Back at CES, we saw what looked like a budget-style first entry into the 10GBase-T arena for a low-cost, high-speed RJ-45 network that would be backward compatible with most network infrastructures. domestic enthusiasts. At the time I was told it would be $ 300, but I misread the brochure and thought it was talking about ten 10G ports. When I realized it was showing two 10GBase-T ports along with another 8x1G port, it still looked pretty interesting to say the least. ASUS is now officially announcing the launch of the hardware, called XG-U2008, for $ 250 available from Newegg today.
At CES, we saw a brushed aluminum switch, whose focus is more on the premium and prosumer market. The style of the trigger is basically what we saw at the show. There’s not much to say about the switch – it’s unmanaged, offers two 10GBase-T ports and eight 1G ports, with the latter also supporting 100 Mbps standards. The total switch fabric offers a nominal bandwidth of 56 Gbps as well as up to 16 KB of jumbo frames and a 2 MB buffer. The external adapter is rated at 18 W and is 1.06 inches high .
To put this in perspective, we recently published a short article on all motherboards with 10GBase-T preinstalled and note that the additional cost of the switch and motherboard puts the cost per port for 10GBase-T between $ 100 and $ 150. . Aside from the extra $ 200 per motherboard for one or two ports, an 8-port switch costs around $ 700 (or a 16-port for $ 1,400). Compared to bigger and more expensive switches, this switch only has two 10G ports, which means the only connectivity options will be between a 10G NAS and a bigger 10G switch, or a 10G PC and a 10G NAS – ASUS note that for a PC based LAN, some servers might be on the 10G ports instead.
The options for low-cost 10GBase-T switches mean it’s a low of $ 700 for a few ports, which for most users isn’t particularly cheap. Bringing at least two ports into a 10G switch for $ 250 lowers the cost of ownership and is more acceptable, although having only two ports has some limitations. The fact that it is available directly from Newegg for everyone (in the US) is a plus.
Source: ASUS Edge Up, ASUS product page, Newegg