4 Replies Latest reply on May 24, 2015 2:16 AM by ReubenFarrelly Branched to a new discussion.

    Intel X710 Supported Uplinks and Operating Systems


      I've recently managed to get access to an Intel X710-DA2 card and for the meantime I am using this in a high end desktop PC.  It will likely move to another server in the future but for now I'm testing it out on a decent workstation.


      I've run into a few problems, which I'll summarise as questions, since these answers may explain some of the behaviors I am seeing.


      I'm running the Intel Driver Connection CD 20.0 and have updated to the latest NVM image that was included in that zip.


      1. Is this card supported under Windows 8.1 and/or Windows 10 ?  What should the device be showing up as - I am seeing one port as "Intel(R) Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710 #2" and the other one as "Intel(R) Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710-2".  It looks like the latter is the one which I can edit the configuration for in Device Manager - so assume that the -2 is actually the primary port.  The other port is showing up with a ! in Device Manager - with a Code 10 error (this could be caused by the choice of SFPs though - see questions below)


      2. Is the Avago ABCU-5710RZ Copper SFP supported for use in these cards?  It's supposedly supported in the 82599 based cards, was support dropped in the X710s?


      3. Is the Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU3M= which I believe is a standard Twinax Passive SFP+ cable, supported for use in this NIC?


      4. Can I mix and match any of the above SFPs - ie have a 1G SFP and 10G Twinax running simultaneously?


      5. Can I hot swap SFPs?  They're hot swappable on the switch side - not sure if that's the case on the NIC side though.


      NB: I also have an E10GSFPSR installed which is working great at 1G (the far end is only a 1G SFP at this stage...so I have to force the link to 1G) so I don't have reason to believe that the card is faulty.