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Killer Xeno Pro: Do You Really Need A Gaming Network Card?

Conclusion

After looking at the benchmarks, I'm not sure if there's any ambiguity when it comes to the performance of the Killer Xeno Pro versus an integrated Gigabit network card. But if you've skipped the article to check out the conclusion, I'll make it quick and simple: the $130 Killer Xeno Pro achieved results comparable to what a freeware Firefox plug-in offered, and that's during the load test. In the tests we did when we weren't congesting network bandwidth with multiple downloads, we experienced no notable difference in game latency and no significant advantage or disadvantage in frame rates when comparing the Killer Xeno Pro to an integrated gigabit network card.

Look, if you're having problems with game latency while downloading torrents, with FTP file downloads or uploads, and when streaming Internet radio, I think before anything else you should probably do yourself a favor and consider shutting those network-heavy applications off while gaming. It'll make your game play experience a whole lot smoother.

If you can't imagine pausing the Torrent swarm during your leisure time, uTorrent has a bandwidth-limiting feature built right in. As for Firefox, there's a free bandwidth-limiting plug-in that, as we demonstrated, will let your machine perform just as well as if you had paid money for the Killer Xeno Pro.

Indeed, there are other far more effective ways of spending $130 on your gaming experience. How about a nice gigabit-class wireless router with a QoS engine built in, which is also designed to prioritize gaming traffic? Not only does that give your games priority over the network, but it will offer the benefits of gigabit network performance and wireless draft-n as well. Or, aside from the network, imagine what a Radeon HD 4850 graphics card can do for you.

The difficult part for us here as hardware enthusiasts is that the Killer Zeno Pro has some very exciting specifications so I can't help but think it has a lot more potential. As we stated, it's essentially a Linux box with a 400 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM on a card. But impressive specifications and a laundry list of features don't necessarily translate into real-world performance boosts. Without the core ability to wow us with ultra-low network latencies compared to less expensive solutions (like a freeware Firefox plugin), configuring your torrent client, or simply turning off your downloads during your gaming session, the Killer Xeno Pro is a tough sell as a must-have gaming NIC.

  • tryceo
    I won one of these from wowhead.com, but i havent fitted it inside the case yet...

    IMO its a waste of money... I just keep my internet idle when im playing online.. plus you can get a better upgrade for your GPUs if you dont spend money on this...
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  • eddieroolz
    Wasn't there an article similar to this a while back, and everyone bashed it saying that it was pointless? (It was, but just saying)

    Doesn't seem like its still worth the premium yet.
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  • ColMirage
    Hah, I've been wondering about how bad of a scam this card was today.
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  • haplo602
    try a quality server NIC like an intel f.e. and you'll see better results for less money, the killer nic and derivates are just hyped nonsense
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  • IronRyan21
    eddieroolzWasn't there an article similar to this a while back, and everyone bashed it saying that it was pointless? (It was, but just saying)Doesn't seem like its still worth the premium yet.eddieroolzWasn't there an article similar to this a while back, and everyone bashed it saying that it was pointless? (It was, but just saying)Doesn't seem like its still worth the premium yet.
    When I saw the headline for the articles, I was thinking the same thing....Yes, they did an article before and yes this product is pointless. +1 eddieroolz
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  • tirzono
    Wow, I have bought this card and it even cured my AIDS!

    Thanks Killer Xeno Pro!
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  • tryceo
    yep... after about 1 minute of testing(removed 1 9800 GTX) The lagg is still there.

    If anyone wants mine tho... willing to sell it for $90. it just got opened..
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  • Neggers
    Some important testing is not done here which I would like to see.

    I live in Australia and I am a WoW player on the US servers, so a typical ping for me is 250-300 and 300-400 when raiding.

    Now when you guys are testing with a 60 ping a difference of 10% for you is going to be 6ms and not going to translate into anything noticeable.

    However for someone like me, if this card can improve my connection with the WoW servers by 10%, that could be upto 40 or 50 ms, which could be a huge difference.

    So I would like to see more testing done in Higher ping situations, prehaps if you guys tested connection to MMO server in korea or europe, so you were testing in a 300+ ping enviroment, and see if this effects the results.
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  • Ciuy
    And i was thinking spending 50$ on a PCI network card , now i wont ...
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  • cangelini
    NeggersSome important testing is not done here which I would like to see.I live in Australia and I am a WoW player on the US servers, so a typical ping for me is 250-300 and 300-400 when raiding.Now when you guys are testing with a 60 ping a difference of 10% for you is going to be 6ms and not going to translate into anything noticeable.However for someone like me, if this card can improve my connection with the WoW servers by 10%, that could be upto 40 or 50 ms, which could be a huge difference.So I would like to see more testing done in Higher ping situations, prehaps if you guys tested connection to MMO server in korea or europe, so you were testing in a 300+ ping enviroment, and see if this effects the results.
    I never understood why the AUS guys would play on mid-west servers. I knew some really nice raiders from Australia, but they'd lag everyone and either do lower DPS or be unable to tank as a result. Not their fault, but they had way more success playing on Oceanic servers when they eventually swapped over.
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