Originally Posted by Quidam67
Unless someone can present a compelling argument, I honestly can't see why gigabit would be useful on the 360. A top notch 1080p encoded blu-ray disk is probably going to peak at 40/50Mbs and will average a lot lower than that. But any Hidef content streamed to the 360 is probably going to be quite a bit lower still -say 20Mbs or less.
Your internet connection, even if you are on a crazy fast 20Mbs down/up plan is not going to come close to pushing a 10/100Mbs connection. And for most of us, we are going to be on plans that are much slower than 20 Mbs!
Although the 360 can multitask, downloading a demo and playing a game at the same time is not going to stress the 10/100 connection -it's your internet connection that is going to be the bottleneck (especially if you have other users connected to your router -like your partner playing utube videos on her PC while you are hosting a game)
Note that gaming requires only modest bandwidth. It is latency that matters (hence the UDP protocol as used for most games)
Lastly, gigabit NICs, normally don't deliver anything close to gigabit -This is especially true for gigabit cards that hook to the PCI bus of a computer. If you have a gigabit NIC, the rest of the hardware has to be up to the task as well.
IF USB 1.1 actully ran at 12mb/s second we really woulnd't have needed USB2.0+ untill the last year or two with people running big external drives. And even then, do you think you actully get 480mb/s?
We decided to wire up part of our work enviroment with gigabit speeds and we defiantly noticed a increase in page loading, and sending files between cpomputers and our server.
Theres more the just the bandwidth, theres also latency/ping.
And you have to remeber that 10/100 is for the WHOLE network.....
As you 360 is no doubt connected to hub/router. Everything connects to that and it only
has 10/100 to go around (unless you a giga swtich). So your pc's could be eating up say 40+ leaving a 60 for your xbox, and this assumes that your switch actully hits 100mbs in real life.
And I'd have to argue with your HD content numbers, but it doesn't make much differnce to my main argument