I am build a small server out of a desktop motherboard. It will run Ubuntu 10.04.3 with an iSCSI target. I am trying to decide whether to go with 2 Realtek 8169SC Gigabit NICs or with 1 Intel Pro1000PT Server NIC.
Would a single VMware server max out the Intel NIC? Would the transfer speed be greatly different when comparing the 2 NICs? The Intel NIC is PCIe, the Realtek ones are PCI. The machine will be running with 4GB of RAM and a Intel E6500 CPU.