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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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By albundee on 7/13/2006 5:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
how many rediculous gamer gimmicks do we need this year?

1.quad-sli (4 times the price for marginal performance increase!?) HA
2. physics card? (HA)
3. and now this!? LOL

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By KristopherKubicki on 7/13/2006 5:36:25 PM , Rating: 2
Anh and I were discussing Gamer CD Drives earlier today.

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By RobFDB on 7/14/2006 7:36:07 AM , Rating: 2
CD Gamer drives.. you have to be kidding me..

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By abhaxus on 7/14/2006 6:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
I had one of the Kenwood TrueX drives back in the day. not the 70x monster but the 42x one. Loved it. Of course, it couldn't read burned CDs reliably, and ended up being as loud as a "normal" cd drive, but it was fast as hell.

Oh, and it died after less than a year. Glad I don't buy into "extreme" products anymore :)

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By QueBert on 7/17/2006 4:33:19 PM , Rating: 2
I had a TrueX drive, it died quick on me. A shame Kenwood didn't continue working on the Zen technology. When it worked it was so fast I couldn't believe it. Multi-Laser burners would own. They could produce a 70x TrueX cd burner :) I know 99.5% of all TrueX drives died within a year, but the idea was crazy and the techology has so much potential.

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By xlmussel on 7/13/2006 5:42:23 PM , Rating: 2
4. don't forget the creative X-Fi with 64MB onboard RAM.

Don't even get me started on the Fatality products

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By Armorize on 7/13/2006 7:01:54 PM , Rating: 2
these "gamer" products, will be of some use when their actually affordable and dost cause credit card debt or piggy bank robbery anymore. seriously a gamer lan card...could it get worse, i dought these are going to be the next big thing. It's almost like advertising for toast NOW WITH BUTTER!

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By RMSistight on 7/13/2006 5:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
It's not possible to transfer gigabit speeds on a PCI card. You need at least a PCI Express x1 slot to get FULL gigabit speeds.

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By exdeath on 7/14/2006 1:56:17 PM , Rating: 1
I like the integrated NIC better.

PCIe 1x NIC? I'll take my hardware accelerated onboard NIC sitting on the fastest bus closest to the CPU; directly on the Hyper Transport bus! If it were any faster it would be integrated into the CPU...

(That includes RAID controller too)

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