Best PCI Network Adaptor for gaming online

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Werewolf486
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What is the best PCI Network adapter to use in a desktop gaming rig to play online games like Crysis Wars or other current FPS?

I ask because I'm looking to build another rig for my son to use and well I have to make it wireless due to the arrangement of our space. If I didn't the cord would be across the floor in the entrance to the kitchen and endless trips into the dining room table would happen with my wife and kids. And as always thanks for the review Rodney!

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if you have PCI-e 1x i'm sure that is the "killer" that is the best out there but in PCI (legacy) i don't think any one is over anyone, it's pretty old standard so all of the manufacturer are pretty much the same...

anyway the max bandwith of PCI is only 133 MB/s... The PCI-e 1x bandwith is at least 250MB/s per lane in each direction and can go up to 2GB/s per lane in each direction depending on the revision...
So i think if your mobo have a gigabit ethernet (1000MB/s) you should use that (even in my P4P800E-DLX in 2003-2004 i had a 100MB/s onboard and it was performing the same as my PCI gigabit card so i don't think it's a big difference in performance)

You still can increase your bandwith by disabling QOS in windows but it's not recommended unless you do all your update manually and you don't use "HELP" or all types of goodies that comes in windows and connect to the internet (QOS stands for: Quality of service it keeps 20% of your bandwith for windows services)

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Have you considered using powerline instead? You get the convenience of wireless without having to deal with long cables.

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Yeah the powerline seems to be a great option over wireless card...

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A couple points:

PCI's limitation of 133MB/s (one-hundred thirty-three mega-bytes [one byte = 8 bits] per second) is sufficient to handle wired network adapters up to one gigabit (1000Mb/s, one thousand mega-bits per second, or 125MB/s) given the PCI bus isn't overtaxed. Wireless cards, even up to N+ (600Mb/s) will operate fine in this configuration.

PCI-e 1x slots aren't really a reqirement until you start reaching the duplex gigabit (2000Mb/s) range.

Powerline adapters work, but with a couple things to remember. Filtering power modules (ex: Moster "Clean Power") will not work with Powerline modules, as the data is sent as "noise" over the electrical line, and filtering (or "true-curve") will remove that noise. Noisy devices like vacuum cleaners will cause lots of additional noise that will potentially interfere with the Powerline data stream. Even electrical storms can cause bad lag due to error correction.

Powerline works IN AN IDEAL ENVIRONMENT, but I would personally recommend getting into some good quality 802.11N hardware on the hub side as well as the wireless terminus. And no, I am not talking about what the local brick-and-mortar shop has on sale for $30. Good wireless equipment for both ends will likely set you back a couple hundred.

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you could always choose a USB wireless card, had use a D-Link for years and i was gaming over the "N" wireless broadband and my ping was good and haven't experience lag so maybe just a quality unit will be ok and you should boost the router to the max range to limit slow connections on the most distant PC (cause wireless speed and ping depend on signal strength and distance from the router) and like eire1274 say, the "N" goes to 600Mb/s and most ISP dont go over 200Mb/s (here in Canada) so that's not a big deal...

PS: i was thinking that 1000Mb/s was more than 133 MB/s thanks for the info eire1274 ;)

Werewolf486
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Is there a good Wireless set up that would plug into the Ethernet port of the Gaming rig that would create a stable yet wireless connection that you'd recommend?

The rig will be in the same room, like 5 feet from the router which is a Linksys E4200V2.

What is your take on these, would one of these do the job I want?

ASUS EA-N66 Dual-Band Wireless-N900, 3 in 1 Access Point/Repeater/Gigabit Ethernet Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port Up to 450Mbps downlink + 450Mbps uplink Wireless

or

TRENDnet TEW-687GA Wireless N Gaming Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 450Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK

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i'm not sure to understand why you need wireless if you only are at 5 feet from your router cause even with the ASUS model you'll have a 6 feet cable + a power cable... If you not moving you PC i'd suggest to go with a standard rj45 cable (maybe 20 feet to hide the cable in the corner...)

To respond your question, i think the ASUS EA-N66 is a great solution but i never had use a similar config so i have no idea about the "Gaming" like if it'll give great ping and bandwith without interferring with other electronics like phones or wireless mouse/keyboard i just know that every wireless setup that i have is no comparison to a direct cable with 1000Mb/s connection (have constant ping of 1 to 3 ms in speedtest and had a 30ms-50ms even to 100ms (always changing due to the router changing channel to eliminate interference) with wireless even if i was only at 10 feet away !!

PS: My router is a Linksys EA3500. My gaming PC is on a gigabit ethernet port and all other devices (my cell, laptop and home theater PC on wireless for convenience)

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I agree, stick with a cable. Wireless cards work well, but USB is a picky thing. Traffic over the USB host (on the motherboard) can cause pauses, or "lag," that a PCI or PCIe card wouldn't see. Going by cable is the safest way.

Nick McDermott