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Killer NIC (driver only) will i have any issues?

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i will build a new pf and i like the look of the MSI Z270 M5
but it has killer E2500 so if i used the driver only will i face any issue of killer ones?
and will it still use CPU (with only driver) more than Intel NIC?

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As in pfSense?


Hard to say for definite, unless you can find anyone else who has done it. Look on the Killer website and see how their support for FreeBSD/Unix is.


My personal opinion would be to stay clear and get a supported Intel model. Intel have long been a good supporter of Unix and generally tends to work the best.


On a side note, that machine is savagely over specced for a firewall.


Edit: I see that the Killer E2500 has a changelog mentioned for the Linux 4.8 Kernal just a few days ago. I highly doubt its been built into FreeBSD.

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System/Server Administrator - Networking - Storage - Virtualization - Scripting - Applications

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I've been using my "Killer" ethernet without its software for a while - It's simply a Qualcomm Atheros NIC. Been using it in Kali without CPU related problems

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You can pick up a 1GB Dual Intel PCI network card for £20 from eBay.


It's what I did for my pfSense build.

CPU: i5 4670k @ 3.4GHz + Corsair H100i      GPU: Gigabyte GTX 680 SOC (+215 Core|+162 Mem)     SSD: Kingston V300 240GB (OS)      Headset: Logitech G930 

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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium                       PSUXFX Core Edition 750w                                                Motherboard: MSI Z97-G45               Keyboard: Logitech G510

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