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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: What's with the hate?
By Hare on 7/13/2006 5:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
What do you expect this card will do? (That your built-in NIC won't do?)

RE: What's with the hate?
By Atrye on 7/13/2006 5:56:10 PM , Rating: 1
Just what they are saying it will:

-Take some load away from the CPU
-Optimize network traffic as desired

Now, it's certainly quite possible that the price they charge for such a thing will not even begin to be worth it, but we don't have the information to be making judgments just yet.

RE: What's with the hate?
By defter on 7/13/2006 6:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
We have a plenty information, for example:
- typical on-line games require at most 20-30kb/s of bandwidth, thus CPU utilization isn't an issue. Gamers usually don't download stuff at 1Gbps while playing (and in that case HDD would eat some CPU cycles)

- connect two computers with network cable and ping (preferably with a utility that reports accurately ping times) one of them, you should get a ping of something like 0.3-0.5 ms. Thus in theory, "optimized" network card would lower latency at most by 0.3-0.5ms, needless to say, this kind of difference is completely irrelevant.

RE: What's with the hate?
By deeznuts on 7/13/2006 6:20:15 PM , Rating: 3
Because we are intelligent beings that understand how this sort of thing functions. I have some beachfront property in Arizona I can sell you for cheap.

On Lake Havasu? I'll buy it.

RE: What's with the hate?
By bob661 on 7/13/2006 6:55:29 PM , Rating: 3
On Lake Havasu?
No thanks. I'd just assume cut out the middleman and live on the Sun instead.

RE: What's with the hate?
By Hare on 7/14/2006 3:41:26 AM , Rating: 2
-Take some load away from the CPU
-Optimize network traffic as desired

Buy a decent motherboard (like gamers/enthusiast already do) and there's very little that you could benefit from this card. Let's be realistic. The built-in (usually two) gigabit ethernet cards are more than adequate for everything else than high-end server environment...

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