QNAP launches its fastest network card, 2 ports of 100 Gbps each

  • SR-IOV support
  • Hardware cryptographic acceleration support.
  • Support for RoCE and ZTR.
  • VLAN support
  • Support for iSER, NVGRE, VXLAN and Geneve.

This network card, due to the high bandwidth it requires, has one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, therefore, our NAS server must have this type of port, otherwise we will not be able to make the most of these two ports that we have. In addition, thanks to the controller this card is also PCIe 3.0 x16 compatible, although logically the maximum bandwidth will be limited by the speed of the PCIe bus of the computer.

In addition to the network card, we have a low profile bracket pre-installed, we also have a complete format and a specific format for QNAP NAS servers. In this way, this card will be truly versatile, since we will be able to install it both in the manufacturer’s NAS servers and in PCs of different formats. If you are going to install it on a Windows computer, be aware that an NVIDIA driver needs to be installed for it to work, and the same applies if you are using a Linux-based operating system. In the case of installing it on a QNAP NAS, we already have the driver pre-installed, so there is no need to do anything else.

Uses that can be given to this card

This network card is intended for very advanced use, the first thing we must bear in mind is that we will only get the most out of it if we install it in an all-flash NAS server, that is say that has all its SSD storage, we will also need a really powerful processor to be able to handle all the traffic without bottlenecks. For all these reasons, this network card is aimed at professionals in the audiovisual industry, where they need a large bandwidth to be able to work properly.

In the case of installing it on a PC with Windows or Linux, you must take into account that your motherboard has an available PCIe 4.0 x16 port, usually high-end motherboards have two ports of this type, to connect two graphics cards and which work simultaneously. Of course, we will only be able to reduce its performance if we use NVMe SSD storage in this equipment, since with the SATA3 interface we will have a great limitation.

Finally, for network and system enthusiasts, thanks to this network card we can manage all the traffic of the virtualization of the operating system, since it incorporates technologies specifically oriented to this.


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