actually a network processor. PHYs just convert from one signal to another, the CPU has to process it. That processing is done right on the card with this NIC. Again this offloading would really come into play for large file transfers. Still, every little bit helps even if modern multicore CPUs have lots of resources.

It has way more features than most consumers need. It even has its own BIOS that comes up on bootup, press CTRL+S. Note you can alter  the length of time this screen will wait or you can turn it off entirely.

Intel has extensive documentation regarding setup and features...again, way more than the average consumer needs.

Despite me not really needing it, it still gives me peace of mind knowing that this is one very capable piece of hardware and better in many ways than onboard NICs and other separate NICs. I'll be using more of its advanced capabilities in the future.

Oh incidentally it installed without a hitch in Linux, the e1000 driver that supports this card is built into newer kernels.

Experience: 1 Days


It works. It's compatible with Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 out of the box.
It failed to open my case and install itself
My onboard RealTEK died 3 weeks after buying my mobo. I did not want the downtime associated with the an RMA. I bought this with a PM for $28. It works a little faster. I'm getting 1 or 2 MB/s greater than my RealTEK onboard NIC.

Experience: 5 Months


- Fair cost
- Gigabit
- Reliable and consistent performance
- Intel product (i.e. well made)
- None
Purchased to replace a failed on-board NIC. I have had no problems with this product whatsoever, from install to usage. I would definitely purchase this product again.

Experience: 5 Days


Bought one for an old computer, runs awesome
I would get the CT over this if you can, but if your computer has no free PCI-E ports, this will do just fine. Runs great!

Experience: 2 Months


cheap and works perfectly
I use this card in a router for our small office and I never had any problem. The card is fast and our pfSense router recognize it right away, no hassle at all.

I can't say if the card goes really to 1000Gbits but it works well for all of us. Never had to reboot the router for any problem.

I highly recommand this card as for the price it is good.

Experience: 3 Weeks


Fast, Cheap, Works.
None found.
Cheap fast, NIC card. Works with FreeBSD. Not much to say, installed the card, plugged in a cable, configured it and it worked.

Experience: 2 Months


Rock solid performance, excellent build quality
It's not the cheapest NIC out there, and one of the computers I installed them in didn't have the drivers (Windows XP fully patched). Windows 7 not supported by Intel.
It's a great card; while it costs more that other brands, you're paying for reliability. While being a PCI card it'll be typically used in older PCs, it's worth noting that Intel won't be supporting this adapter under Windows 7, so drivers bundled with the OS will have to be relied on.

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Now you can maximize system performance and increase end-user productivity for mainstream PCs with the new Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter. Today's desktops are weighed down with high-bandwidth applications including voice, data, streaming video, video conferencing, and long-distance storage area networks. The environmentally friendly Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter's Gigabit bandwidth makes quick work of these network applications with power to spare.

Built on Intel lead-free technology, the Intel PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter is the environmentally friendly way to bring Gigabit performance to your desktop at no extra cost.

Quick Specs:
Host Interface PCI
Device Supported PC
Limited Warranty Lifetime
Form Factor Plug-in Card
Network Technology 10/100/1000Base-T
Country of Origin Malaysia
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification RoHS
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports 1
Total Number of Ports 1

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General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: PWLA8391GTBLK
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.intel.com
     Product Line: PRO/1000
     Product Model: GT
     Product Name: PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
     Product Type: Gigabit Ethernet Card
     Host Interface: PCI
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports: 1
     Total Number of Ports: 1
Media & Performance  
     Twisted Pair Cable Standard: Category 5
     Additional Information:
  • Operating Humidity: 85% at +55°C
  • Data Transfer Mode: Bus-master DMA
  • Interrupt Levels: INTA
  • Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) Checksum Offload
  • ACPI Power Management
  • Wake on LAN Support
  • Intel Lead-free Technology
  • Intel SingleDriver Technology
  • Plug and Play Specification Support: Standard
  • Intel PROSet Utility
  • Preboot Execution Environment (PXE)

     Country of Origin: Malaysia
     Device Supported: PC
     Environmental Certification: RoHS
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
     Platform Supported: PC
Network & Communication  
     Network Technology: 10/100/1000Base-T
Physical Characteristics  
     Form Factor: Plug-in Card
     Additional Warranty Information:

Intel warrants to the original owner that the adapter product delivered in this package will be free from defects in material and workmanship. This warranty does not cover the adapter product if it is damaged in the process of being installed or improperly used. For more warranty information follow this link: https://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/cs-009721.htm

     Limited Warranty: Lifetime

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PCI vs PCI-e ? (IAI2k7- Mar 24, 14, 8 Replies)
disconnects on large file transfers (WRX555- Apr 25, 12, 6 Replies)
Problems in linux - debian squeeze (Michael Sungho_H- Dec 07, 11, 0 Replies)
Intel PRO 1000 GT doesn't work with Win7 X64 (Stephen Hiu Leong_F- Jun 18, 11, 9 Replies)
pc wont power up with nic installed (Daniel_M- Jun 19, 10, 8 Replies)
doesn't work with WHS? (Anony- Jan 08, 10, 0 Replies)
What will this do to my ping? (13DogMan13- Jun 20, 09, 6 Replies)
will this work with a freenas server? (Allen_H- Jun 17, 09, 2 Replies)
Is this Intel NIC worth it over the onboard NIC? (Imperfect- May 09, 09, 8 Replies)
This compared to Syba SD-PEX-GLAN (HaleStorm- Apr 16, 09, 8 Replies)
won't work with winXP? (Peter_D- Jan 30, 09, 12 Replies)
Improved Internet speed? (Cameron_D- Dec 27, 08, 4 Replies)
Bad EEPROM? (OilerNut- Dec 12, 08, 0 Replies)
2 Questions about this. (PositioN- Aug 24, 08, 14 Replies)
Intel NIC (Clint_E- Aug 21, 08, 3 Replies)

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