Originally Posted by curtis104
Yes I meant using a 3rd Party instead of the one on the Motherboard. Thanks for all the responses so far.
As others have said, unless your onboard NIC is one of the older types which used to share with PCI, there's zero benefit for the HTPC
. Now, do you need a dedicated one for your server or not, becomes a slightly more complex issue, but unless you're doing some heavy file I/O and/or have a ridiculous number of devices accessing the server, there's really no need on the server either.
Now, realtek onboard NICs certainly ARE inferior to Intel NICs (whether onboard or add-in), but I doubt any of that will matter in your typical home setting.