Intel X710-T4L Quad 10Gbase-T NIC Review Massive Upgrade


Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports
Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports

Three quarters in the past we regarded on the Intel X710-T4 quad-port 10Gbase-T NIC and we famous one thing that we have been unable to check in our overview. Particularly, there was a brand new model of the cardboard out, known as the Intel X710-T4L, that had a singular function. That function: help for two.5Gbase-T and 5Gbase-T in addition to 1/10Gbase-T. In the present day we’re testing the X710-T4L to see the way it performs. There’s really fairly a bit extra occurring right here than the specs would point out versus the X710-T4.

Additionally, we all know that there are numerous OEMs on the market that make NICs, and lots of questions if the NICs we’ve are real Intel NICs. We labored with Intel to get the NIC to make sure we’re exhibiting a real half.

Intel X710-T4L Quad 10Gbase-T NIC

We’re going to talk about this extra later after we examine the Intel X710-T4L vs. the X710-T4, however one thing one will instantly see is that the heatsink is comparatively small for a quad-port 10Gbase-T NIC. Lots of the heatsinks we’ve seen over time have been very massive, and this definitely shouldn’t be.

Intel X710 T4L Front
Intel X710 T4L Entrance

Shifting to the rear, there may be not a lot occurring right here. We’ll discover that this can be a low-profile card. In consequence, one can see the ports are literally offset barely from the primary PCB to have the ability to each match all 4 ports in a low-profile card and likewise to have an easy-to-reach screw. That screw is used to vary to a low-profile bracket.

Intel X710 T4L Back
Intel X710 T4L Again

Here’s a view of how the ports are offset to be a bit decrease on the cardboard. One thing that’s attention-grabbing is that though this card helps 2.5GbE and 5GbE speeds, the faceplate doesn’t point out these. We point out this as a result of customers who’re servers put in in racks whereas servicing could assume that the dearth of two.5GbE and 5GbE markings imply that that is the older X710-T4 model.

Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports
Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports

Total, this can be a low-profile quad-port NIC, however what makes the brand new model particular are the brand new options.

Intel X710-T4L vs. X710-T4

Some could surprise what the distinction is between these two playing cards. First, right here once more is the X710-T4L heatsink:

Intel X710 T4L Front
Intel X710 T4L Entrance

Right here is the X710-T4 heatsink:

Intel X710 T4 Front
Intel X710 T4 Entrance

As one can rapidly inform, the brand new model has a considerably smaller heatsink. A giant purpose for that’s that Intel lowered the facility scores of those playing cards. As examples:

Typical energy for quad-port 10Gbase-T:

  • Intel X710-T4L: 13.6W
  • Intel X710-T4: 24.7W

Most energy for quad-port 10Gbase-T:

  • Intel X710-T4L: 14.2W
  • Intel X710-T4: 28.9W

Most quad-port 1Gbase-T:

  • Intel X710-T4L: 7.5W
  • Intel X710-T4: 18.1W

Roughly talking, the brand new “L” playing cards use about half the facility of the earlier technology. 4 years make a giant distinction.

Right here is the official desk for the X710-T4L and X710-T2L to see the multi-gig energy numbers as nicely:

Intel X710 T2L X710 T4L NIC Power Consumption
Intel X710 T2L X710 T4L NIC Energy Consumption

When it comes to controller variations, there may be extra as nicely. The Intel X710-T4 has the Intel X710 controller whereas the X710-T4L makes use of the X710-TM4. That adjustments quite a few choices. Each are rated for CAT6 to 55m and CAT6a as much as 100m at 10Gbase-T speeds. The X710-T4L is rated for as much as 100m utilizing 2.5Gbase-T 5Gbase-T even on CAT5e/ CAT6. So the brand new unit is suitable with 2.5GbE/5GbE longer runs on many present wiring segments the place the older card shouldn’t be.

We didn’t have the X710-T4L, however we had a lab server with the brand new -TM controller in-built. Right here is the port output from that setup:

Supported ports: [ TP ]
Supported hyperlink modes: 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full

10000baseT/Full


2500baseT/Full


5000baseT/Full

Supported pause body use: Symmetric
Helps auto-negotiation: Sure
Supported FEC modes: Not reported
Marketed hyperlink modes: 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full

10000baseT/Full

2500baseT/Full

5000baseT/Full

Marketed pause body use: No
Marketed auto-negotiation: Sure
Marketed FEC modes: Not reported
Velocity: 10000Mb/s
Duplex: Full
Port: Twisted Pair
PHYAD: 0
Transceiver: inside
Auto-negotiation: on
MDI-X: Unknown
Helps Wake-on: g
Wake-on: g
Present message stage: 0x00000007 (7)
drv probe hyperlink
Hyperlink detected: sure

Right here is the ethtool output for one of many ports on the X710-T4 card:

Supported ports: [ TP ]
Supported hyperlink modes: 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full

10000baseT/Full

Supported pause body use: Symmetric
Helps auto-negotiation: Sure
Supported FEC modes: Not reported
Marketed hyperlink modes: 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full

10000baseT/Full

Marketed pause body use: No
Marketed auto-negotiation: Sure
Marketed FEC modes: Not reported
Velocity: 10000Mb/s
Duplex: Full
Port: Twisted Pair
PHYAD: 0
Transceiver: inside
Auto-negotiation: on
MDI-X: Unknown
Helps Wake-on: g
Wake-on: g
Present message stage: 0x00000007 (7)
drv probe hyperlink
Hyperlink detected: sure

The newer controller provides help for two.5GbE and 5GbE speeds so it isn’t only a energy consumption improve.

Intel X710-T4 Efficiency

We acquired in regards to the efficiency we’d count on from an answer like this. First we checked out quad 10Gbase-T efficiency:

Intel X710 T4L 10GbE Performance
Intel X710 T4L 10GbE Efficiency

Subsequent we checked out multi-gig efficiency operating at 1GbE, 2.5GbE, 5GbE, and 10GbE speeds:

Intel X710 T4L Multi Gig Performance
Intel X710 T4L Multi Gig Efficiency

That is pretty fundamental testing, however we have been in a position to verify that the brand new multi-gig performance is working. That’s what we’d wish to see from this NIC.

Remaining Phrases

Whereas to an off-the-cuff observer the Intel X710-T4L and the X710-T4 could look like very related components, they really current a generational hole. After we talk about Intel CPUs, we talk about generation-on-generation efficiency enchancment. Right here, we get new multi-gig options and successfully half the facility consumption.

Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports
Intel X710 T4L 10Gbase T Ports

One different distinction that we didn’t point out is pricing. The brand new checklist worth for the X710-T4L is round $100 lower than the older X710-T4 (roughly $500 versus $600 however avenue pricing is completely different.) So decrease pricing, decrease energy, and extra options really feel like that is an apparent selection. In case you are shopping for a brand new quad-port 10Gbase-T NIC, the Intel X710-T4L is our clear suggestion over the X710-T4 at this level.

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