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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: Gamers want PCIe
By Suomynona on 7/13/2006 9:26:32 PM , Rating: 1
The PCI bus is the bottleneck, if you want the speed you need a computer that does not have a shared bus like PCI. This would mean possibly a highend UNIX server with a crossbar bus or one that guarantees each slot dedicated bandwidth. I've seen this problem on SANs, most Intel x86 server boxes cannot match the throughput of a Unix server.

RE: Gamers want PCIe
By acomputerwiz on 7/13/2006 11:58:31 PM , Rating: 3
Remind me what in the world does an OPERATING SYSTEM have to do with hardware? You can run Unix on an Intel based server so surely you are thinking of something other than that? Maybe an as400 or something based on an Ultrasparc?

RE: Gamers want PCIe
By Lord Evermore on 7/14/2006 2:21:44 PM , Rating: 2
Some people still equate UNIX with non-x86 mainframe or old workstation-style computers with specialized architectures.

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