Smoking (US) Aquantia 5G/10G Cards for cheap

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  1. capn_pineapple

    capn_pineapple Active Member

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    Found this one from anandtech: Aquantia Black Friday Nic Deal which is selling 5G and 10G base T cards for cheap cheap cheap.

    Card AQN-107 AQN-108
    5GBASE-T Yes Yes
    10GBASE-T Yes No
    Black Friday Promo Price $69 $59
    Buy from Distributors
    Arrow
    WPGA
    WPI
     
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  2. Churchill

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    Shipping on these suckers is ridiculous as well as trying to get a discount on them.
    Do these work in linux? What is the chipset? Anyone have these?
     
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  3. anoother

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    Real shame these are not available in the EU/UK; I'd be picking a few up if they were.

    No matter how they perform compared to enterprise offerings, the ability to exceed gigabit from a PCIe 1x slot would be super nice.
     
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  4. pyro_

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    They do have Linux support. They are using a chipset made by Aquantia. These are the same cards that have been released by asus and gigabit. Have one and have not had any issues with it
     
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  5. cheezehead

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    Shame the Copper SFP+ modules cost an arm and a leg.
     
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  6. trumee

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    Are they supported under FreeBSD?
     
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  7. lucidrenegade

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    One distributor is in China. Another charges a ridiculous handling fee on top of shipping and sales tax. Arrow didn't even have their prices updated to the sale prices until this afternoon. I ordered two cards when their site said they had 15 in stock and got a confirmation that the order was successful. An hour and a half later I got a message saying they were out of stock and that my order had been cancelled.

    I wrote an email to Aquantia's marketing person listed in their press release regarding this whole mess (low stock, shady distributors, etc.) and suggested they start selling their cards on a reputable site like Amazon. Not that it will make a difference, but it felt good to vent.
     
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  8. Schoondoggy

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    Just curious, what switch are you running with the NIC?
     
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  9. pyro_

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    Have used it with both a unifi 16 xg and a NETGEAR xs708


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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  10. Schoondoggy

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    I agree, it would be great to get a 2.5Gb/s or 5Gb/s NIC in a PCIe v3 x1 slot. Unfortunately, the NBASE-T and MGBASE-T alliances can’t seem to agree on standards, so affordable switches have been slow getting to market.
     
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    It was a 10gb card and using the RJ45 ports not the SFP+ ports
     
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  13. kiteboarder

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    I received an email from WPG Americas that my order has been cancelled because their online stock was incorrect. I was even willing to pay the handling fees and shipping. I believe my order was $250 total for 3 of the $69 10 Gb cards.

    Caution to anyone ordering from that company in the future.
     
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  14. Schoondoggy

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    Got this from Arrow today. Unfortunately no low profile bracket:
    [​IMG]

    Arrow is a large semiconductor/component distributor, selling cards like this is not their main business.
    Now I need a switch to test 5Gb/s and 2.5Gb/s performance.
     
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  15. Schoondoggy

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    Installed in x1 PCIe 3 slot in HPE MicroServer Gen10 and server will not power on. :eek:
    Off to try in another server.
     
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  16. epicurean

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    I would like to know too
     
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    Anyone know the answer to this yet?
     
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  18. lucidrenegade

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    I saw a response from Aquantia in another forum where they stated that they have plans for FreeBSD drivers, but not in the near future.
     
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  19. mjygvfesz

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    I purchased one recently from amazon with prime shipping. Dropped it into my gaming computer and hooked it up to my Unifi 16-xg, got full 10g speed out of it. Not to bad for an 80 to 90 dollar card.
     
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  20. techtoys

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    I have 3 of the Asus cards and they are all running at 10G under Windows over Cat-5e. They had driver problems and used to disappear. It took a hard reboot with power off to get them back. The new drivers seem to have fixed this. I have another 2 of the Aquantia 5G cards but they are more problematic. I need to run them with a NBase-T compatible switch and I only have 2 of those. The 5G does not work with my Netgear XS708E but should work with my Netgear XS505M and Asus XG-U2008. The 5G would be handy on a board where I only have a 1x PCI-E slot.

    I ran iPerf tests on the Asus XG-C100C and can confirm it manages 10G. I should check the latency but this is 10GBase-T so my expectations are not to use it for storage. If I can get my fiber terminated then I can stick with cheap SFP+ cards and try to use RDMA from Windows 10 clients back to the servers.
     
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