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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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So much hate...
By Legolias24 on 7/14/2006 12:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, so much hate for something no one has actually seen in action. What ever happened to embracing technological advancements with the intent of improving our gaming experience?

I mean don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this card is going to kick @$$, I just think it has potential to be something more than what everyone is envisioning. Why be so short sighted with this card...why not look to the future and the possibilities this card can bring. Perhaps, in the future, this technology will evolve such that all the duties of a game server can be performed by this card alone (this is just a wild theory so please point your flame throwers some other place :P)

I give the manufacturers kudos for trying to be innovative with an existing product. I mean hell, if it wasn't for someone trying to improve upon an existing product, where do you think we would be today in terms of technological advancement?!

I am interested to see pricing and a full review before passing judgement.



P.S. one thing I don't get is why in the hell Bigfoot is using PCI instead of something like PCI-X or PCIe. I think it's time for PCI to bid farewell and move out to pasture!

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