COMPUTEX: The GPU/NIC Combo Card Revealed

Bigfoot Networks, the company behind the "Killer" line of gaming network cards, is currently showcasing a rather unique PCI Express hybrid at Computex 2010 in Taipei. In conjunction with TUL Corporation, the device combines Bigfoot's Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card technology with TUL's PowerColor-branded ATI Radeon HD 5000 graphics card. The result is a "best of breed" Gaming Combo Card that's deemed as the first of its kind.

"The Gaming Combo Card taps into massive parallel processing power on the GPU to deliver unrivaled visual quality and gaming performance supporting Microsoft DirectX 11 technology," Bigfoot said. "Using Killer Game Networking DNA technology, the card also classifies network traffic and separates game data for priority treatment, while reducing freezing, stuttering and other symptoms of lag. The Gaming Combo Card is a one card, one slot solution that is plug-and-play ready to give consumers a competitive online gaming edge."

It will be interesting to see how this card performs given that the NIC and GPU are using the same PCI Express bus. However, the prototype card provides two DVI ports, an HDMI output prt, and a gigabit Ethernet jack. Currently there's no indication of pricing, however it was suggested that this combination will be cheaper than purchasing the NIC and GPU separately. As for availability, the combo card may actually appear in a matter of months, however that's not set in stone.

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  • Next inventions by Bigfoot: a fridge and powered subwoofer combo, a cell phone umbrella, and a toaster that warms your bathwater while you are in it!
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  • I'll be honest, I never really saw the point behind 'gaming' NICs. I mean, maybe if it was the only thing between you and direct access to the internet, then maybe. But you've got the ISP, several converter boxes, and hundreds of miles of old copper wire to go through. Isn't the onboard NIC good enough? And even if you have a rig good enough to need that little bit of extra speed from a faster NIC, wouldn't you have the cash to buy an actual graphics card with, anyway?... :D
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  • Uh...No. I'll stick to integrated and 5850 thanks :)
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  • Uh...No. I'll stick to integrated and 5850 thanks :)
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  • Next inventions by Bigfoot: a fridge and powered subwoofer combo, a cell phone umbrella, and a toaster that warms your bathwater while you are in it!
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  • I'll be honest, I never really saw the point behind 'gaming' NICs. I mean, maybe if it was the only thing between you and direct access to the internet, then maybe. But you've got the ISP, several converter boxes, and hundreds of miles of old copper wire to go through. Isn't the onboard NIC good enough? And even if you have a rig good enough to need that little bit of extra speed from a faster NIC, wouldn't you have the cash to buy an actual graphics card with, anyway?... :D
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