Bigfoot Networks And Asus Team Up On Killer E2100-Based Mainboard

Bigfoot Networks And Asus Team Up On Killer E2100-Based Mainboard

Bigfoot Networks may have found their niche and their big break all at once, and they aren't even introducing a new product at CES. The secret? Partnerships. A few months ago, the company managed to get their Killer E2100 gaming network interface card integrated into a shipping GPU. The card manages bandwidth and has been shown to help online gamers have a smoother experience regardless of their connection. But the thing is, hardly anyone wants to buy a dedicated NIC.

But if you integrate that NIC technology into a product that someone was already considering? Gold mine. At CES this week, Bigfoot Networks introduced a partnership with Asus, which means that Asus will soon ship a ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard with Bigfoot's E2100 NIC technology integrated right into the board. The Killer E2100 will be integrated with an audio card (the whole bundle is called ThunderBolt), and the same Game Networking DNA and software that's found on the dedicated NIC will also be found here.

Asus isn't commenting on a price or release date, but we doubt they'll hold out on us much longer.

Killer™ Technology Delivers Explosive Network Speed For ROG Rampage III Black Edition Motherboard

ASUS Reveals New Motherboard at 2011 CES Leveraging Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform

CES, LAS VEGAS, NV. – January 7, 2011 – Bigfoot Networks, the technology company behind the Killer™ line of gaming network cards, today announced that ASUS has embedded Killer™ E2100 networking on a combined LAN and audio card called ThunderBolt featured on the upcoming Rampage III Black Edition motherboard.

The ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition was designed with feedback gathered from the PC gaming community. Powered by Bigfoot Networks’ new Killer™ E2100 networking platform and a host of other gaming-centric features, the ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard combines innovative design and technical intelligence to make the PC gaming experience more rewarding and accessible.

Based on the award-winning Killer™ 2100 gaming network card, the Killer™ E2100 platform uses a dedicated network processing unit and Bigfoot Networks’ exclusive Game Networking DNA™ software to classify and accelerate online game traffic to deliver maximum networking performance for online games.

 “Our Killer™ E2100 embedded networking platform delivers a formidable combination of performance, intelligence and control for online gamers,” said Bigfoot Networks CEO Michael Howse. “We are pleased to support ASUS and the Republic of Gamers (ROG) to offer a winning solution for the latest, most demanding generation of online PC games.”

More product details, including pricing and availability, will be announced in early 2011. ASUS will preview the ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard at CES from 9:30am-6:00pm January 6 - 8, 2011 at The Venetian, San Polo Ballroom, booth 3501A. To discuss the Killer™ E2100 platform with Bigfoot Networks executives during CES, please email bigfootnetworks@lewispr.com.

About Bigfoot Networks

Bigfoot Networks is a leading networking technology company that develops hardware and software solutions that significantly improve the online gaming experience. Its products are designed to provide maximum network performance for online gaming and other real time applications. To learn more, visit Bigfoot Networks at http://www.bigfootnetworks.com.
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This seems to be a great combination sure would like to see this in the test lab at Hot Hardware! You guys can pull this off!

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Ray:

"Asus will soon ship a ROG Rampage III Black Edition motherboard with Bigfoot's E2100 NIC technology integrated right into the board"

It's actually not integrated to the motherboard, The "ThunderBolt", is actually an Add-On PCI express card That has the Bigfoot's E2100 NIC + Asus Xonar Sound card integrated together. This is the direct competition the Gigabyte G1 Killer Series of Motherboard, the difference is that , on Gigabytes board , the NIC card is integrated

Here's the Actual ROG Rampage III Black Edition:

HQ: http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/3153/prasusrogrampage3blacke.jpg

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