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Bigfoot Launches 'Fastest NIC Ever' Killer 2100

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Bigfoot says that its new Killer 2100 has a race-inspired casing.

Bigfoot Networks today announced Killer 2100, its next-generation network interface card (NIC) for online gaming that it bills as the "fastest Gigabit NIC on the planet for gamers."

The Killer 2100 uses Bigfoot Networks’ Game Networking DNA technology, comprised of a dedicated network processor (NPU), Advanced Game Detect, Windows stack bypass, Visual Bandwidth Control and other optimizations to help reduce stuttering, freezing and other symptoms of lag.

"Killer 2100 is the fastest network card available for online games, period," said Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks. "From its completely redesigned user interface and race-inspired outer casing to its high-performance Game Networking DNA software, everything about Killer 2100 screams speed and maximum performance."

We haven't yet put the Killer 2100 through our own tests, but Bigfoot cites the Gaming Network Efficiency test as showing the Killer 2100 clocking in at more than ten times faster than standard network interfaces. Analytic firm JPR saw noticeable gains.

"We saw a dramatic performance advantage over standard network interfaces in our Killer 2100 tests—an advantage that's big enough to change the online gaming experience,” said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. “The Killer 2100 repeatedly delivered superior network latency on mainstream and enthusiast-class gaming PCs, and this difference could easily provide a winning edge to online gamers."

The Killer 2100 also comes with software tools for monitoring and optimizing network performance. Visual Bandwidth Control provides real-time feedback about how Internet bandwidth is used on a per-application basis, making it easy for gamers to limit or block network-hungry applications. The Online Gaming PC Monitor feature gives players at-a-glance graphical displays and detailed logging so that they can track performance statistics such as CPU usage, memory usage and frame rate along with networking activity.

Killer 2100 specifications include:

·      10/100/1000 Ethernet

·      PCIe interface (x1 form factor)

·      400 MHz dedicated network processor

·      128 MB DDR2 RAM

·      Performance-inspired housing

·      Advanced Game Detect

·      Visual Bandwidth Control

·      Online Gaming PC Monitor

·      Windows network stack bypass

·      Optimized for use with voice chat applications

·      Support for Win7, Vista & XP 32

Killer 2100 products will be available in coming weeks in retail and online stores at MSRP $129 U.S. Read more about it on Bigfoot's product page.

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    ac21365 , May 11, 2010 10:39 AM
    mmmm placebo effect

    This is analogous to Monster Cable's logic with their $400 power cord: After your power's been run over 150 miles of the lowest-bidder built infrastructure and the cheapest cable, that last 4' absoultely MUST be perfect.

    DSL is a great example of why in a lot of cases, money could be better-spent elsewhere. That 200 dollar nic isn't going to clean up the signal running 2 miles over 60 year old copper, or get your packets to the net any faster than the infrastructure can after you hit the first hop on your provider's network.
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    teodoreh , May 11, 2010 10:46 AM
    128MB RAM for a network card? Oh dear, My Spectrum 48k is officially an antique!
  • 19 Hide
    maban , May 11, 2010 11:05 AM
    If it was $129 cheaper I would be all over this.
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    jrharbort , May 11, 2010 10:20 AM
    I never really could understand the purpose of these high end NICs. I'm not sure if the price is worth the maybe 2ms ping reduction with online gaming.

    On top of that, if a person was seriously worried about absolute speed and performance (not just connection-wise) they wouldn't even be running all these extra applications such as the kind included with this product.

    As for bandwidth control, there are already many free aplications out there with the same functions, granted it may not have the "fancy" UI.
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    ac21365 , May 11, 2010 10:39 AM
    mmmm placebo effect

    This is analogous to Monster Cable's logic with their $400 power cord: After your power's been run over 150 miles of the lowest-bidder built infrastructure and the cheapest cable, that last 4' absoultely MUST be perfect.

    DSL is a great example of why in a lot of cases, money could be better-spent elsewhere. That 200 dollar nic isn't going to clean up the signal running 2 miles over 60 year old copper, or get your packets to the net any faster than the infrastructure can after you hit the first hop on your provider's network.
  • 20 Hide
    teodoreh , May 11, 2010 10:46 AM
    128MB RAM for a network card? Oh dear, My Spectrum 48k is officially an antique!
  • 14 Hide
    Anonymous , May 11, 2010 10:47 AM
    Uh, snake oil?
  • 4 Hide
    anamaniac , May 11, 2010 10:55 AM
    My MOBO has two NIC's.
    Good enough for me.

