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rudedog
03-24-09, 07:47 AM
Based off of Bigfoot tech (Killer Nic) around April.

released date: April
- PCI-E 1x form factor but can be used in a PCI slot if you don't have the PCI-E slot
- EVGA is claiming 10-20% increase in FPS (I bet they are using a single core CPU for this
- Test and you would see max 10%)
- Decreases latency by about 6ms
- USB 2.0 for downloading wares from bittorrent while playing games
- Headphone and mic jacks for optimizing VOIP services like team speak
- Cost $130

I still say any separate dedicated NIC (cheap) would do the same (minus USB/VOIP) in relation to the onboard nic which will eat CPU cycles just like onboard sound in a single CPU based system.) In the old days (P3 days), you would saturate the CPU with Gigabit Ethernet and thus a dedicated (processor+memory) NIC was required. Now a days, any P4 or multi core CPU should be able to handle this, however unloading anything from "on-board" would help.

I may pick one up and do some side by side tests with a cheap ($20 10/100/1000) NIC when they are released this April.

updated: EVGA video here (http://www.evga.com/videos/killerxeno.asp)

LordJuanlo
03-24-09, 08:10 AM
I'll check out reviews with modern quad-core machines, I doubt it will make a difference on a very high end rig, but you never know...

Tr1cK
03-24-09, 08:27 AM
I haven't used onboard in many years.

Feyy
03-24-09, 08:29 AM
Useless really.

Buio
03-24-09, 08:32 AM
In Toms test the older Killer NIC had great ping times compared to a onboard NIC. And that was with a really powerful CPU (at that time).
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/killer-m1-nic,review-1083-4.html

To be honest people who play online a lot should get better NIC than the crappy onboard ones (especially Realtek). But there are other options than Killer NIC (which is pricy). A fairly cheap standalone Intel NIC is often enough to get a improvement in ping times and much better drivers.

six_storm
03-24-09, 09:02 AM
http://year2.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/facepalm.jpg

What a stupid idea IMO.

v3rninater
03-24-09, 09:54 AM
Eh I liked it....OH HEY THERE JAKUP!!! lol

rudedog
03-24-09, 10:32 AM
In Toms test the older Killer NIC had great ping times compared to a onboard NIC.

yeah, I left a comment saying they should have tested the Killer NIC / cheap add on NIC / on board NIC.

It's more like comparing on board video to an 260GTX add in card.

BioHazZarD
03-24-09, 11:30 AM
Didnt the first one flopped harder then the physx card?

Quick420
03-24-09, 11:31 AM
Would moving from my on-board nic (asus p5n-d) to say an 3C905B-TX fast etherlink be an improvement? The chip says Parallel Tasking II on it.I'm having some connection interupts during my COD sessions,and would it remove some cpu cycles or just move them to the new nic?:)

jAkUp
03-24-09, 12:55 PM
The Windows network stack is just not designed for gaming, it is better at large file transfers.

The card bypasses the windows network stack, and optimizes it for gaming. (smaller packet transfers)

PeterJensen
03-24-09, 12:57 PM
what a useless card....

PeterJensen
03-24-09, 12:58 PM
The Windows network stack is just not designed for gaming, it is better at large file transfers.

The card bypasses the windows network stack, and optimizes it for gaming. (smaller packet transfers)

I would like to se a test compared to my onboard netcard. The stuff you just wrote makes NO sence at ALL

PeterJensen
03-24-09, 12:59 PM
http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=2865&p=8

Get the dlink card.....

PeterJensen
03-24-09, 01:02 PM
This is as useful as something that makes guys quicker during sex.

As for people talking about this being enterprise storage technology. They use fiber for that with expensive fiber switches not Ethernet and not something you'd be able to afford at home.

What's the point of reviewing something like this. In the first part of the review they say "the internet is variable". That's your key right there. There's no point in speeding up your connection to your cable/dsl modem when everything else from here to whatever is unknown. 300 bucks on a card like this and connecting it to your typical linksys router with the new VxWorks firmware with limited number of NAT connections it's about as dumb putting huge spoilers on a ****ty car.

uhmm

jAkUp
03-24-09, 01:13 PM
I would like to se a test compared to my onboard netcard. The stuff you just wrote makes NO sence at ALL

Here you go, there are plenty of comparisons.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=379

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/killer-m1-nic,review-1083-4.html

nekrosoft13
03-24-09, 01:14 PM
good intel NIC does the same, and doesn't cost that much.

Roliath
03-24-09, 01:52 PM
The Windows network stack is just not designed for gaming, it is better at large file transfers.

The card bypasses the windows network stack, and optimizes it for gaming. (smaller packet transfers)

I'm sure this can be optimized in the current NIC's management utility, Intel PRO/1000 GT comes to mind.

However I'm interested to see how this will handle mic/sound over voip services.

btw, you need to update the pic in your sig.

Tr1cK
03-24-09, 02:05 PM
I've used a D-Link DGE-560t (http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=406) ever since my first PCI-E 1x slot that I didn't know what to do with.

walterman
03-24-09, 02:12 PM
Does the card speed up the big gigabit network transfers (keeping a low cpu usage too) ?

Quick420
03-24-09, 05:10 PM
I've used a D-Link DGE-560t (http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=406) ever since my first PCI-E 1x slot that I didn't know what to do with.

I realised that I cant use my remaining pci slot,Sli took care of that.But my board has 2 Pci-e 1x slots.Imma look into that nic you pointed out;).....as well as others:p

Buio
03-24-09, 06:27 PM
It will be interesting to see what this new card can do. It is still expensive (more than double that of a non-server Intel NIC). But at least it's cheaper now than the previous version and have more features.

ChaoticNick
03-24-09, 06:46 PM
Whatever it does, I doubt it needs to cost $100+, or even $50+

Buio
03-24-09, 07:53 PM
Afaik it is a processor running a Linux kernel that can accept applications in the RAM memory on the card. Which allows it to run a Firewall and stuff like that on hardware level. That makes it a bit more complex than a normal NIC.

Logical
03-24-09, 10:49 PM
Hmmm i wonder if this will solve the issue EVGA X58 mobos have with cod4 punkbuster?

When i first enter a cod4 server i get fps spikes every 3 seconds which causes it to stutter this only lasts for around 1-2 minutes untill the punkbuster 'heartbeats' stop and then everything is smooth as silk again. My ping stays stable at around 25ms during this process but my fps is affected....could the pb heartbeats be putting stress onto the 1 core of my core i7 causing it to do this? after all the pnkbstra and pnkbstrb services are activated remotley from the pb master servers and have to go through the onboard ethernet causng extra cpu stress for that core....might sound daft for a core I7 to do this but punkbuster uses a lower level API that not many progs use at all.....

just a thought lol perhaps im talking crap :D