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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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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...

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