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Thu May 08, 2008 6:57 am Reply and quote this post
HAVE YOU EVER plugged your computer into a network routerand thought - "Wow, I wish I had three more LAN connectors on the back of mymachine?"
For the two of you that have, Gigabyte has just the board for you - its newP45-DQ6 motherboard, based on Intel's P45 chipset which sports four (count 'em)gigabit ethernet jacks.
Whilst many motherboards come with dual LAN these days, four is pretty muchunheard of. In fact,we have no idea what on earth you would use four LAN portsfor. Nvidia pioneered a feature on its chipsets a couple of years ago where itwould pull two gigabit LAN ports together to give Windows a virtual 2Gbconnection. Which, of course, is totally pointless since no other device on yournetwork is likely to be able to talk that fast.
Yes, there are home server applications that require decent amounts ofbandwidth - but without running some firewall or routing software on your PC,multiple network ports appear to be more of a gimmick than a genuinely usefulfeature.
Are we wrong? Is there a whole community of network-o-philes out there wholike nothing more than to jack into as many RJ45s as possible? We're sure you'lllet us know. In the meantime, you can see the weirdness for yourself,here.

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Fri May 09, 2008 1:37 pm Reply and quote this post
Hey Gigabyte how about this idea?  You keep one or 2 ethernet ports on-board, and then people buy something like this:
but separately!  Wow!  What a cheap and equally efficient idea!  This thing is removable, shouldn't take up USB ports (if Gigabyte's board does), and is probably 1000mb/s faster!  Heres another idea - people could get things called switches or bridges, so you can duplicate signals!  Seriously Gigabyte, make something people have a reason to buy.

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