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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

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The following table compares the currently shipping Catalyst 6500 Series models.

  Catalyst 6503-E Catalyst 6504-E Catalyst 6506-E Catalyst 6509-E Catalyst 6513-E Catalyst 6509-V-E
Slots 3 4 6 9 13 9 vertical
Max 10/100/1000 ports 97 145 241 385 529 385
Max 1 GE ports1 99 147 243 387 534 387
Max 10 GE ports2 34 50 82 130 180 130
Max 40 GE ports 8 12 20 32 44 32
Maximum forwarding performance (IPv4) 150 Mpps 210 Mpps 330 Mpps 510 Mpps 720 Mpps 510 Mpps
Height (RU) 4 5 11 14 19 21
Weight (chassis) 33 lbs
(15 kg)
40 lbs
(17.8 kg)
50 lbs
(22.7 kg)
60 lbs
(27.3 kg)
79.1 lbs
(35.9 kg)
121 lbs
(54.9 kg )


1 Assumes use of supervisor uplinks in single supervisor configuration
2 Assumes use of supervisor uplinks in single supervisor configuration

Catalyst Supervisor Engines
  2T 2T-XL 720-10G 720-10G-XL 720-3B 720-3BXL
Switch fabric Integrated 2T Integrated 2T Integrated 720G Integrated 720G Integrated 720G Integrated 720G
Virtual Switching System (VSS) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Uplinks 3 x 1 GE (SFP)
2 x 10 GE (X2)
1 management (CMP)
2 x 1 GE (SFP)
2 x 10 GE (X2)
1 x 10/100/1000 RJ-45
1 x 1 GE (SFP)
1 x 1 GE (SFP) or 10/100/1000 RJ-45
Chassis E-Series only E-Series only 6503/6503-E
6504-E
6506/6506-E
6509/6509-E
6509-NEB-A
6509-V-E 6513/6513-E
6503/6503-E
6504-E
6506/6506-E
6509/6509-E
6509-NEB-A
6509-V-E 6513/6513-E
6503/6503-E
6504-E
6506/6506-E
6509/6509-E
6509-NEB
6509-NEB-A
6513/6513-E
6503/6503-E
6504-E
6506/6506-E
6509/6509-E
6509-NEB
6509-NEB-A
6513/6513-E
Supported distributed forwarding card (DFC) DFC4(XL) DFC4(XL) DFC3A,
DFC3B(XL)
DFC3C(XL)
DFC3A,
DFC3B(XL)
DFC3C(XL)
DFC3A,
DFC3B(XL)
DFC3C(XL)
DFC3A,
DFC3B(XL)
DFC3C(XL)
Multilayer switch feature card (MSFC) MSFC5 MSFC5 MSFC3 MSFC3 MSFC3 MSFC3
Policy feature card (PFC) PFC4 PFC4XL PFC3C PFC3CXL PFC3B PFC3BXL
  Catalyst 6900 Series
  6904-40G
  40 GE mode 10 GE mode Mixed mode
Ports 4 x 40 GE 16 x 10 GE 2 x 40 GE
8 x 10 GE
Optics CFP FourX
adapter,
SFP+
CFP,
FourX Adapter,
SFP+
Switch fabric connection 80 Gbps 80 Gbps 80 Gbps
Over-subscription 2:1
(1:1 performance mode)
2:1
(1:1 performance mode)
2:1
(1:1 performance mode)
Onboard memory 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
Forwarding engine DFC4E(XL) DFC4E(XL) DFC4E(XL)
Supported with Sup 2T Yes Yes Yes
Supported with other Sup No No No
  Catalyst 6900 Series Catalyst 6800 Series Catalyst 6700 Series
  6908-10G 6816-10G 6816-10T 6716-10G 6716-10T 6708-10G 6704-10G
Ports 8 16 16 16 16 8 4
Optics X2,
OneX adapter, SFP+
X2,
OneX adapter, SFP+
None
(RJ-45)
X2,
OneX adapter, SFP+
None
(RJ-45)
X2,
OneX adapter, SFP+
XENPAK
Switch fabric connection 80 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps 40 Gbps
Over-subscription 1:1 4:1
(1:1 performance mode)
4:1
(1:1 performance mode)
4:1
(1:1 performance mode)
4:1
(1:1 performance mode)
2:1
(1:1 performance mode)
1:1
Onboard memory 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 256 MB, upgradable to 512 MB or 1 GB
Forwarding engine DFC4E(XL) DFC4E(XL) DFC4E(XL) DFC3C(XL); upgradable to DFC4E(XL) DFC3C(XL); upgradable to DFC4E(XL) DFC3C(XL) CFC, optional DFC3B(XL) / DFC3C(XL); upgradable to DFC4A(XL)
Supported with Sup 2T Yes Yes Yes Requires DFC4E(XL) Requires DFC4E(XL) No Requires CFC or DFC4A(XL)
Supported with Sup 720 / Sup 720 10G No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
  Catalyst 6800 Series Catalyst 6700 Series
  6848-SFP 6848-TX 6824-SFP 6748-SFP 6748-TX 6724-SFP
Ports 48 48 24 48 48 24
Optics SFP None
(RJ-45)
SFP SFP None
(RJ-45)
SFP
Onboard memory 1 GB 1 GB 1 GB 256 MB, upgradable to 512 MB or 1 GB 256 MB, upgradable to 512 MB or 1 GB 256 MB, upgradable to 512 MB or 1 GB
Forwarding engine DFC4A(XL) DFC4A(XL) DFC4A(XL) CFC, optional DFC3B(XL) / DFC3C(XL)upgradable to DFC4A(XL) CFC, optional DFC3B(XL) / DFC3C(XL)upgradable to DFC4A(XL) CFC, optional DFC3B(XL) / DFC3C(XL)upgradable to DFC4A(XL)
Supported with Sup 2T Yes Yes Yes Requires CFC or DFC4A(XL) Requires CFC or DFC4A(XL) Requires CFC or DFC4A(XL)
Supported with Sup 720 / Sup 720 10G No No No Yes Yes Yes