Alienware Desktops Now Shipping With Optional Killer 2100 NIC

Alienware Desktops Now Shipping With Optional Killer 2100 NIC

Bigfoot Networks has made a name for themselves in a very unique and rare market. There are only a finite number of hardcore gamers willing to pay extra for something like a souped up NIC card, but obviously more than a few are handing over their cash in order to have their ping times lowered. Any true gamer knows that ping times are the difference between survival and death, and the Killer 2100 network card has seen some rather positive reviews explaining that it actually does have reduce network ups and downs in order to keep pings and gameplay smoother.

But again, it's tough to convince gamers with NICs already in their system to go out and buy another NIC. But what about people who are looking for a new system altogether. That's definitely the ticket, and that's the market that Bigfoot Networks is now trying to crack thanks to a new deal with Alienware. The company's Killer 2100 NIC is now available as an option on a number of Alienware desktop PCs, including the Alienware Aurora, Aurora ALX, Area-51 and Area-51 ALX.

The card itself costs $89.99 retail, but we're sure it'll be offered for less as it becomes bundled with more and more machines. The question now: will you pay for an upgrade in your next gaming rig...for a fancy network card?

Bigfoot Networks KillerTM 2100 Ships in Alienware Gaming Computers

World's Best QUAKE LIVETM Players to Experience KillerTM 2100 Performance at QuakeCon 2010

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - August 12, 2010) -  Bigfoot Networks, the networking company behind the Killer™ line of gaming network cards, today announced that Dell is now selling the award winning Killer™ 2100 in its latest Alienware desktop computers (NASDAQ: DELL). Dell's Alienware gaming brand delivers peak performance for PC gaming enthusiasts with maximum performance, aggressive designs and unmatched customization and personalization. Killer™ 2100 improves networking speed, intelligence and control, enabling online game players to achieve quicker response times, better in-game performance and higher scores. This combination of technologies results in the ultimate online gaming advantage.

"Online gamers demand exceptional network performance," said Frank Azor, Product Planning Manager at Alienware. "The combination of Alienware PCs and the Bigfoot Networks Killer™ 2100 gaming network card represents a lethal combination -- maximizing performance for more frags, faster leveling and higher scores."

"Your PC's ability to efficiently handle network traffic is critical for maximum gaming responsiveness," said Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks. "With Killer™ 2100, users can be confident they have the fastest network card available for online gaming. With Killer™ 2100 in Alienware gaming PCs, gamers can truly create an exceptional online gaming system."

Killer™ 2100 gaming network cards are configurable in Dell's Alienware line of desktop PCs now available at www.Alienware.com including the Alienware Aurora, Aurora ALX, Area-51 and Area-51 ALX desktops. Killer™ 2100 is also available as a direct purchase upgrade from Dell.com. For more details on Bigfoot Networks Killer™ 2100 gaming network card, please visit http://www.bigfootnetworks.com/killer-2100/.

Come experience Bigfoot Networks Killer™ 2100 gaming network cards in action inside the latest Alienware desktop PCs during the QUAKE LIVE™ tournaments at QuakeCon® 2010, August 12-15 at the Hotel Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Alienware PCs and Killer™ 2100 cards will be at the center of the three pro and amateur tournaments, where players will vie for more than $50,000 in prize money -- including the Intel® Masters Championship, the Capture the Flag (CTF) Tournament and the Open Tournament.
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I have watched Killer for since there introduction now, and must say as an add on for this type of system they will do well I imagine. The top thing is that while an enthusiast in many cases will build there own system. There is a new level between an enthusiast, and a general user it seems.

More of the general public is now more knowledgeable themselves or has friends family members they can ask directly. So that level of a user as well as those who don't want to build and support a system, but want a nice system will take the Alienware option.

An 80 dollar add on is much better than a 150-200 dollar one (Killer's options before the 2100), especially even for stated network connectivity improvements. The big kicker here for me now though is that as the general public becomes more and more generally networked at home (house (light, AC, Heat), alarm system, monitoring camera's, smart phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, netbook on a router and broadband connection), besides gaming a dedicated and capable NIC becomes a definite priority.

I have even been thinking of grabbing a couple 2100's myself for mine and Sarah's desktops in our house. When I can afford a pair of them for what a single one used to cost with the same basic and added functionality these components now make better sense to me as well.

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This will degrade video bandwidth by half, possibly affecting performance on any Lynnfield based systems in use today. Adding any extra card to the PCI-E bus besides the video card causes it to divide the bandwidth 50%-50% between both cards.

On other systems, this could be a good thing.

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I get ya realneil I don't run an X55 chipset system. My desktop is an X58 (I7 930) and Sarah's is a AMD AM2+/3 (PhenomII BE 965)so it would work fine. The reason I am thinking about it is for the added wired/wireless home network performance. If I can incorporate house controls (IE: Alarm, AC, cell/smart phone, IM etc) it is an interesting concept. This is also not to mention things like if I have an internet ready or capable HD TV (Waiting for black friday this year to get one), I can do DVR things etc with an HTPC unit I could build from components I have sitting around (Most likely an old X2 CPU MB (939/940), and an ATI X1650 GPU.

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