Below are comments regarding hardware that worked exceptionally well, and just happen to be supported by OpenBSD. Note the date on the included mail messages before you go apeshit.
From: Theo de Raadt <email@example.com> Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 22:50:10 -0600 Subject: Re: ICP Vortex GDT6513RS > Has anyone used the ICP-Vortex GDT6513RS. The man page says it will > probably work with most of the GDT line, but... If anyone has more > experience with IPC Vortex I would appreciate prompt reply as I am > trying to come up with a system for a client who is in a hurry and I > need to order the card!! I am using a GDT6537RP. They should all work the same. They rock.
From: Theo de Raadt <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 00:50:19 -0600 Subject: Re: The OpenBSD Hardware All-Stars OK, let me post one article, and then we kill this conversation, ok? If you have money, this is what I like best: motherboards: - serverworks-based - except supermicro boards, since their BIOS is real slow - 440BX boards - 443BX boards - Intel isp1100 or whatever it is, is amazingly fast - via -- i have no experience - I now officially hate all the i8xx boards, I am sick of dealing with hardware and BIOS bugs. i use only intel stuff for the x86 side; since i started with 370 sockets, now it's all 370 socket, i want to be able to move gear around for testing, so that is that. ethernet: - fxp if you use more than 30% of your net. most of you don't. - gigabit? - ti(4) for regular traffic - sk(4) for sniffing, it's just WAY faster - intel ones might have improved, i don't know yet in case you guys didn't know, my backbone is now fiber gigabit. 100mbit was falling over. scsi: adaptec qlogic isp i don't use the others; krw has been fixing a lot of bugs, so i bet other stuff is just as good now. raid: i love my gdt raid card i love the twe much less our drivers for the others don't give me good vibes yet in any other hardware department, everything else is just as good as anything else, in my opinion. shit just works. that's all. i don't think most of what was being asked by you guys is relevant to our mailing lists. go read other mailing lists that deal with hardware.