quote: Common sense is worthless next to empirical evidence.And empirical evidence says: some games benefit by a few FPS, especially World of Warcraft. Other games show no boost at all.
quote: We see about a 4% increase over our other products in frame rates. . . .Ping rates did improve by up to 7% (host system improvements and server variables) and this is where we did notice a difference in game play during the busy test sessions on Friday and Saturday nights. When our area was full of players we did notice smoother game play at times with the Killer NIC.
quote: Other games, especially World of Warcraft, seem to benefit in both ping and fps.
quote: Thomas was able to identify which session of his was powered with the Killer NIC rather easily. Like our FEAR player, Thomas noted that the overall gameplay was smoother when comparing between sessions. One place specific that Thomas visited was Iron Forge. He noted that it was “lag city” most of the time as it was with his non-Killer session in testing. He explained that his experience with the Killer NIC in Iron Forge was very smooth and “lag free.”
quote: Not only did the frame rate increase dramatically, but the ping rate was also significantly lower; 20% to be exact. With a big increase in frame rate and much lower latency, he was definitely disappointed when I took the card back.
quote: With the Killer NIC installed, it doesn't slow down very much at all. Whereas on my PC it smoothed it out noticeably, on her PC it sped things up very noticeably. . . .Wow! Over a 10 FPS increase just by installing the Killer NIC. It is starting to look like it really makes a difference on older systems playing MMORPG games.
quote: What I want to know is:Does it do what it promises? Does it lower your ping by a meaningful amount, and/or increase your FPS?The fact that Bigfoot has not sent its card out to be tested by many independent sources is a very good reason to be suspicious (like a movie studio not sending out a bad movie to critics before it launches). I certainly wouldn't recommend running out and buying one quite yet.We'll find out soon enough how much of a performance boost (if any) it gives for online gaming. Until then, saying anything else (good or bad) about the card is mere speculation.
quote: ...So if my generic realtek nic can achieve the same <1ms what good would the KillerNIC do?
quote: The Anandtech review was the best review anyone has bothered to do on it. If you don't understand how the KillerNic works, I suggest you read it. All your network certs doesn't mean your comment amounts to a hill of beans if you haven't even read the review on the very site you're commenting on (well I suppose DailyTech and AnandTech aren't technically the same).
quote: It improves pings by removing latency on your own computer associated with the windows network stack. This also off-loads network-related duties from the CPU, thus freeing CPU time for other activities, like the game you're playing. Obviously, the game would have to be network-bound and/or CPU bound for any of this to have a noticable effect. WoW and FEAR, according to Anandtech, happen to be two of those games where the effect was noticeable. Read the damn review.
quote: by bottle23 on February 15, 2007 at 6:18 PM
How much bandwidth can a router handle before it becomes a bottleneck?
That's the point of such NPU powered NICs. There is no way a $50 router is able to handle 1 Gbps+ speed. At best, the more expensive ones for the home user can cover up to 120 Mbps.
Run some tests on a couple of routers for the home user market and you'll see what I mean.
quote: Even the reviews linked from the killer nic site are pretty bad. They are stretching for any validation by linking poor reviews... and only 3 or 4 reviews at that.
quote: Let's face it, it's junk, but we want to believe it's not.
quote: 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.
quote: 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.