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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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another PCI card?
By soydios on 7/13/2006 6:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
So, the "hard core" gamer would have the following PCI cards:
- Ageia PhysX
- Creative X-Fi
- Bigfoot KillerNIC
Now don't tell me that any of those cards would be running at full capacity over a PCI bus. The bandwidth simply doesn't exist. Between the NIC and PhysX, the PhysX card would really slow down the system (stutter already happens with PhysX when new objects are created). Cards need to start being PCI-Express.

Complete card list for ultimate "hard core" gamer:
- 2x dual-slot graphics cards
- 3 PCI cards
I know of no motherboards that could accomodate that layout.

RE: another PCI card?
By Ard on 7/13/2006 6:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
There are actually quite a few, my ASUS A8N-SLI Premium for one. I'd imagine there are DFI and ABIT boards that also have the space, though all these boards would be cramped regardless.

RE: another PCI card?
By Ard on 7/13/2006 6:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you're talking about PCI bandwidth, in which case, no, there is no consumer board that could accomdate all of that.

RE: another PCI card?
By vhdiceman on 7/13/2006 8:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Does this thing come with a "dongle" so we can daisy-chain our PCI cards out and around the case? No? Can I get a piggy-back?

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