    I'll buy a new sound card before I buy a NIC(I use 10W speakers, with a $50 sound card, I have no reason to change any time soon).
  • 13 Hide
    Syndil , May 11, 2010 10:55 AM
    High-end NICs? Come on. NIC stands for Network Interface Card. This is merely the entry point to a vast NETWORK of other equipment. Whatever fancy voodoo this card can do is not going to counteract the weakest point of your connection with a game server, whatever that point may be, and your connection is only as good as the weakest link. The next device in your own setup is probably going to be a consumer-grade router, then a consumer-grade cable modem. You're not going to accomplish anything by providing a super-fast, extremely efficient connection to your own network equipment. If you want a better connection to your game servers, invest in a better connection to the network, i.e. FiOS.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2010 11:02 AM
    what a waste of money!!...spend it towards better memory or faster vid card or better cpu...the few ms you save ISN'T WORTH IT!!
  • 19 Hide
    maban , May 11, 2010 11:05 AM
    If it was $129 cheaper I would be all over this.
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    joytech22 , May 11, 2010 11:09 AM
    Well i guess it's got a nice case, but i notice at LAN's that even having 5 ping can prevent me winning myself a headshot, but the card would also look nifty in a computer case if the side is glass, i'd buy one since most servers i game on have low ping to begin with, lowering that further would make playing more enjoyable.
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    drowned , May 11, 2010 11:18 AM
    Interesting...my laptop's build in 100 mbps port probably sporting a massive 10 mhz processor and an awe-inspiring 512 kb of buffer can handle true 100 mbps internet up/down (university isp) and give me 6 ms ping...with a software+multiple hardware firewalls and switches.

    So huge middle finger to Bigfoot.
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    drowned , May 11, 2010 11:24 AM
    joytech22Well i guess it's got a nice case, but i notice at LAN's that even having 5 ping can prevent me winning myself a headshot, but the card would also look nifty in a computer case if the side is glass, i'd buy one since most servers i game on have low ping to begin with, lowering that further would make playing more enjoyable.


    You have no clue what you're talking about do you? 5 ms is at least 3x faster than you can even react to a visual stimulus. And don't forget that even if you get 120 fps in a game, it means you're only getting a new frame every 8 ms.
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    dragunover , May 11, 2010 11:27 AM
    If I had the money to really be an enthusiast, I *would* be all over this, but unfortunately I realized it's only single-RJ45, so what's the point? I'd have to buy an Intel card...
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    fatedtodie , May 11, 2010 11:38 AM
    NIC = Network Interface CONTROLLER. When it is on a CARD it is a NIC card. When it is on the motherboard it is just a NIC. Please learn computers, kthx
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    Hatecrime69 , May 11, 2010 11:56 AM
    while the performance differences for gamers is questionable at best, i'm still curious as to how it might perform in a low to medium-end server situation (compared to onboard and server-level cards), to see how it handles a high network load in a server setup
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    uronacid , May 11, 2010 12:12 PM
    I own a Bigfoot Killer NIC. The preformance games are there, but they are entirely dependant on the games you play. If you play MMORPGS then these NICs are great. If you play FPS then the preformance gains are there, but you might get better bang for buck by putting money toward some other hardware.
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    curnel_D , May 11, 2010 12:39 PM
    The only thing I can say about this new Killer NIC is that it looks way way better than the old one with the jackass 2 pound "K" heatsink.

    Maybe this will make the old Killer NIC card prices dive. If it gets low enough, I'd get it just for the linux/torrent feature.
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    Anonymous , May 11, 2010 12:41 PM
    The performance is there, very nice when using voice program like ventrilo or mumble and playing a FPS or MMORPG. Is it worth the price? ehhh probably not to the basic gamer but if you play semi-pro online to an invite league that actually has cash payouts then it could be that little bit of an edge that you need. I personally don't have the free time to play pro/semi-pro anymore so I wouldn't spend the money on it anymore but 3 years ago I would be all over this.
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    amstech , May 11, 2010 12:46 PM
    Uronacid, youre 100% wrong. Tomshardware reviewed a Killer" Nic card last time one came out and it offered absolutely NO difference, even losing in some cases. Any difference you or anyone else 'thinks' they are seeing is in yor head. Until I see actual proof, these are useless and only idiots will be fooled.
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    amstech , May 11, 2010 12:48 PM
    They even went into 25 man raids in wow and still no difference.
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    arcainumbro , May 11, 2010 1:09 PM
    For internet gaming, this would be a complete waste of money. I could potentially see it paying off at a LAN party where you are playing off a dedicated server on the same network. Could be a slight improvement/advantage there.
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