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Airbrushkid
12-12-09, 12:49 PM
I'm talking about EVGA Killer Xeno Pro.

http://www.evga.com/PRODUCTS/IMAGES/GALLERY/128-P2-KN02-TR_XL_1.jpg

logan
12-12-09, 01:26 PM
Sounds like a scam to me. Fancy words and pretty packaging to sell a network card. Gigabit ethernet is gigabit ethernet, "Gamer-grade" is gibberish to me. If you're throwing this in a system that's connected to some random 100Mbit router and then out to the internet, you've instantly lost any magical bonuses inherent to this card. Are some network cards better than others? Sure. Is this better than an Intel network adapter? I doubt it. I'd be more concerned about drivers than anything else. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but this is just my first impression.

Redeemed
12-12-09, 01:35 PM
I agree. And honestly, most integrated NICs are more than sufficient. :)

bob saget
12-12-09, 02:28 PM
I'd save your money.

betterdan
12-12-09, 03:26 PM
It reminds of Rosie Odonnel trying to pass herself off as a woman but we all know better.

bob saget
12-12-09, 03:44 PM
It reminds of Rosie Odonnel trying to pass herself off as a woman but we all know better.

Some of us had to find out the hard way :wtf:

betterdan
12-12-09, 05:56 PM
:lol2:
Sorry Bob, you should of asked me before you did the deed.

Lyme
12-12-09, 06:13 PM
It is no scam, they have been reviewed, and work pretty much as they say it does. However, most of us would never notice the difference.

That card simply takes all the networking parts that we expect to be in hardware and puts them in hardware, which frees up cpu cycles and improves everything that you would expect from having a dedicated piece of hardware manage your networking. Depending on your processor and motherboard, it generally equates to a 1%-5% improvement in networking.

Airbrushkid
12-12-09, 11:32 PM
Thank you guys. I'll won't buy.

logan
12-13-09, 12:48 AM
I'm not sure if Lyme had any specific reviews in mind, but I found some on google - Hot Hardware (http://hothardware.com/Articles/EVGA-Bigfoot-Networks-Killer-Xeno-Pro-Review/), Hardware Secrets (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/777), and Toms (http://www.tomshardware.com/news/EVGA-Network-Card,7360.html). They all say "bypass windows network stack", which (at a glance) must mean special drivers. I'm guessing that OS support is extremely limited here because of it, probably no Mac/Linux, and you could be exposed to problems not typically seen in a tried and true system like the "windows network stack". :P How long has Microsoft been refining that to ensure maximum throughput and compatibility? Of course there's also the onboard processor that'll handle everything network instead of handing it off to the OS/CPU. So I can see how it could maybe get you an extra FPS or two if the system is able to use more on the game.

I don't know... I guess I'd rather pick up a $30 Intel 10/100/1000 nic and put the remainder toward a few games or a 1TB hard drive. :P

Absolution
12-13-09, 02:46 AM
For even the pro-gammer this isn't really worth it imo. . .

However, I've always wondered how this would perform in a server based environment.
Does anyone have a link to a review that would benchmark it in such a way?

CaptNKILL
12-13-09, 02:46 AM
It is no scam, they have been reviewed, and work pretty much as they say it does. However, most of us would never notice the difference.

That card simply takes all the networking parts that we expect to be in hardware and puts them in hardware, which frees up cpu cycles and improves everything that you would expect from having a dedicated piece of hardware manage your networking. Depending on your processor and motherboard, it generally equates to a 1%-5% improvement in networking.

Heh, its funny how saying "CPU cycles" makes it sound much more significant than it is. :lol:

Lyme
12-13-09, 03:41 AM
Heh, its funny how saying "CPU cycles" makes it sound much more significant than it is. :lol:

Really? Maybe 15-20 years ago, but processors do what.. a couple billion effective cycles a second, a few here and there can't be all that important.

CaptNKILL
12-13-09, 04:00 AM
Really? Maybe 15-20 years ago, but processors do what.. a couple billion effective cycles a second, a few here and there can't be all that important.

That's what I'm saying.

When you think of it as a cycle, it seems significant, even though it only occupies a fraction of a nano second in time. :p

XDanger
12-20-09, 05:08 PM
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2347482,00.asp

wysiwyg
12-21-09, 06:36 AM
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2347482,00.asp

Price: $129.99 (MSRP) (Check Price)
Pros: Bandwidth control and network prioritization, ability to run apps (including limited VOIP apps) on the card.
Cons: Doesn't make enough of a difference in real gameplay, VOIP apps is too limited, costs $130 to replace hardware you already have.
Summary: It's hard to justify spending $130 on a network card when it doesn't provide a "night and day" difference over the one you already have, and the Killer Xeno Pro does not.