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Are Killer NIC's really worth the money?

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June 18, 2010 8:12:40 PM

Most of the reviews I've read for the Killer NIC "gaming" network cards have been negative. It's supposed to be a NIC designed specifically for online gaming. But people insist that they do not notice any reduction in their ping and in game lag, and the only thing it does is "connect them to the internet".

The newest generation of Killer NIC products have dropped significantly in price, and are faster than the previous generation.

Should I get one if there is only an absolute minimal improvement in online gaming performance and lag reduction?

The integrated NIC on your motherboard is supposed to be more than sufficient for online gaming.

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June 18, 2010 8:43:40 PM

It reduces your ping by around 1%.
Going from 100ms ping to 99 isn't a huge leap forward.

I'd use the money to get a better CPU, GPU, or mobo.
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July 27, 2010 4:30:25 PM

ambam said:
Most of the reviews I've read for the Killer NIC "gaming" network cards have been negative. It's supposed to be a NIC designed specifically for online gaming. But people insist that they do not notice any reduction in their ping and in game lag, and the only thing it does is "connect them to the internet".

The newest generation of Killer NIC products have dropped significantly in price, and are faster than the previous generation.

Should I get one if there is only an absolute minimal improvement in online gaming performance and lag reduction?

The integrated NIC on your motherboard is supposed to be more than sufficient for online gaming.



I was wondering the same thing too! Maybe for servers like 100 people and over it speeds up your ping for max intense tournament gaming! Gotta have this card for those extreme gaming lan fests I guess!
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September 19, 2010 6:38:22 AM

That's kinda bullshit, I saw a test involving an onboard NIC and a Intel Pro 1000/GT. The difference in ping was about 15-30ms. So there is infact a difference.
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September 29, 2010 1:44:01 AM

i had one in my old pc nd it did do good when the drivers worked . only upside is you can download to a fash/ext harddrive wile playing and 10-15 better ping it also saves you cpu/chipset doing the traffic but isnt wotrh 100+£
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November 3, 2010 6:03:44 AM

if they actually offloaded to the npu for all online games they might be worth it...the main selling point was supposed to be the npu onboard processor, unfortunately it doesnt actually process anything for most games.
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November 4, 2010 12:49:23 AM

yeah, i'd say the internet connection is the bottleneck so a fast nic isnt going to do anything.
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December 8, 2010 12:47:43 PM

not allways if it makes your pc latency faster i will make your ping better
But only on low end motherboards new mobo's have dual 100MB/ps ethernets thats faster that a nic
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December 24, 2010 9:10:29 AM

aslong as you have a realtek NIC, lets just say.. switch to a third-part intel NIC. For the good of online gaming. I have one right now, and im getting major ping spikes on bad company 2 and warband.
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January 1, 2011 4:28:57 PM

I have an integrated Realtek NIC on my motherboard and see no LAG spikes in BFBC2. I have noticed what feels like a lag spike on some servers but it apears server related as most of the servers I play on have zero lag. I have Verizon FIOS 25/25mbps and get 2-5ms pings on multiple pages of servers in BFBC2's server browser(50+ servers). Also, I think I have a slight latency advantage since I seem to fire first when I run head on with someone around a courner. I sugest you either try different servers or turn down the graphic settings to there lowest settinng and see if the lag goes away that way you can discover if it your hardware or the server because it is most likely not the NIC.
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