I have a dual port 10G NIC. I need to know if it is possible to get ~10G throughput in both the ports simultaneously?

If yes, how can I test it out?

If no, then will both port have ~5G thoughput each?

  • I think you are asking server or client level configuration, It is off topic here. However in windows server environment nic teaming load balance mode is answer for your question – infra Jul 17 '19 at 7:49
  • Nope, I'm just asking about the NIC capabilities. No server or client level configuration. – Ruban Savvy Jul 17 '19 at 7:51
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    Unfortunately, a NIC, is in an end-device (host/server), and it is off-topic here. In any case, the question is too broad without the specific model, software, and configuration. – Ron Maupin Jul 17 '19 at 13:52
  • So, NIC is an e2e device and it does not come into Network engineering? Is that what you are saying? networkengineering.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic My question is on the physical infrastructure section. I don't see a reason to put my question on hold if the network cable color code is acceptable. It is a generic question that comes when doing network infra planning. If you still feel that my question is off-topic - I can delete my question. – Ruban Savvy Jul 18 '19 at 5:24

Each port represents a (mostly) independent network interface.

You should be able to get maximum duplex throughput on both ports simultaneously (20 Gbit/s in + 20 Gbit/s out), provided the slot, the mainboard and the data source/sink are up to it.

20 Gbit/s ~ 2.5 GB/s means slot and NIC combined need to support at least PCIe 1.1 x16, PCIe 2.0 x8, or PCIe 3.0 x4. (E.g., a PCIe 2.0 x8 card in a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot will only link at PCIe 2.0 x4.)

You can use any suitable tool (like iperf) to test with. Make sure the other end is up to the speed as well.

If the slot/mainboard/data sink/source speed isn't up to that throughput you should get a somewhat evenly split performance - there's no guarantee however, sometimes these constructs behave strangely.

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