First of all, let’s check the speed with which Virtual Media image is mounted, because this is a very important point when deploying a software environment in the data center.
The performance here is on par with other motherboards with the chip AST2500 on the Intel platform. Let’s look at the speed of the network connection:
In general, Intel X550 is a very interesting network card, about which you need to say the following. First, unlike Intel X540 and Intel X557 (used in Xeon-D), this chip has no compatibility problems with the old 1G equipment, especially firms Mikrotik and Ubiquiti, that is, with the above two chips, the old switches may not work, and with Intel X550 - always work. Of course, you can say that it makes no sense to connect a 10-Gigabit card to 1-Gigabit ports, but I will not agree with you, because everything happens in the work. Secondly, the Intel X550 inherently supports intermediate speeds of 2.5 GB / s and 5 GB / s when using a standard category 5E cable, but the implementation of these standards depends already on the device in which this chip is used. For the server market, where switching is carried out between the racks, intermediate speeds are of no value, because inside the rack 10G is quite a cable 5E, and between the racks it is easy to stretch CAT6/7. In our test for sport I tried to get intermediate speeds, but either 1 Gbit/s or 10 Gbit/s came out. Well, as they say, no one else promised: the main thing is that 10 Gbit/c work as well as on a discrete Intel X550-T2.