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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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Increase Ping?
By xlmussel on 7/13/2006 5:24:13 PM , Rating: 2
while PingThrottle technology allows users to increase or decrease ping accordingly.

Why would you want to increase ping?

RE: Increase Ping?
By Knish on 7/13/2006 5:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
Some people who are used to playing on high latency DSL have trouble when they go to lan parties.

My guess anyway.

RE: Increase Ping?
By AxemanFU on 7/13/2006 6:04:10 PM , Rating: 2
maybe high latency ISDN or full cable nodes ping high, but not most DSL's. My gaming clan has members dispersed all over the USA, and unless they are in the same city with the server, I ping better with my DSL on practically every server than any of them do with cable. Now for bandwidth, most of them have me beat...but bandwidth doesn't matter for gaming unless you are hosting a server with your connection, and then your upload is the killer, not the DL.

That being said, maybe if you are playing against an international clan, and they all have 200ms pings, sometimes it is better for your ping to match theirs so they don't ghost and lag slide more or less than you do. It seems to actually help when everyone's pings are close to the same, no matter how bad they are.

I for one don't get why you'd spend the extra money for the NIC instead of using your mobo's onboard nic and then taking the extra cash and upgrading to a faster CPU than you'd have otherwise bought. Then the CPU can handle the extra processing load, and is avaialble for other things than just providing nic processing overhead.

RE: Increase Ping?
By Hare on 7/14/2006 3:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
Haha. How can you play with 200ms ping :D That's just ridiculous. I also play casually and most servers simply kick out players with >100ms ping. I'm usually hovering around 15ms-30ms. 200ms is a lot. After you click your mouse you can go and grab a cup of coffee before the bullet hits the target (if you can hit anything with 200ms ping, more luck than anything else)

RE: Increase Ping?
By NT78stonewobble on 7/14/2006 2:38:26 PM , Rating: 2
Real players predict where ure head is 200 ms in advance and get a headshot on you anyway ;)

RE: Increase Ping?
By thecoolnessrune on 8/5/2006 8:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
I must be real l33t cause this satellite connection is 1400ms ping and i still get a few kills in even on moving targets :P

RE: Increase Ping?
By joex444 on 7/13/2006 11:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
Some people who are used to playing on high latency DSL have trouble when they go to lan parties.

lan paries l337 gamers dont have high ping dsl...

RE: Increase Ping?
By Schadenfroh on 7/13/2006 5:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
Many people used to do this by various methods in Counter-Strike. The higher your ping is, the more random shots you get and thus the more you can screw with the already buggy hitboxes.

RE: Increase Ping?
By acomputerwiz on 7/14/2006 12:01:19 AM , Rating: 2
Say what? I have been playing CS for years and the lower your ping the more responsive the server is to player locations and therefore your shots become slightly more accurate. Any decent player would not rely on 'random' shots to try to kill someone.

Low ping is king (if your good)

RE: Increase Ping?
By Jedi2155 on 7/14/2006 6:10:21 AM , Rating: 2
He was probably referring to Source which has incredibly screwed up hit boxes and where a 200-250 ping player can actually be the best player in the server.....(he would lag so much that no one can catch his hitbox!)

RE: Increase Ping?
By tkengalnd on 7/13/2006 7:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
I can raise or lower my cholesterol at will.

Why would you raise your cholesterol?

So that I can lower it ~ Dwight Schrute, The Office

RE: Increase Ping?
By bunnyfubbles on 7/13/2006 11:01:35 PM , Rating: 1
Why would you want to increase ping?

If you have a favorite server you play on, and you want to practice for a match server you know you'll be playing but get much higher ping on that server, you would want to practice with a higher ping instead of giving yourself a false confidence you can get with a low ping on that favorite server.

I think its a wonderful idea, other than the ridiculous decal design (WTF is that, a heatsink? keep it plain please...if I want to be queer and trick it out then I can do that on my own)

Other than that it does sound pretty attractive. The gigabit part I could care less about, that would mean alomst nothing to a gamer; but if it really can reduce CPU usage (even if its only a % or two), if it can someone keep your ping lower than normal or perhaps more steady (again if only by a %), and if you can tweak your ping without problems - it really could be a winner.

Enthusiasts no, I wouldn't see a need for it, but enthusiast gamers - yes.

RE: Increase Ping?
By bunnyfubbles on 7/13/2006 11:08:29 PM , Rating: 1
I would have to add in that it's a joke if over $100, and personally I don't think I'd consider it if it was over a $50-75 range - and this is assuming its performance is everything it sounds to be and is flawless at that.

I've payed close to $50 for a NIC in the past, and it was a really damn good one at the time. Now decent ones are so cheap they're practically given away, and onboard LAN is half decent and I haven't used a NIC in my past 3 motherboards...

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