But I bet you've got to modify a fan onto it if you're using it in something other than a server with good airflow like it's designed.
eBay has them for ~$20 or so. Not bad for the speed and density. And your other PC's or switch can use whatever works with them.
ok, find a vendor with the Chelsio PID burned into the eeprom. That's what we do with our Cisco gear
Kindly link to some of those please? Thanks! I found 3M long Twinax cables for $30 which is kind of ouch -- you'd need four, after all.
Not reliably. I havent seen it firsthand, but someone mentioned the card only works with Chelso brand transceivers. My suggestion was to find a generic SFP+ vendor that does custom vendor ID's burned into the eeproms of the transciever to fool the card into thinking it has the proper vendor. Many companies do this in order to keep you buying their stuff (at large margins, of course) but there are ways around it. The downside is that if you have an issue that is directly traceable to the SFP, they won't help you further. That's the gamble you pay; buy more optics and treat them as disposable, or buy vendor products and have support/RMA/warranty. From my profession, we do the third-party option because its so much cheaper (and quicker) to just have spares on-hand. Its one thing to have your PC loose connection on a LAN, but when you're job is to support metro-ethernet and long-haul customers, you tend to stock up on the spares and consider them consumables, especially when time, money, and SLA's count.