Finally I got my 10 Gigabit connection working. It took many hours scattered over two months. From the uncertainty that the used hardware may have a bug, over driver to linux kernel issues. But all in all is a 10 GBit home network worth it?
Today two Brocade 1020 network cards arrived. You may wonder, what’s special about them. They are capable of delivering data rates up to 10 Gbps per port. I plan to upgrade the connection from my PC to my home server. This link is currently limited by the 1 Gbit between them. But let me start at the beginning.
It seems to be a problem that my old Gigabyte EX58-UD4P mainboard doesn’t support a base frequency over 150 MHz with this CPU, resulting a maximum core clock of 3.3 GHz for all cores (Old post). I tried all available bios firmwares, but none was able to POST with a higher base frequency. It was possible to overclock while running Windows 7 using the Gigabyte EasyTune 6 tool. But this solution isn’t satisfying for a daily use.
Since 2009 I have an Intel Socket 1366 system running. So over the years I overclocked the built in Core i7-920 to (nearly) 3.5 GHz.