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Mockup of the KillerNic
The KillerNIC adaptor may be the latest trend in gaming hardware

Bigfoot Networks has announced its Killer Network Interface Card. The new Gigabit KillerNIC is catered towards the hardcore gamer that requires every drop of performance possible from a gaming system. Utilizing a 400MHz network processor with 64MB of dedicated PC-2100 DDR memory, the Killer NIC has plenty of power to perform Gigabit transfer rates without hogging up too many CPU cycles.

MaxFPS technology frees up CPU cycles typically taken up by heavy network traffic by offloading the required processing onto the Killer NIC’s 400MHz network processor. UltimatePing technology lowers ping by optimizing data delivery to games faster while PingThrottle technology allows users to increase or decrease ping accordingly. GameFirst Technology prioritizes network packets for games instead of background downloading utilities such as BitTorrent.

While NVIDIA has implemented features similar to MaxFPS and GameFirst in the form of its FirstPacket and TCP/IP offload functions of the nForce 500 series of chipsets, the Killer NIC is the first standalone network card to offer such features. The Killer NIC is also upgradeable with its Flexible Network Architecture which allows anyone to code programs that can take advantage of the network processor. Bigfoot Networks’ Chief Architect claims “FNapps can be anything from simple gaming chat programs or servers, to full online gaming VoIP solutions.”  This could prove interesting if a game developer’s code game to take advantage of the Killer NIC’s processing capabilities for VOIP functionality.

In a world where nearly every enthusiast motherboard has onboard Gigabit Ethernet, Bigfoot Networks may have a hard time convincing gamers a PCI Ethernet card is needed for the ultimate gaming experience, especially since PCI slots are becoming scarce on newer motherboards.

The Killer NIC will be available starting on August 16th with no mention of pricing.


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Gamers want PCIe
By Ecmaster76 on 7/13/2006 5:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
Who would pay extra for a card that cant even max out its 1Gb connection?

lol




RE: Gamers want PCIe
By tonjohn on 7/13/2006 5:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah.. Where is the PCIe version? It pisses me off that Creative, Ageia, and now this company - companies who cater to gamers - don't offer any products in PCIe, the formfactor that gamers want and need these cards to be in.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By AndreasM on 7/13/2006 5:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Who would pay extra for a card that cant even max out its 1Gb connection?


PCI is capable of 133 MBps, which is 1064 Mbps. So as long as you have no other PCI cards the bottleneck will not be the PCI bus.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By Bull Dog on 7/13/2006 5:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
Thats maximum theoretical data rates.....something that is never seen in the real world. PCI based gigabyte ethernet controllers are slower than their PCI-e based counterparts because the PCI bus is out of bandwidth.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By AndreasM on 7/13/2006 6:16:57 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Thats maximum theoretical data rates


So is the 1 Gbps of a NIC. :P

But in practice you'll be bottlenecked by your HD, unless you have some kind of RAID monster.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By LoogieXX on 7/13/2006 6:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
And what about duplex ?... so already you've lost 50% of Gigabit performance... d'oh !


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By AndreasM on 7/13/2006 7:38:59 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
And what about duplex ?... so already you've lost 50% of Gigabit performance... d'oh !


Duplex merely means that you can send and receive at the same time, the bandwidth stays the same. If that's what you meant then I apologise, it's getting late and your post was confusing.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By Lord Evermore on 7/14/2006 2:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Full Duplex means you can send the full rate in each direction at the same time. A full duplex FastEthernet link is 200Mbps total bandwidth in theory, full duplex GigEther would be 2Gbps.

This is, I believe, the very most useless piece of hardware ever created, unless the phrase "money is no object" is literally true for the purchaser. Even if I actually did have virtually unlimited funds, I wouldn't bother with such a thing.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By Suomynona on 7/13/2006 9:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
The PCI bus is the bottleneck, if you want the speed you need a computer that does not have a shared bus like PCI. This would mean possibly a highend UNIX server with a crossbar bus or one that guarantees each slot dedicated bandwidth. I've seen this problem on SANs, most Intel x86 server boxes cannot match the throughput of a Unix server.


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By acomputerwiz on 7/13/2006 11:58:31 PM , Rating: 3
Remind me what in the world does an OPERATING SYSTEM have to do with hardware? You can run Unix on an Intel based server so surely you are thinking of something other than that? Maybe an as400 or something based on an Ultrasparc?


RE: Gamers want PCIe
By Lord Evermore on 7/14/2006 2:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
Some people still equate UNIX with non-x86 mainframe or old workstation-style computers with specialized architectures.


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