If you're the owner of an Intel motherboard, you could take a look at its codename (in case you don't know it already), because there might be new drivers in line for you. If your board reads DH61HO, DH61KVCH or DH61KCH, then you're lucky.
Since internet connectivity is one of the most precious things when it comes to a computer, getting the best Ethernet performance from your machine is not a thing to be taken lightly. And with performance directly related to the drivers you're running your PC with, here's the good news: fresh LAN drivers are now available for download.
The DH61HO, DH61KVCH, and DH61KCH are loaded with Realtek LAN chips and for them you can now download and install drivers supporting XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The fresh versions are 5.798.0523, 7.061.0612, and 8.003.0730, and they will grant you better connectivity and a more stable performance level.
Download Intel Realtek LAN Driver 5.798.0523 for XP
Download Intel Realtek LAN Driver 7.061.0612 for Windows 7
Download Intel Realtek LAN Driver 8.003.0730 for Windows 8.