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ASUS Dishes Up Super-Affordable GbE Card

July 12, 2017

There was a diner in Chicago where my friends and I used to have breakfast when we were in our 20s. Our pal Cathy once noted that the place was so affordable that the meal cost less than the ingredients.

It appears that a similar dynamic is at play with the new ASUS XG-C100C card.

That’s because this single-port 10 GbE/10GBase-T card sells for just $99. Yet the Aquantia AQtion AQC107 controller silicon on which it’s based sells for $130.

How’s that for a smokin’ deal?

The card was designed for higher end gaming desktops. It supports 100 megabit per second, and 1, 2.5, 5, and 10 gigabits per second over RJ4 5 connectors using Cat5e/Cat6 cables. It is compatible with any PC running Microsoft Windows 7 or higher, and with Linux-based machines. And it can work with a modern PC with a PCIe 3.0 x 4 slot free.

The new ASUS XG-C100C card has LEDs that track network activity. And it is available now from select retailers in North America.

ASUS earlier this year launched the ROG Areion 10G card. It’s based on same Aquantia AQtion AQC107 chip. But this previously announced card has a larger cooling system and a longer warranty.

The new ASUS XG-C100C card is just one of the recent gaming solutions that Aquantia technology is helping to power. As we reported in late May, a new motherboard from ASRock called the Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 leverages the Aquantia AQtion 10 Gb/s Ethernet controller, which supports 2.5G and 5G operation.

“Installing this specific controller on a motherboard that is priced significantly below $500 makes a great deal of sense, as 10 GbE infrastructure (routers, switches) is still very expensive for most users (even those who buy Intel Core X-series CPEs), whereas 2.5G and 5G equipment promises to be a lot cheaper,” according to Anton Shilov in an AnandTech article.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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