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by Cisco
Product Line: Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches
Product Type: Supervisor Engine
Original price $0.00 - Original price $2,280.00
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Current price $2,280.00
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Product Description

The RSP720-3C-10GE features a dual-processor design with 4 GB of memory for the Route Processor and 2 GB for the Switch Processor, complemented by 512 MB of Compact Flash Memory for the former and 1 GB for the latter. It supports high-speed routing with capabilities of up to 400 Mpps for IPv4 and 200 Mpps for IPv6, along with Layer 2 bridging up to 400 Mpps, and includes hardware-assisted NAT and Generic Routing Encapsulation. The module provides extensive security and network management features, including 256,000 IPv4 routing entries, 128,000 IPv6 routing entries, 128,000 NetFlow entries, and support for IEEE 802.1x, port security, and reflexive ACLs, within a chassis measuring 1.57 x 15.35 x 17.05 inches and weighing 11.7 lbs, with a power consumption of 355 W.

Key Feature for the RSP720-3C-10GE

  • What is the memory allocation for the Route and Switch Processor?
    The Route Processor has 4 GB of memory and the Switch Processor has 2 GB.
  • How much Compact Flash Memory is available?
    The device includes 512 MB of Compact Flash Memory for the Route Processor and 1 GB for the Switch Processor.
  • Is Non Volatile RAM supported and what's its capacity?
    Yes, Non Volatile RAM is supported with a capacity of 4 MB.
  • Can the device perform IPv4 and IPv6 routing? If so, what are the speeds?
    Yes, it supports IPv4 routing up to 400 Mpps and IPv6 routing up to 200 Mpps.
  • What are the Layer 2 Bridging capabilities?
    The device can perform Layer 2 Bridging up to 400 Mpps.
  • Does it support Generic Routing Encapsulation and NAT?
    Yes, it supports Generic Routing Encapsulation in hardware and hardware-assisted NAT.
  • What is the routing capacity for IPv4 and IPv6?
    It can handle 256,000 IPv4 routes and 128,000 IPv6 routes.
  • What security features are included?
    The device supports Port Security, IEEE 802.1x and its extensions, and Reflexive ACLs, each with up to 128,000 entries.
  • How many NetFlow entries can it manage?
    It can manage up to 128,000 NetFlow entries.
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of the device?
    The dimensions are 1.57 x 15.35 x 17.05 in. and it weighs 11.7 lbs.

Product Review

The Cisco RSP720-3C-10GE offers high-performance capabilities with IPv4 routing up to 400 Mpps and IPv6 routing up to 200 Mpps, backed by substantial memory allocations of 4 GB for the Route Processor and 2 GB for the Switch Processor, ensuring efficient handling of extensive routing tables and advanced features like NAT and GRE in hardware. However, its power consumption of 355 W may be considered high, potentially increasing operational costs in large deployments. Additionally, while the device supports a wide range of networking features such as port security and IEEE 802.1x extensions, its maximum operating temperature of 40 °C could limit its deployment in environments with higher ambient temperatures without additional cooling solutions.


The Cisco RSP720-3C-10GE is a route switch processor designed to enhance the performance and resilience of networking services. This device is equipped with significant processing capabilities and advanced features to support demanding network environments. At the core of its hardware specifications, the processor is divided into two key components: the Route Processor and the Switch Processor. The Route Processor is equipped with 4 GB of memory and 512 MB of compact flash memory, while the Switch Processor comes with 2 GB of memory and 1 GB of compact flash memory. This configuration ensures efficient handling of routing tables and swift data processing. Additionally, the device includes 4 MB of non-volatile RAM for critical data storage and supports a File Allocation Table for organized file management. Key performance metrics of the RSP720-3C-10GE include its capability to process up to 400 million packets per second (Mpps) for IPv4 routing and 200 Mpps for IPv6 routing, matching its performance for Layer 2 bridging. This high throughput demonstrates the device's ability to manage large volumes of data efficiently. Furthermore, it supports Generic Routing Encapsulation in hardware and hardware-assisted Network Address Translation (NAT), optimizing the processing of VPN and IP mapping operations. The device's routing capacity stands at 256,000 entries for IPv4 and 128,000 for IPv6, with an equal capacity for NetFlow entries. This substantial capacity ensures comprehensive network visibility and traffic management. The RSP720-3C-10GE also emphasizes security, featuring port security, IEEE 802.1x and its extensions, and reflexive Access Control Lists (ACLs), all supporting up to 128,000 entries. Moreover, it supports up to six paths for Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding, enhancing its capability to prevent IP address spoofing and traffic analysis. Physical dimensions and operational conditions are also critical to its deployment. The device measures 1.57 inches in height, 15.35 inches in width, and 17.05 inches in depth, with a weight of 11.7 lbs. It operates efficiently within a power consumption of 355 W. Designed to function in a range of environmental conditions, it operates between 0 °C and 40 °C, with storage temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 75 °C. Its humidity tolerance ranges from 10% to 90% non-condensing, ensuring reliability in various operating environments. With a Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 80,000 hours, the RSP720-3C-10GE demonstrates a high degree of reliability.
  • IPv4 and IPv6 routing capabilities, with up to 400 Mpps and 200 Mpps, respectively.
  • Supports a wide range of security features, including port security and IEEE 802.1x.
  • Designed for durability and reliability, with an MTBF of 80,000 hours.
Overall, the Cisco RSP720-3C-10GE is engineered to deliver high-speed data processing, advanced routing capabilities, and reliable network security, making it a suitable choice for enterprise and service provider networks seeking to optimize their operations and enhance network performance.


Part NumberCisco RSP720-3C-10GE
Route Processor Memory4 GB
Switch Processor Memory2 GB
Route Processor Compact Flash512 MB
Switch Processor Compact Flash1 GB
FAT CompatibilitySupported
IPv4 Forwarding Rate400 Mpps
IPv6 Forwarding Rate200 Mpps
Layer 2 Switching Capacity400 Mpps
GRE ProcessingIntegrated
NAT SupportHardware Accelerated
IPv4 Routing Capacity256,000 Routes
IPv6 Routing Capacity128,000 Routes
NetFlow Records128,000 Entries
Port-Based SecurityEnabled
802.1x ComplianceSupported
Dynamic ACLs128,000 Entries
URPF PathsUp To 6
Dimensions1.57 x 15.35 x 17.05 inches
Device Weight11.7 pounds
Energy Usage355 Watts
Operational Temp Range0 to 40 °C
Storage Temp Range-40 to 75 °C
Operational Humidity Range10% to 90% (Non-Condensing)
Mean Time Between Failures80,000 Hours

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