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wow schoondoggy, I really think that would depend on the specific make & model of NIC. Have you researched the Intel site?

 

I certainly would think the higher end server-class NICs might have some onboard processing capability.

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Yes I have, sorry should have gave more detail;

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/gigabit-network-adapters/pro-1000-pt-qp.html

The performance advantages on the data sheet relate to load balancing in multi-processor systems. Although, interupt moderation could offload the CPU.

I guess my question was to see if anyone has expirience with quad port NICs running PFsense, Untangle or Sophos UTM.

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Yes I have, sorry should have gave more detail;

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/network-adapters/gigabit-network-adapters/pro-1000-pt-qp.html

The performance advantages on the data sheet relate to load balancing in multi-processor systems. Although, interupt moderation could offload the CPU.

I guess my question was to see if anyone has expirience with quad port NICs running PFsense, Untangle or Sophos UTM.

 

Not sure about UTM use but 2012 essentials loves the PT models , I use 3 PT models that are duals also have 1 ET model dual that has greater VM support ( have them all teamed :)  )

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Well it definitely is a benefit if pci/e slots are at a premium.

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