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.