List of NICs and their equivalent OEM parts

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Yes, the traffic is on the same subnet but there's two switches in series, one was 10Gbe and the other 1Gbe. The bottleneck might just be the slow processor (J1800).

I am selling the 10Gbe switch because I'm freaking out that I'm broke, I should try iperf again now that I took it out of the chain.

I got a low-profile bracket so I can put my NC364T in my pfSense appliance permanently - It's a lot better match than that AOC-SG-I4, which will go in my 2011-3 server as soon as I can find a full-size bracket.

Does anyone here just use straight-up Linux for a firewall? I'm wondering if it'd be any faster than pfSense...
 

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I've got a couple of Chelsio cards to add to the collection:

Chelsio T420-LL-CR is part number 110-1146-40 C0 - Chelsio T420 10GbE with Offload
Chelsio T420-CR is 110-1159-40 A0 - Chelsio T420 Low Latency 10GbE with Offload

There are both full offload cards, the LL-CR is a low-latency adapter.

These aren't OEM but there's no reference available anywhere listing Models and Part No.s, frequently the cards are listed on eBay by Part No exclusively.
 
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I've got a couple of Chelsio cards to add to the collection:

Chelsio T420-LL-CR is part number 110-1146-40 C0
Chelsio T420-CR is 110-1159-40 A0

There are both full offload cards, the LL-CR is a low-latency adapter.

These aren't OEM but there's no reference available anywhere listing Models and Part No.s, frequently the cards are listed on eBay by Part No exclusively.
Those are 10Gb cards, aren't they? I remember I bought a couple T420-CRs to try and use between a Windows machine and perhaps ESXi, realized the drivers for windows are old AF (like 8-10 years) and sent them back. Bought a T520-CR instead I'm now trying to sell, but it works with newer versions of ESXi (they stopped including drivers for the T420 after version 5.5, I think).

Although I do have an N320E-CXA passed through to my pfSense VM and it detected it OOB. Seems like older Chelsio stuff is great for Linux + FreeBSD. Just not ESXi or Windows.

I never saw them listed by PN but that's probably because I had no idea what to search for. Thanks!
 

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Those are 10Gb cards, aren't they? I remember I bought a couple T420-CRs to try and use between a Windows machine and perhaps ESXi, realized the drivers for windows are old AF (like 8-10 years) and sent them back. Bought a T520-CR instead I'm now trying to sell, but it works with newer versions of ESXi (they stopped including drivers for the T420 after version 5.5, I think).

Although I do have an N320E-CXA passed through to my pfSense VM and it detected it OOB. Seems like older Chelsio stuff is great for Linux + FreeBSD. Just not ESXi or Windows.

I never saw them listed by PN but that's probably because I had no idea what to search for. Thanks!
Yeah, these are 10Gb adapters. I had the same issue finding info dereferencing part numbers to models too. I mailed Chelsio support about it last week and haven't heard back from them so I ended up just buying a couple from eBay with the option to return if I accidentally purchased FC adapters or something.

Also yeah, Chelsio has some of the best FreeBSD support included in-box. That's why I bought a couple of their adapters, I'm working on a virtualized 10Gb pfSense guest with SR-IOV passthrough at the moment.

Do you have any idea what the power draw is on the N320E that you're using? I've been tracking power consumption numbers as I test various cards the last couple of weeks and I'd love to add more data.
 

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Yeah, these are 10Gb adapters. I had the same issue finding info dereferencing part numbers to models too. I mailed Chelsio support about it last week and haven't heard back from them so I ended up just buying a couple from eBay with the option to return if I accidentally purchased FC adapters or something.

Also yeah, Chelsio has some of the best FreeBSD support included in-box. That's why I bought a couple of their adapters, I'm working on a virtualized 10Gb pfSense guest with SR-IOV passthrough at the moment.

Do you have any idea what the power draw is on the N320E that you're using? I've been tracking power consumption numbers as I test various cards the last couple of weeks and I'd love to add more data.
My Ivy Bridge Xeon E3-1230 v2 and X9SCL-F w/ 4 UDIMMs, 3 intel SSDs, a 4-port Intel 82571-based card (HP NC364T) and the N320E-CXA draws around 80W at the wall at idle per my cheap Belkin watt meter. I unfortunately don't have any more precise measurement than that, though. I'd say the computer without any PCIe cards and one SSD probably idles between 50-60W based on what I've seen testing other similar computers, so the N320E-CXA is probably drawing somewhere around 7-11W is my best guess.

