Mac Gigabit Ethernet Cards Network Performance

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Zarch, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Zarch macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2009
    Sheffield, UK
    I now have a 1.8ghz CoreDuo MacMini and 2.0ghz MacBook and both have gigabit Ethernet cards in them, based on the Marvell Yukon chipset i believe.

    I was wondering upto what speeds people have driven these ethernet cards?

    I'm doing some testing using iperf version 2.0.4 but I can't seem to get any more than around 30MB/sec out of the cards.

    Is this their limit? Have you managed to get better out of them? If so, how?

    Synology have just brought out a NAS box (DS209), that reads and writes at around 60MB/sec, but pretty pointless unless your ethernet card is upto the same speeds.

    Are there also performance bottlenecks on the newer Mini's too?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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