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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 3172TQ-10GT
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The N3K-C3172TQ-10GT Cisco switch features 48 Fixed 10GBase-T RJ-45 Ports and 6 QSFP+ Ports, designed for high-density, high-speed data center environments. It supports a switching capacity of 1.4 Tbps and a forwarding rate of up to 1 Bpps, ensuring efficient data processing and transfer across networks. With 4 GB of memory and a 12 MB shared buffer size, this 1 RU form factor device efficiently handles large volumes of data, making it suitable for advanced networking tasks.

Key Feature for the N3K-C3172TQ-10GT

  • What is the form factor of this switch?
    The switch has a 1 RU form factor.
  • How many 10GBase-T RJ-45 ports are available?
    There are 48 fixed 10GBase-T RJ-45 ports.
  • Can you detail the power supply redundancy?
    This device comes with 2 power supplies for redundancy.
  • What is the maximum switching capacity?
    The switching capacity reaches up to 1.4 Tbps.
  • What is the forwarding rate of the switch?
    The forwarding rate can go up to 1 Bpps.
  • How many QSFP+ ports does the switch have?
    There are 6 fixed QSFP+ ports.
  • What are the specifications for cooling and heat dissipation?
    Heat dissipation is rated at 1228 BTU/Hour.
  • How many MAC addresses can the switch support?
    The switch supports up to 288,000 MAC addresses.
  • What are the VLAN capabilities of this switch?
    It supports up to 4096 VLANs.
  • What type and how many management ports are included?
    There is 1 10/100/1000 management port.

Product Review

The Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT offers a high-density configuration with 48 10GBase-T RJ-45 ports and 6 QSFP+ ports, catering well to environments requiring a multitude of high-speed connections. However, the switch's power consumption at 440W and heat dissipation of 1228 BTU/hour might pose challenges for energy efficiency and cooling in densely packed data centers. It supports advanced features like a large MAC address table, extensive VLAN and ACL capacities, and redundant power supplies, making it suitable for complex network architectures requiring high reliability and performance.


The Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT is a compact networking switch that offers a high level of performance and scalability for modern data centers. This 1 rack unit (RU) switch is designed to support a wide range of applications, from traditional enterprise to high-demand data center environments. The device is equipped with a variety of ports and features to meet the needs of diverse network configurations. Key hardware specifications of the Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT include 48 fixed 10GBase-T RJ-45 ports, which provide high-speed connectivity and support for over 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) data transfer rates. Additionally, the switch features six fixed QSFP+ ports for uplinking or stacking capabilities, enhancing the flexibility and scalability of the network infrastructure.
  • Switching capacity of 1.4 terabits per second (Tbps) ensures efficient handling of data through the network, minimizing bottlenecks.
  • Forwarding rate of up to 1 billion packets per second (Bpps) provides fast data processing and reduces latency for time-sensitive applications.
  • Support for jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes allows for more efficient data transfer and reduced overhead in large data transactions.
With a comprehensive set of features, the Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT caters to advanced network requirements. The switch supports a large number of MAC addresses (288,000) and VLANs (4096), enabling a sophisticated and segmented network design. It also accommodates a significant number of Spanning Tree instances (512 for Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol [RSTP] and 64 for Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol [MSTP]), allowing for resilient network topologies. The switch's security and traffic management capabilities are evident in its access control list (ACL) support, with 4,000 ingress and 1,000 egress entries. This feature enables fine-grained control over traffic, enhancing network security and performance. In terms of routing, the device can handle 16,000 prefixes and 16,000 host entries, along with 8,000 multicast routes, ensuring comprehensive coverage for both unicast and multicast traffic. For network teams looking to optimize bandwidth and redundancy, the Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT offers support for up to 64 EtherChannels, with the ability to include up to 16 ports per EtherChannel. This capability allows for the aggregation of multiple links, increasing bandwidth and providing fault tolerance. The hardware is built to sustain high performance with a memory of 4 GB and a buffer size of 12 MB shared, enabling efficient data processing and storage. The boot flash of 2 GB ensures reliable system boot processes. The switch operates within a power consumption of 440 W, with an AC input voltage range of 100 to 240 VAC and a DC input voltage range from -40 VDC to -72 VDC, catering to various power supply environments. In terms of environmental specifications, the Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT can operate within a temperature range from 0 °C to 40 °C, and its heat dissipation capability is rated at 1228 BTU/hour, ensuring reliable performance under typical data center conditions. The device's design includes two redundant power supplies, enhancing its reliability and uptime for critical network operations. In summary, the Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT is engineered to meet the demands of modern data centers, offering high-speed connectivity, scalability, and robust security and traffic management features in a compact form factor.


Part Number and Manufacturer Cisco N3K-C3172TQ-10GT
48 x 10GBase-T RJ-45 Ports 48
QSFP+ Ports Quantity 6
Management Ports (10/100/1000) 1
RS-232 Serial Console Ports 1
USB Ports Count 1
Power Supply Units 2 (Redundant)
Device Size 1 RU
Maximum Switching Capability 1.4 Tbps
Peak Forwarding Rate Up To 1 Bpps
Support for Jumbo Packets 9216 Bytes
MAC Address Capacity 288,000
Maximum VLANs Supported 4096
Supported Spanning Tree Protocols 512 (RSTP), 64 (MSTP)
Access Control List Capacity 4,000 (Ingress), 1,000 (Egress)
Routing Table Size 16,000 Prefixes, 16,000 Host Entries, 8000 Multicast Routes
EtherChannel Limit 64
Maximum Ports per EtherChannel 16
System Memory 4 GB
Shared Buffer Memory 12 MB
Boot Flash Storage 2 GB
Typical Power Consumption 440 W
AC Power Range 100 to 240 VAC
DC Power Range -40 VDC to -72 VDC
Thermal Output 1228 BTU/Hour
Operational Temperature Range 0 °C to 40 °C

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