I'm using pfSense, too, but I'm starting to move towards using OpenSUSE Tumbleweed for its firewalld+BPfilter and VPP+DPDK support. It's cutting edge stuff, you should look it up. I'll miss the web GUI, but I was iperf-ing 2.5-3Gbps w/ 10Gb equipment using pfSense, and I decided to switch platforms rather than throw more hardware at it.
 

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My Ivy Bridge Xeon E3-1230 v2 and X9SCL-F w/ 4 UDIMMs, 3 intel SSDs, a 4-port Intel 82571-based card (HP NC364T) and the N320E-CXA draws around 80W at the wall at idle per my cheap Belkin watt meter. I unfortunately don't have any more precise measurement than that, though. I'd say the computer without any PCIe cards and one SSD probably idles between 50-60W based on what I've seen testing other similar computers, so the N320E-CXA is probably drawing somewhere around 7-11W is my best guess.

I'm using pfSense, too, but I'm starting to move towards using OpenSUSE Tumbleweed for its firewalld+BPfilter and VPP+DPDK support. It's cutting edge stuff, you should look it up. I'll miss the web GUI, but I was iperf-ing 2.5-3Gbps w/ 10Gb equipment using pfSense, and I decided to switch platforms rather than throw more hardware at it.
Yeah, Ideally I'd move to a pure linux router but I haven't found anything with a decent web front end yet besides OpenWRT.

I haven't done too much with Chelsio on this front yet but I've tested Solarflare and Mellanox cards fairly extensively for SR-IOV passthrough. I've been able to use VFs from both reliably with Linux guest OSes running on Proxmox at full line rate with extremely low overhead. I've been meaning to look at DPDK as well but I wanted to finish the SR-IOV survey of 10GbE cards and drivers first.

It looks like DPDK is in the FreeBSD ports collection already too, I'll definitely check it out. I was really hoping to have some success using SR-IOV with pfSense but DPDK could be the next best thing.
 

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Yeah, Ideally I'd move to a pure linux router but I haven't found anything with a decent web front end yet besides OpenWRT.

I haven't done too much with Chelsio on this front yet but I've tested Solarflare and Mellanox cards fairly extensively for SR-IOV passthrough. I've been able to use VFs from both reliably with Linux guest OSes running on Proxmox at full line rate with extremely low overhead. I've been meaning to look at DPDK as well but I wanted to finish the SR-IOV survey of 10GbE cards and drivers first.

It looks like DPDK is in the FreeBSD ports collection already too, I'll definitely check it out. I was really hoping to have some success using SR-IOV with pfSense but DPDK could be the next best thing.
There's always webmin + yast! :) Those are the training wheels I was planning on using.

There's plenty of guides on important firewalld rules to make and how to get your head around zones, etc. I think it'll be fairly straightforward.

Yast is easy AF to use and can be displayed across SSH connection, but its firewall plugin has been broken since OpenSUSE migrated away from SUSEFirewall2. They'll probably get it working again for firewalld soon enough, but for now the firewalld plugin for webmin would have to suffice.

If you're using Proxmox you should be pretty golden in terms of card compatibility, I can't think of many devices that won't work with Debian.

It's ESXi that's the hard one, they like to depreciate equipment within a year or two unless it's essential infrastructure (e.g. ESXi 6.7 still supports some Intel-based CX4 cards - probably last version). I was looking into doing VDI with vGPU and the cheapest card I could find that supports it was over $2,000 (used on eBay!). There were $500 cards (e.g. GRID K1) that would support up to four guests they just depreciated in ESXi 6.5, so that's no longer an option.

Oh wow, that's great that dpdk is in the ports tree. Is vpp available too? AFAIK it's the combination of the two specifically for networking applications that's the killer. You should check it out: VPP/What is VPP? - fd.io

There's some good projects under 'use cases' too you might be able to adapt. I'll look for a guide for FreeBSD specifically, maybe I wouldn't have to switch firewall software after all.

Edit: Jim from netgate (who is releasing their 'nextgen pfsense software') is here on a mailserv saying "dpdk on freebsd is a bit of a mess" - has some specific speed comparisons with Linux: state of packet forwarding in FreeBSD?

Thankfully it's pretty old, so maybe progress has been made.

Edit edit: Here's a presentation he gave on 'pfSense 3.0' (which I think has been renamed to 'TNSR'): https://dpdksummit.com/Archive/pdf/2017Userspace/DPDK-Userspace2017-Day2-9-pfSense.pdf

Note: TNSR still uses Centos 7.
 
