Bigfoot Networks Return With "World's Fastest Network Card"

Bigfoot Networks Return With "World's Fastest Network Card"

Bigfoot Networks hasn't introduced a new product in years, at least on the consumer-facing front. The company came into the CE realm with a bang a few years back claiming that their wild new NIC card could actually lower ping times and improve your responsiveness in online gaming. Those claims have been debated ever since, but either way, the company is today giving the gaming world another chance to buy in.

The company's newest product is the Killer 2100, a next generation gaming network card for desktop PCs. According to Bigfoot Networks this card "combines elements of speed, intelligence and control demanded by gamers with major throughput and latency enhancements and an innovative and easy-to-use software interface."


At the core of the card is the company's Game Networking DNA technology, comprised of a dedicated network processor (NPU) Advanced Game Detect, Windows stack bypass, Visual Bandwidth Control and "other optimizations." Game Networking DNA accelerates latency-sensitive game traffic while reducing stuttering, freezing and other symptoms of lag, giving online gamers a competitive edge.

Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks, calls the Killer 2100 "the fastest network card available for online games, period." The Killer 2100 is a plug-and-play card, offering desktop users the ability to swap cards with minimal effort. The Online Gaming PC Monitor feature gives players at-a-glance graphical displays and detailed logging so that they can track performance statistics such as CPU usage, memory usage and frame rate along with networking activity. The card will launch soon in the U.S., Europe and Asia for around $100 or so.
Killer 2100 specifications include:

    - 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    - PCIe interface (x1 form factor)
    - 400 MHz dedicated network processor
    - 128 MB DDR2 RAM
    - Performance-inspired housing
    - Advanced Game Detect
    - Visual Bandwidth Control
    - Online Gaming PC Monitor
    - Windows network stack bypass
    - Optimized for use with voice chat applications
    - Support for Win7, Vista & XP 32
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That is sweet but there's still the same issue from when this was first announced. Will it be fast enough to make us ditch our onboard NIC's?

I'm asking this because many motherboards out there today (even gaming motherboards) have onboard NIC's. I feel like I have to tear my onboard NIC out just so I can replace it with one of those worlds fastest network cards.

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Taylor when your computer boots hit delete go to on board components in BIOS and disable on board network interface card. Turn PC off, remove power cord, open case, make sure you touch the metal in the case to ground yourself, plug your off board NIC into whatever port it requires, close PC, put power plug back in, turn on PC, install software if any is needed (windows will prompt you). Seems pretty simple to me. I imagine it would take me 3 minutes (time results may vary depending upon experience)!

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Somewhere out there there is a guy with a aging gaming PC that has it's PCI ports taken up by Physx and Killer network cards that he dropped hundreds on. I don't envy that guy.

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rapid1:

Taylor when your computer boots hit delete go to on board components in BIOS and disable on board network interface card. Turn PC off, remove power cord, open case, make sure you touch the metal in the case to ground yourself, plug your off board NIC into whatever port it requires, close PC, put power plug back in, turn on PC, install software if any is needed (windows will prompt you). Seems pretty simple to me. I imagine it would take me 3 minutes (time results may vary depending upon experience)!

Nice, but what about the dual NIC's on the high end motherboards? It would work if I had a single NIC on my motherboard.

 

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Would work fine Taylor.

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This is one of those situations where I didn't realize I had a 'problem' with the performance I'm getting with my present equipment. There just isn't any network lag obvious to the naked eye over here. You could probably measure it with a 'Gnat's-Ass' gauge, but it's not noticeable otherwise.

I can't see gumming up my PCI-E bandwidth with this NIC for barely measurable performance improvements when I have a completely acceptable one already built-into all of my motherboards.

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