How to verify speed of a 1Gb/s network?

Andrew Pantyukhin infofarmer at
Wed Apr 26 12:31:37 UTC 2006

On 4/26/06, Jonathan Horne <jhorne at> wrote:
> a few years back, i had a gigabit fiber switch, and 2 intel gigabit fiber
> cards that i put in my 2 fastest computers (at the time, dual p3 1000 and
> dual p3 933).  they both had 10k rpm ultra160 SCSI drives.  the fastest i
> could get for continuous transfer (i made some gigantic zip files containing
> several .iso files) was about 250mbit.

No wonder, really. I bet that hard drives were the bottleneck.
Today 2-3 cheap SATA drives can easily saturate gigabit
links. And if you enable jumbo frames, then CPU will be idle
on large file transfers.

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