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Yeah, I'm not too worried about proxmox supporting the hardware it's more of an issue for non Linux guest operating systems. I've been hunting for hardware that supports SR-IOV passthough to FreeBSD so I can run pfSense or OPNsense guests at line rate. I've tested 4 or 5 vendors so far and the closest I've come to success was with Mellanox on FreeBSD 12. Driver support for VFs in FreeBSD is pretty much awful at the moment.

I'll definitely check out vpp, that sounds interesting.

I've considered moving to Vyos, but this has been a pretty solid learning experience wrt SR-IOV so far and I think I'll at least test DPDK before I give up on the *BSD derivatives.
 

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I've considered moving to Vyos, but this has been a pretty solid learning experience wrt SR-IOV so far and I think I'll at least test DPDK before I give up on the *BSD derivatives.
Did you take a look at the FreeBSD mailserv message from Jim at Netgate? If so, what did you make of that?

Looked to me like he was saying that there are integral issues with FreeBSD (and by extension, pfSense) that prevent it from being able to achieve anywhere near the speeds he has been getting with Centos.

It sure seems like that's why they built their new platform around Centos and not FreeBSD, because they seem a bit like FreeBSD fanboys and I doubt the last thing they wanted to do was leave it for something else...

Edit: I found an interesting Reddit post from one of the Netgate founders (not sure which one) with some more information about the technologies behind gaining faster Mpps. Definitely worth a look: Can a BSD system replicate the performance of high-end router appliance? : networking
 
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Mellanox nics (sorry for not prettifying that list :D):

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Card   Type   Speed   Ports   PCIE   Variations
MCX415A-CCAT   EN   100GBE   1 QSFP28   3.0 x16   IBM EKAM, H3C 0631A012/0231A7PU/0231A7XR
MCX416A-CCAT   EN   100GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x16   IBM EC3L (Low Profile), IBM EC3M, Dell 540-BBQH, DELL 540-BBQF (Low Profile), DELL 540-BBVR (Low Profile), DELL 540-BBUU (Low Profile), H3C 9901A3SQ
MCX311A-XCAT   EN   10GBE   1 SFP+   3.0 x8   Lenovo 00AE047
MCX312A-XCBT   EN   10GBE   2 SFP+   3.0 x8   Lenovo 00D9690, Lenovo SC50K57838
MCX314A-BCBT   EN   40/56GBE   2 QSFP+   3.0 x8   IBM EC3A (Low Profile), IBM EC3B
MCX414A-BCAT   EN   40/56GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x8   IBM EKF1
MCX416A-BCAT   EN   40/56GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x16   H3C 9901A3SR, Lenovo SN30L67871
MCX4121A-XCAT   EN LX   10GBE   2 SFP28   3.0 x8   IBM EC2R (Low Profile), IBM EC2S, H3C 0631A013/0231A7Q0/0231A7XS, Lenovo SN30M86842
MCX4121A-ACAT   EN LX   25GBE   2 SFP28   3.0 x8   IBM EKAU (Low Profile), IBM EC2T (Low Profile), IBM EC2U, IBM AHB6, IBM AC0E, IBM AH16, IBM 0412, DELL 406-BBLC (Low Profile), DELL 406-BBLF, DELL 406-BBLH, H3C 0631A015/0231A7G5/0231A7G6, HPE 817753-B21, Lenovo 01GR250, Lenovo 4XC0G88861, Lenovo SN30P15739
MCX4411A-ACQN   EN LX   25GBE   1 SFP28   OCP 2.0/3.0 x8   Lenovo SN30M07759
MCX4421A-ACQN   EN LX   25GBE   2 SFP28   OCP 2.0/3.0 x8   Lenovo SN30L26463
MCX4131A-BCAT   EN LX   40GBE   1 QSFP28   3.0 x8   Lenovo 00MM950
MCX312B-XCCT   EN PRO   10GBE   2 SFP+   3.0 x8   IBM EC2M (Low Profile), IBM EL40 (Low Profile), IBM EC2N, IBM EL54, IBM EC37 (Low Profile), IBM EL3X (Low Profile), IBM EC38, IBM EL53, DELL 540-BBPC (Low Profile), DELL 540-BBOU, HPE 779793-B21
MCX314A-BCCT   EN PRO   40/56GBE   2 QSFP14   3.0 x8   DELL 540-BBOZ, DELL 540-BBPN
MCB191A-FCAT   IB   FDR   1 QSFP14   3.0 x8   Lenovo 00D1864
MCB193A-FCAT   IB   FDR   1 QSFP14   3.0 x16   Lenovo 00D1773
MCB194A-FCAT   IB   FDR   2 QSFP14   3.0 x16   Lenovo 46W0571
MCX455A-ECAT   VPI   EDR/100GBE   1 QSFP28   3.0 x16   IBM EC3T (Low Profile), IBM EC3U, DELL 540-BBQI, DELL 540-BBOG, HPE 825110-B21, Lenovo 00KH924
MCX456A-ECAT   VPI   EDR/100GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x16   IBM EKAL, EC3E (Low Profile), IBM EC3F, DELL 540-BBQG, DELL 540-BBOB (Low Profile), HPE 825111-B21, Lenovo 00MM960
MCX555A-ECAT   VPI   EDR/100GBE   1 QSFP28   3.0 x16   IBM EKFD, IBM EC62 (Low Profile), IBM EC63, DELL 540-BCDJ, DELL 540-BCDI, H3C 0231A7GH/0231A7GM, HPE 872725-B21, Lenovo 4C57A08979
MCX556A-ECAT   VPI   EDR/100GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x16   HPE 872726-B21, Lenovo 4C57A08980
MCX556A-EDAT   VPI   EDR/100GBE   2 QSFP28   4.0 x16   IBM EKAY
MCX353A-FCBT   VPI   FDR/40/56GBE   1 QSFP14   3.0 x8   DELL 540-BBKI (Low Profile)
MCX354A-FCBT   VPI   FDR/40/56GBE   2 QSFP14   3.0 x8   DELL 540-BBKH (Low Profile), H3C 0231A7D1/0231A7D2, Lenovo 00D9550, Lenovo SN30M27771
MCX453A-FCAT   VPI   FDR/40/56GBE   1 QSFP28   3.0 x8   H3C 9901A3M6/0231A9CA, Lenovo 7XC7A05524
MCX454A-FCAT   VPI   FDR/40/56GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x8   Lenovo 7ZT7A00500
MCX354A-FCCT   VPI PRO   FDR/40/56GBE   2 QSFP14   3.0 x8   HPE 764284-B21
MCX556M-ECAT-S25   VPI Socket Direct   EDR/100GBE   2 QSFP28   3.0 x8 (*2)   Lenovo 4C57A09506
I can get rid of those OEM ref guides right now, great effort compiling the list!:)
 

