Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro Dual port 10GbE $54USD BO + shipping

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Huge caveat up front here -- These are IBM Power architecture adapters, I picked one of these up a couple of weeks ago from the same seller and never managed to get it working. I only had one adapter to test so I don't know if my board was DoA or if the firmware on these is just incompatible with Intel systems.

I had no problem returning my adapter for a refund, so if you're willing to accept the risk of an incompatible part and deal with the return these are potentially a pretty good deal.

With that out of the way I BO'd $70CAD ($54) + shipping ($74 total.) These typically go for $110-200. These are OEM MCX312B-XCCT manufactured for IBM for use in Power architecture servers.

IBM 00RX859 PCIe3 LP 2-port 10 GbE NIC and RoCE SFP+ Copper Adapter EC37 | eBay

Also included are 2x transceivers, that's another $15-$20 in value.

If anyone decides to jump on these let me know how you do with the cross flash, I'd love to hear about it if anyone gets one working.
 

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IBM 00RX859 cards can be used with Intel servers. They work well with VMware ESXi 6 and the VMware Mellanox drivers. I have not tried flashing stock Mellanox firmware, but the Mellanox web site has firmware for those IBM cards. Their last update is 2.36.5000 from Oct-2016.

http://www.mellanox.com/page/firmware_table_IBM_SystemP
(click on "Firmware" tab, look for PSID IBM1200111023)

Current firmware for stock Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro is 2.42.5000 from Sep-2017.

http://www.mellanox.com/page/firmware_table_ConnectX3ProEN

IBM independently released 2.40.5030 firmware on Feb-2017 for their Linux Power Architecture systems. Have not tried it. It can be unpacked from the installation RPM as file b31507101410e704.000200405030.

IBM Microcode Update Readme File

https://www.ibm.com/support/fixcent...8278166_20170203172610_GRP&source=dbluesearch
 

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IBM 00RX859 cards can be used with Intel servers. They work well with VMware ESXi 6 and the VMware Mellanox drivers. I have not tried flashing stock Mellanox firmware, but the Mellanox web site has firmware for those IBM cards. Their last update is 2.36.5000 from Oct-2016.

http://www.mellanox.com/page/firmware_table_IBM_SystemP
(click on "Firmware" tab, look for PSID IBM1200111023)

Current firmware for stock Mellanox ConnectX-3 Pro is 2.42.5000 from Sep-2017.

http://www.mellanox.com/page/firmware_table_ConnectX3ProEN

IBM independently released 2.40.5030 firmware on Feb-2017 for their Linux Power Architecture systems. Have not tried it. It can be unpacked from the installation RPM as file b31507101410e704.000200405030.

IBM Microcode Update Readme File

https://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/quickorder?product=ibm/io/featurecode/EC38&fixids=1748278166_20170203172610_GRP&source=dbluesearch
Yeah, I suspected the card I received was just DOA rather than incompatible.

Cross flashing shouldn't be an issue on these but I thought I'd warn people for full disclosure.