Bigfoot Networks launches its entry-level Killer K1 NPU

Users wanting a fancy network card but turned off by the high price tag of Bigfoot Networks’ KillerNIC M1 will be able to achieve networking bliss with the new lower priced Killer K1. The new affordable entry sheds the shiny heatsink and support for Flexible Network Architecture applications, or FNApps, to lower costs.

Shiny heatsink and FNApps support aside, the Killer K1 has a lower-clocked variant of Bigfoot Network’s network processing unit, also known as an NPU. The NPU found in the Killer K1 clocks at 333 MHz instead of the KillerNIC M1’s 400 MHz, how much of a performance difference 67 MHz makes is yet to be seen. Memory remains unchanged though, with 64 MB of DDR ram “to offer gamers a faster online gaming experience.”

Lag and Latency Reduction Technology remain supported on the Killer K1. "The new Killer K1 is exactly what they are asking for - LLR Technology at a price they can afford. Killer K1 offers the same great gaming performance of the Killer NIC and works with all games including popular titles like World of Warcraft and Battlefield 2,” said Harlan Beverly, co-founder and CEO of Bigfoot Networks.

While Bigfoot Networks’ FNApps are unsupported out of box, users wanting to take advantage of FNApps can purchase an upgrade. The upgrade costs $30 and enables FNApps support. Killer K1 owners can purchase the upgrade at anytime.

Specifications for the Killer K1 are as follows:
  • 10/100/1000 PCI Network Interface Card
  • 333 MHz Network Processing Unit
  • 64MB RAM
  • Full NIC functionality
The Killer K1 is only available from online retailers with an MSRP of $179.99; however, online retailers are offering the Killer K1 with a rebate to bring the price down to $149.99. Bigfoot Networks claims the Killer K1 will only be available for a limited time, so if you’re looking for another “gaming enhancing” peripheral to join your Ageia PhysX card, head over to your favorite online retailer before it sells out.

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