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Which SFP+ Modules, SFP Modules, and Cables Can I Use with the X520 Series?

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This document answers questions about supported modules and cables on the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series with SFP+ connectivity.

Note This page does not apply to the Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter. For information on that adapter see Which cables can I use with the Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter?
Note Other brands of SFP+ optical modules will not work with the Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series.

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SFP+ and SFP modules

What are the SFP+ and SFP module requirements for the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series?

Can I add or change SFP+ modules, direct attach cables, and SFP modules?

Can I mix different SFP module types and cables on a dual port adapter from the Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series?

Which adapters of the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series support Intel® Ethernet SFP+ Optics and SFP+ direct attach cables?

What cables and lengths can I use with the Intel Ethernet SFP+ Optics?

Direct attach cables

What are the SFP+ direct attach cable requirements for the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series?

What is a direct attach twinaxial cable?

Are active and passive direct attach cables both supported on the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series?

Can I buy direct attach cables from Intel?

Can I use a direct attach cable to connect to a gigabit switch that accepts SFP pluggable modules?

Which direct attach cables are compatible with the Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series?

1THE 1000BASE-T AND 1000-BASE-SX SFP MODULES REFERRED TO ABOVE ARE ONLY FOR HIGHLIGHTING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND COMPATIBILITY WITH Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series AND ARE NOT RECOMMENDATIONS OR ENDORSEMENT OR SPONSORSHIP OF ANY THIRD PARTY'S PRODUCT BY INTEL. INTEL IS NOT ENDORSING OR PROMOTING PRODUCTS MADE BY ANY THIRD PARTY AND THE THIRD PARTY REFERENCE IS PROVIDED ONLY TO SHARE THE TESTING RESULTS AT INTEL WHILE USING MODULES WITH ABOVE SPECIFICATIONS. THERE MAY BE OTHER MANUFACTURERS OR SUPPLIERS, PRODUCING OR SUPPLYING MODULES WITH SIMILAR OR MATCHING DESCRIPTIONS. CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO USE THEIR OWN DISCRETION AND DILIGENCE TO PURCHASE MODULES WITH SUGGESTED SPECIFICATIONS FROM ANY THIRD PARTY OF THEIR CHOICE. CUSTOMERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE SUITABILITY OF THE PRODUCT AND/OR DEVICES AND FOR THE SELECTION OF THE VENDOR FOR PURCHASING ANY PRODUCT. INTEL ASSUMES NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO SUCH PURCHASE OF PRODUCTS OR SELECTION OF VENDOR BY CUSTOMERS.

Related topics
Cable lengths for Intel® Ethernet SFP+ Optics
Which cables can I use with the Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter?

This applies to:

Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2

Solution ID: CS-030612
Last Modified: 30-Sep-2014
Date Created: 01-Jul-2009
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