I always found Realtek cards okay because they would work
everywhere, nearly every OS supported them. But especially
the RTL8139, if I remember correctly, was so busy generating
IRQs that it didn't find the time to have a good performance. :-)

but it works very well. in places when there is no high traffic constantly i happily use them.

Maybe Realteks newer models perform better.

at least my gigabit realtek integrated with motherboard was buggy,
disabling hardware checksumming fixed it PARTIALLY.
but still it do locks up every month or so of heavy traffic.

I'm quite happy with 3Com's and Intel's NICs, I usually give
away Realtek NICs along with computer systems I built for

esp. with windows there is not much difference. other os overhead is larger than interrupt overhead.

anyway - it's primitive hardware, but WORKING :)
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