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It looks like the HP NC560SFP+ is an Intel X520-DA2, or at least uses the same controller as one.

HPE Support document - HPE Support Center

Edit: the 560T is an Intel X540: https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/getpdf.aspx/c04111372.pdf

The 530T is a Broadcom 57810S (NetXtreme II) 10-base T version, it's in the same family as the 530SFP+ that's already listed.

Also, a note on the HP NC523SFP adapter -- I wouldn't recommend them, there's a sticker on the top edge of the heatsink that says "CAUTION: NO CONTACT HOT!" and it isn't lying. The card runs extremely hot and power-hungry.

The HP 570SFP+ is a Solarflare SFC9020
HPE Ethernet 10Gb 2P 570SFP+ Adapter

You can find *super* cheap solarflare cards by searching for them by their regulatory product codes on eBay:
S7120 for the SFN7122F (PCIe 3.0 w/ OpenOnload)
S6102 for the SFN6122F (PCIe 2.0 w/ OpenOnload)

When these are listed by their proper model numbers they run from $75 and up, when they're mis-listed by regulatory product code only they typically start at $20/ea.

https://support.solarflare.com/index.php/component/cognidox/2?task=download&file=SF-113140-DH-15.xml&subdoc=SF-103837-CD&subissue=10&o=7&format=raw&ved=2ahUKEwjCufKUoILgAhVRvKwKHaSTATkQFjAAegQIAhAB&usg=AOvVaw1TqCZ9NICOPb-N3fl0W684
 
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So should I assume if I buy something from these lists, it wouldn't be counterfeit compared to an Intel version? More importantly a i340-t4
 

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So should I assume if I buy something from these lists, it wouldn't be counterfeit compared to an Intel version? More importantly a i340-t4
I haven't spotted any obvious HP or Dell OEM counterfeits among the boards I've purchased this year. That doesn't mean they won't ever exist but it seems like the people pushing fakes are going for the brand name Intel premium price instead of saturating the OEM market.
 

