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Computers with Presto 10GbE 10GBase-T PCIe Cards

10 Gigabit Cabled Networking

Ultra-Fast 10 Gb/s Network Connection

With creative pros’ increasing demand for greater data transfer speeds and more bandwidth over shared networks, it’s no wonder that 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) use has skyrocketed—this high-speed cabled networking standard offers ten times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the common wired network connection included with most computers today. To get your computer up to speed, you’ll have to adapt—Sonnet’s Presto™ 10GbE 10GBASE-T PCIe 3.0 card is a powerfully simple and cost-effective way to add dual-port copper 10GbE connectivity to your Mac Pro® tower or Windows® PC, or Linux® server.

CAT-6 Cables

Connect your computer to the switch or device’s 10GbE ports via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling



Key Features

Adds 10GbE Connectivity to Mac Pro Towers, Windows PCs, and Linux Servers—Powerfully simple way to add high-performance 10GbE connectivity to your computer with PCIe slots

Optimized for Thunderbolt™—Ideal for use in Sonnet's Echo Express and xMac™ Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion systems

Cost Effective—Connects to 10GbE infrastructure via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A cables at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively

Simple Setup—Low-profile x4 PCI Express® 3.0 card installs into an available slot, and after a simple driver installation, configures through OS X Network control panel or Windows Device Manager

Supports Transparent Failover—Keeps your computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails

Supports Link Aggregation (Teaming)—Increases throughput beyond what a single connection can sustain(1)

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10x the Performance of Gigabit Ethernet
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Simple Set-Up. High-Performance Computing.

The Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T card enables you to connect your computer to high-speed infrastructure and storage without stepping down in speed. Setup is simple—after installing the low-profile card into an available x4 or larger PCIe slot in your computer, just download and install a driver, connect to the switch or device’s 10GbE ports via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively, and then configure the card through the OS X® Network control panel or Windows Device Manager. This Sonnet solution is perfect for high-performance computing where low latency, high bandwidth, and low CPU overhead are required.

Dual Ports IconIts increased throughput performance and low host-CPU utilization are achieved through functions such as flow control support, 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory; and stateless offloads such as TCP, UDP and IPv4 checksum offloading, enabling your computer to perform better while large files transfers or high I/O operations take place. With its dual ports, this Sonnet adapter supports transparent failover to keep your computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails, and it also supports link aggregation (teaming)(1) for increased throughput!

Thunderbolt ConnectionsOptimized for Thunderbolt

Got a Thunderbolt connection, but no PCIe slot? Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T is ideal for use in one of Sonnet's Echo Express or xMac Thunderbolt-to-PCIe card expansion systems—the combo enables you to add ultra-fast 10GbE network connections to any Mac® or Windows PC with a Thunderbolt 2 port.

 

 

10GbE Ethernet Networking Products Comparison Chart
Thunderbolt Adapters and PCIe Cards

 
Product
Interface(s)
10G Support
5G/2.5G Support
Controller
macOS
Windows
Linux, VMware
Solo10G
For computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports
RJ45 Port
CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)
Marvell AQC107S
macOS 10.13.6+
Windows 11, 10
Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Solo10G SFP+
For computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports
SFP+ Socket SFP+ SR Module Included   Marvell AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 11, 10 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Twin10G
For computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports
2 x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)† Intel X550-T2 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 11, 10 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Twin10G SFP+
For computers with Thunderbolt 4 or Thunderbolt 3 ports
2 x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.12.6+ Windows 11, 10 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Twin10G (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)
For computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 1 ports
2 x RJ45 Port CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)† Intel x550-T2 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Twin10G SFP+ (Thunderbolt 2 Edition)
For computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 1 ports
2 x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 10 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T PCIe Card
For computers or Thunderbolt expansion systems with PCIe slots
2 x RJ45 Ports CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m)† Intel x550-T2 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 11, 10, 8, 7; Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Presto 10GbE SFP+ PCIe Card
For computers or Thunderbolt expansion systems with PCIe slots
2 x SFP+ Sockets SFP+ Module*   Intel 82599 macOS 10.8.5+ Windows 11, 10, 8, 7; Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Solo10G PCIe Card
For computers or Thunderbolt expansion systems with PCIe slots
RJ45 Port CAT 6A (100m)
CAT 6 (55m)
CAT 5e (100m) Marvell AQC107S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 11, 10, 8, 7; Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7
Solo10G SFP+ PCIe Card
For computers or Thunderbolt expansion systems with PCIe slots
SFP+ Sockets SFP+ SR Module Included   Marvell AQC100S macOS 10.13.6+ Windows 11, 10, 8, 7; Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 R2 Linux Kernel 5.0+, ESXi 7

* 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR or 10GBASE-T SFP+ transceiver(s), or SFP+ cable(s) required, sold separately.
†Intel X550 supports NBASE-T only under macOS and Linux.

 Computer hardware shown in photos for illustration purposes; items sold separately. See package contents for items included with PCIe card.
See Tech Specs Tab for footnotes
Part No.  
G10E-2X-E3 Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 3.0 Card
Hardware  
Warranty 2-year
Form Factor Low-profile PCIe computer card
External Connectors RJ45
Bus Interface PCI Express v3.0, x4
Controller Intel X550
Network Support

10GBASE-T

  • 100 meters using CAT-6A cabling
  • 55 meters using CAT-6 cabling

5GBASE-T(3), 2.5GBASE-T(3), 1000BASE-T

  • 100 meters using CAT-5E, CAT-6, or
    CAT-6A cabling
Link Aggregation
(Teaming)
Supported(1)
Packets Maximum packet size: 15872 bytes (jumbo frames)
Advanced Features
  • Flow control support
  • Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI)
  • RSS (Receive-Side Scaling)
  • Interrupt coalescing
  • Multicast filtering
  • 64-bit address support for systems using more than 4GB of physical memory
  • Wake-on-LAN not supported
Stateless Offloads
  • TCP, UDP and IPv4 checksum offloading
  • TSO (TCP Segmentation Offload, AKA Large Send Offload)
  • LRO (Large Receive Offload)
RoHS Compliant Yes
Package Contents
  • Presto 10GbE 10GBASE-T Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express 3.0 Card
  • Two mounting brackets(2)
  • Documentation

 

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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Computer Compatibility

Mac Pro® 3,1, 4,1, 5,1 or 7,1 (2019)

PC desktop or server

Xserve 3,1

OS Compatibility

OS X 10.8.5+

macOS Monterey compatible(4)

Windows 11, 10, 8, 7; Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008

Linux

Thunderbolt Compatibility

Mac (Intel®) or PC via a Thunderbolt to PCIe Card Expansion System

Mac (M1) not currently compatible. See Big Sur Compatibility for status.


Technical Notes

  1. Switch/router must support link aggregation (teaming) and ports must be configured for link aggregation. Windows 10 teaming requires Creator's update, version 1703 or greater.
  2. Package includes both low-profile and full-height mounting brackets.
  3. Feature to be added in a future firmware release to support Windows and Linux.
  4. Must authorize updated driver in Security and Privacy System Preferences. (Unlock, then allow.)

 

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