Looking for network card for Win7 64-Bit.
January 28, 2010 7:35 PM   Subscribe

Recommend me a solid network card that works well with Windows 7 64 bit version.

Currently, I have the ASUS P7P55D with a Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (RTL8112L) running. The connection performance is less than optimal on Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate as the uploads sometimes slow way down or cut out completely. I've tried a bunch of different driver versions from Realtek's site and none of them improve the upload speed; even the latest version doesn't do it. I googled for this NIC + Windows 7 64 bit and others are having the same problem as well.

So recommend me a nice network card, under $100, PCI preferred.
posted by querty to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
My Gigabyte motherboard has a Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family PCI Gigabit Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20) which I use the Realtek "Azalia" driver (via Gigabyte's site) without problems. That said, the Netgear FA311 is a solid classic. The GA311 looks to be the gig version, but I've never used it.
posted by rhizome at 8:11 PM on January 28, 2010

Have you tried a different cable?
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 9:10 PM on January 28, 2010

Intel makes the least troublesome Ethernet chipsets, in my experience. Performance is top-notch and the drivers just work. If I had an Intel-based NIC and couldn't get decent performance out of it, I'd be looking sideways at the OS networking stack before suspecting the NIC driver.
posted by flabdablet at 9:17 PM on January 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cheap, too.
posted by flabdablet at 9:18 PM on January 28, 2010

Seconding Intel. They are the card least likely to give you a problem.
posted by joelr at 11:18 PM on January 28, 2010

@Monday, stony Monday — yes, I've tried a different cable, same thing. Connection is fine on my laptop running Vista 32 bit, so it's not the cable or the ISP.
posted by querty at 11:48 PM on January 28, 2010

IS this from one entwork machine to another or over the internet? This might be an internet conenction problem or a router problem and not your network card.
posted by majortom1981 at 5:49 AM on January 29, 2010

I use Intel PRO/1000 GT PCI cards in all my desktop machines and they have been rock solid for the past few years.
posted by wongcorgi at 9:32 AM on January 29, 2010

Also FWIW, I've seen this problem a few times on Windows 7 machines, the solution was to roll back to an earlier driver (I forget what site I found them on). If you're persistent, try even older drivers.
posted by wongcorgi at 9:33 AM on January 29, 2010

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