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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 3000 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The N3K-C3064PQ Cisco switch features 48 fixed 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 QSFP+ ports, designed for high-density deployments. It operates on Cisco NX-OS, supports Layer 3 mode, and is equipped with an Intel Arrandale processor with 2 cores and 4 GB DDR3 RAM. This 1 RU form factor device offers a switching capacity of 1.28 Tbps, a forwarding rate of 950 Mpps, and includes dual redundant power supplies for enhanced reliability.

FAQs for the N3K-C3064PQ

  • How many QSFP+ ports are available?
    There are 4 fixed QSFP+ ports.
  • What is the form factor of this switch?
    The form factor is 1 RU.
  • Can you detail the Ethernet port configuration?
    The switch includes 48 fixed 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 16 additional 10 Gbps ports.
  • Does it support hot swapping for power supplies?
    Yes, it supports hot swapping for its 2 redundant power supplies.
  • What is the switching capacity?
    The switching capacity is 1.28 Tbps.
  • What software does the switch run on?
    It runs on Cisco NX-OS software.
  • How is cooling managed in the device?
    Cooling is managed with a front-to-back airflow.
  • What are the specifications of the onboard processor?
    The processor is an Intel Arrandale with 2 cores, 4 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • What is the switching capacity and forwarding rate?
    The switching capacity is 1.28 Tbps with a forwarding rate of 950 Mpps.
  • Is Layer 3 mode operation supported?
    Yes, Layer 3 mode operation is supported.

Product Review

The Cisco N3K-C3064PQ switch offers a high switching capacity of 1.28 Tbps and a forwarding rate of 950 Mpps, suitable for demanding data center environments. However, with only 4 QSFP+ ports, scalability might be limited for networks requiring extensive high-speed connections. The device benefits from dual redundant power supplies and front-to-back cooling, enhancing its reliability and operational efficiency in racked configurations.


The Cisco N3K-C3064PQ is a high-performance, 1 RU switch designed for efficient network operation. This device offers a comprehensive set of features suitable for diverse networking environments, from data centers to high-demand enterprise applications. The switch is built on advanced hardware specifications, ensuring reliable and fast network connectivity. At the core of the Cisco N3K-C3064PQ's performance is its switching capacity of 1.28 Tbps and a forwarding rate of 950 Mpps, making it capable of handling large data volumes with ease. This is supported by an Intel Arrandale processor with two cores and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, providing the necessary computational power to manage network traffic efficiently. Hardware connectivity options on the N3K-C3064PQ are extensive, featuring: - 48 fixed 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for high-speed data transfer and connectivity. - 4 fixed QSFP+ ports, enabling high-density, high-speed networking options for uplink or direct server connections. - 16 dedicated 10 Gbps ports, ensuring ample bandwidth for data-intensive applications. Additional hardware specifications include: - Two Ethernet management ports with speeds up to 10/100/1000 Mbps, facilitating network management and configuration tasks. - A single serial console port, allowing for local system access and configuration. - Dual redundant power supplies with hot-swap support, ensuring uninterrupted operation and high availability. - Front-to-back cooling design, ensuring optimal thermal management and system reliability. The N3K-C3064PQ operates on Cisco's NX-OS software, offering a robust set of features for comprehensive network management, including Layer 3 mode operation. The switch's architecture is streamlined by a switch-on-a-chip design, enhancing its efficiency and performance. In terms of traffic management, the device is equipped with 12 queues, 8 egress unicast queues, and 4 egress multicast routes, supported by a 9 MB buffer space. This allows for effective traffic prioritization and management, ensuring smooth network operation. The switch also supports 8 Quality of Service (QoS) groups, enabling precise control over network traffic and ensuring that critical data is prioritized appropriately. The Cisco N3K-C3064PQ is designed for easy integration into existing networks, with port locations at the rear for convenient cable management. Its compact form factor and support for redundant power supplies make it an ideal choice for environments where space and reliability are critical. In summary, the Cisco N3K-C3064PQ is a versatile, high-capacity switch that delivers reliable, high-speed connectivity. Its extensive hardware specifications, combined with Cisco's powerful NX-OS software, make it a suitable choice for a wide range of networking applications, from data centers to complex enterprise networks.


Item Code N3K-C3064PQ
Manufacturer Cisco
QSFP+ Ports Count 4
1 & 10 GbE Ports Total 48
10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports 16
Ethernet Management Ports Quantity 2
Management Ports Speed 10/100/1000 Mbps
Console Port Type 1 Serial
Operating System Cisco NX-OS
Unit Height 1 RU
Power Supply Units 2 (Redundant)
Hot Swap Capability Supported (Power Supply)
Airflow Direction Front-to-Back
Ports Placement Rear
Total Switching Throughput 1.28 Tbps
Packet Forwarding Rate 950 Mpps
Total Queue Count 12
Unicast Egress Queues 8
Multicast Egress Routes 4
Memory Buffer 9 MB
Layer 3 Support Enabled
CPU Type Intel Arrandale
CPU Cores 2
System Memory 4 GB
Memory Technology DDR3
Architecture Switch-on-a-Chip
Quality of Service Group Count 8

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