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Intel X520-DA2 82599EB / E10G42BTDA (PCI-E 2.0 x8, 5.8~7.0W, SFP+, SR-IOV)
- Fujitsu D2755-A11
 
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Intel X710-DA2[/B] 2-port (PCI-E 3.0 x8, 3.3~5.1W, SFP+)
- Lenovo / IBM 81Y3522 81Y3520
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I purchased this Lenovo X710-DA2 card for 99 USD on eBay.
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This early revision from November 2014 has X710 B0 stepping (FTX710-AM2) and reported as DEV ID 0x1572.
FTX710-AM2.jpgS-Spec B0, B1.pngDEV ID.pngDEV ID.png

The card has Lenovo customized firmware which means, that can't be updated with files from the Intel website. So there is guide to get the latest Lenovo firmware:
  • 4.26 -> 4.42 (CD v20.6)
  • complete A/C cycle is required
  • 4.42 -> 4.53 (CD v20.6)
  • reboot is required
  • 4.53 -> 5.04 (CD v20.7.2b, FRU 01DA901) / 5.05 (CD v21.1)
  • reboot is required
  • 5.05 -> 6.01 (CD v22.9)
  • reboot is required
  • 6.01 -> 6.80 (CD v23.5.1a, file name: intc-lnvgy_sw_nic_v23.5.1a-cd_anyos_x86-64.zip)
  • reboot is required
  • 6.80 -> 7.00 (CD v24.2a, intc-lnvgy_utl_nic_net-24.2a-cd_anyos_x86-64.zip)
Manual firmware update with enhanced logging:
Code:
For Linux
- ./nvmupdate64e -u -l update.log -o update.xml

For ESXi
if using i40e driver
- ./nvmupdate64e -u -l update.log -o update.xml
if using i40en driver
- ./nvmupdaten64e -u -l update.log -o update.xml

For Windows
- nvmupdatew64e -u -l update.log -o update.xml
Code:
c:\X710\700Series\Winx64>nvmupdatew64e.exe -u -l -o update.xml -b -c nvmupdate.cfg

Intel(R) Ethernet NVM Update Tool
NVMUpdate version 1.34.12.0
Copyright (C) 2013 - 2019 Intel Corporation.

Config file read.
Inventory
[00:004:00:00]: Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X710 for 10GbE SFP+
        Flash inventory started.
        Shadow RAM inventory started.
        Alternate MAC address is not set.
        Shadow RAM inventory finished.
        Flash inventory finished.
        OROM inventory started.
        OROM inventory finished.
Update
[00:004:00:00]: Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X710 for 10GbE SFP+
        Creating backup images in directory: 6805CA30EF9C.
        Backup images created.
        Flash update started.
|======================[100%]======================|
        NVM image verification started.
        Shadow RAM image verification started.
|======================[100%]======================|
        Shadow RAM image verification finished.
        Flash image verification started.
|======================[100%]======================|
        Flash image verification finished.
        NVM image verification finished.
        Flash update successful.
Checking update availability for next tool run.
Post update inventory
[00:004:00:00]: Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X710 for 10GbE SFP+
        Flash inventory started.
        Alternate MAC address is not set.
        Flash inventory finished.
        OROM inventory started.
        OROM inventory finished.
Reboot is required to complete the update process.

How check firmware version:
Code:
Windows PowerShell
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Try the new cross-platform PowerShell https://aka.ms/pscore6

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Get-IntelNetAdapter | Format-List -Property DriverVersion, ETrackID, NVMVersion


DriverVersion : 1.10.128.0
ETrackID      : 0x80001609
NVMVersion    : 4.26

DriverVersion : 1.10.128.0
ETrackID      : 0x80001609
NVMVersion    : 4.26

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Windows PowerShell
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Try the new cross-platform PowerShell https://aka.ms/pscore6

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> get-IntelNetAdapter | Format-List -Property DriverVersion, ETrackID, NVMVersion


DriverVersion : 1.10.128.0
ETrackID      : 0x80005183
NVMVersion    : 7.00

DriverVersion : 1.10.128.0
ETrackID      : 0x80005183
NVMVersion    : 7.00
 
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I purchased this Lenovo X710-DA2 card for 99 USD on eBay.
Thanks for providing details information, analysis, and update firmware guide, but would you be so kind and educate me on why would you spend $100 on this single card, then dual 10gig cards are dime a dozen on fleabay, just one random example:
What makes Intel that much more special? It doesn't do 25/40gig, not iWARP/RDMA...
I am not being sarcastic, I would genuinely love to know your thought process on this.