Ever wish that your NIC could do more than just pulling packets, or you’re your GPU could do more than pushing pixels? VisionTek and Bigfoot Networks today has the answer in what is a rather interesting product for those looking for both a new GPU and NIC.
The two companies today announced the launch of the VisionTek Killer HD 5770, the world's first single-card, PCI Express solution combining Bigfoot Networks' Killer E2100 game networking technology and AMD's Radeon HD 5000 graphics.
The Killer HD 5770 is a one-card, one-slot solution that has a full 5770 GPU that supports Microsoft DirectX 11, multimonitor setup and 7.1 audio via HDMI output. On the networking side, the card also uses an embedded version of the Killer 2100 gaming network card developed by Bigfoot Networks.
Like the standalone Killer NICs, this hybrid card has all the controls with Advanced Game Detect and Visual Bandwidth Control to make sure all the bandwidth goes to the game.
While combining a GPU and a NIC isn't common practice, AMD seems rather pleased at the coming together of its Radeon with networking capabilities.
"VisionTek has been a strategic partner for nearly 10 years and brings extremely innovative AMD design concepts to the North American market," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's GPU Division. "We rely on our leading partners to expand on our technology reach. VisionTek once again delivers on that directive with its new Killer™ HD 5770 launch."
The VisionTek Killer HD 5770 gaming graphics and network card will be available in early December through North American online and retail channels at an MSRP of $199.99 USD.
While I can't say how good or bad the "Killer" network card is, the network card which is built into this video card, by itself lists for around $85 on Newegg. So the price in the article makes sense, since individually they probably have an MSRP of around $100 each.
The actual network card, is also distributed by VisionTek.
Seriously, almost every single onboard NIC has the ability to allow QoS, forwarding and many, many other options that were built into like BOTH network adapters on the board. Like some have also said, 99% of routers also have these features, if you REALLY want to do this on the hardware level (which would also be even more effective than doing this locally on the card).
Gimmick. Expensive one at that.