The fastest connection possible on the internet is using cable or DSL speed is about 2.3Mbps.
The generic NIC 100 card is capaible of 100Mbps. So do the math when you are using a T3 to the fullest you are only using 2.3% of the cards capability.
2.3% that's 2 POINT 3%!!!
If you don't believe me, do Ctrl-Alt-Del and get the performace tab. Click on network and see how much of the network capability you are using. I bet it will be around 1.0% to 1.5% for most DSL and cable users. Even if you use full duplex and uploading at the same time on a different connection then you would be using about 3%.
Don't worry about taxing the CPU for a onboard network card for ony 3% of the total capability, when you are currently using around 1.5%.
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