Announcing the First Network Card for Gamers
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 13, 2006 4:47 PM
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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.
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?
7/13/2006 5:29:33 PM
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?
7/14/2006 12:01:19 AM
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?
7/14/2006 6:10:21 AM
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!)
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