Updated January 19, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best 10 Gigabit Network Cards

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in December of 2018. 10-gigabit networking allows administrators and users to take full advantage of today's fastest storage options, but few PCs come with the technology built in. Whether upgrading your server or endpoints, or setting up a peer-to-peer connection, the right network interface card will give your LAN the high bandwidth you're looking for. Here are some of the best NICs for almost every budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best 10 gigabit network card on Amazon.

10. QNap QXG

9. 10GTek X520-DA2

8. Mellanox ConnectX

7. Akitio Dock Pro

6. Qnap QM2-2P10

5. Intel X550

4. Akitio T3

3. Alfa APCIE

2. Aquantia Aqtion

1. Synology E10G18

Editor's Notes

January 16, 2019:

10-gigabit networking is a big step, and a long time coming, as many networking systems analysts agree. As with many things, Intel was an initial driver of the technology's adoption, and you'll find their chipsets at the root of a bunch of excellent add-in cards. If you want to ensure top-shelf compatibility, their original card is your best bet, except it is pretty expensive. Because 10GbE is finally hitting the mainstream, though, there are a number of other OEM developers with reliable components on the market. Synology makes a lot of great, business-oriented hardware, and this category is no exception. Aquantia is responsible for some of the very few 10GbE-enabled mainboards on the market, and their own branded unit here is a great choice. The Mellanox actually comes as a pair, and frankly, it's dirt cheap and plays quite nicely with Linux systems, which makes it a favorite of security-minded power users. Alternately, we've included a pair of external Akitio docks that use the Thunderbolt 3 interface to bring this incredible LAN bandwidth to portable PCs. These docks are a little more costly, but they can also be versatile, although they do absolutely require that your computer supports the Thunderbolt 3 protocol.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on January 19, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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