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2018/05/13 07:13:04 (permalink)
Anybody have a good explanation as to why the Dark (and many other motherboards for that matter) have 2 different Intel NICs? The Dark for example has an i219 and an i210.
 
Been wondering this for a while and have seen no clear, logical explanation.
 
Thank you.

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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/13 07:42:10 (permalink)


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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/16 14:22:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby SimonOcean 2018/05/16 14:25:43
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Anybody have a good explanation as to why the Dark (and many other motherboards for that matter) have 2 different Intel NICs? The Dark for example has an i219 and an i210.
 
Been wondering this for a while and have seen no clear, logical explanation.
 
Thank you.


They are 2 different types of NICs.  One's a Physical Layer port (PHY) only (i219V) and the other is a Media Access Control (MAC) + PHY port (i210AT).
 
There are many reasons for more than one port.  For example, you can connect one to your regular router for internet connection, while also having it connect directly to another device on your network or a NAS system for data backup.  In the X299 Dark's case, it also supports teaming, which can greatly improve your bandwidth and/or stability.
 
https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/ethernet-connection-i219-datasheet.pdf
https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/datasheets/i210-ethernet-controller-datasheet.pdf
 
For many people, they may never use more than one network port, but a great number of power users can easily improve the way they use many devices in their environments.
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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/16 14:27:52 (permalink)
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Terrific explanation Lee. (Thanks also to bcavnaugh who also PMed me with good information). Thanks for explaining why the two ports might be useful too. Hopefully other people - who may have been wondering too - find this useful too.
 
Thanks again.

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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/17 23:05:54 (permalink)
For daily gaming, so which one is the recommended to use ? Thanks!

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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/18 06:55:36 (permalink)
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For daily gaming, so which one is the recommended to use ? Thanks!


Either one will do the job...……...

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Re: Intel NICs i219 and i210 (on X299 Dark) 2018/05/18 12:02:16 (permalink)
219 is built in to the chipset, so doesn't waste a PCI-E lane, and is basically free as far as power consumption goes.
Stick with the 219V - it's a good NIC and there's no reason why you shouldn't use it.

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