Now this is the definition of convergence! A graphics card, and a network card, all wrapped up in one nice, neat package. The package is being co-delivered by Bigfoot
Networks (providing the NIC) and VisionTek (providing the GPU
). The end result is the VisionTek Killer HD 5770, which is a PCIe x16 card that only takes one slot in your motherboard, but provides a wealth of functionality.
Bigfoot has been widely known in the hardcore gaming sector, as they have produced a number of dedicated network cards up to this point. Their cards are known for steadying jitter and generally providing a better, smoother gaming experience compared to onboard NICs. Their network cards have their own memory and CPU, which offloads a great deal of the bandwidth smoothing from the system's main CPU. Now, you can get that added bonus in addition to a new GPU, if you just so happen to be in the market for an AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series card.
The stacked card has an AMD
Radeon HD 5770 GPU with 1GB of memory on it, and it's saddled with a Killer 2100 NIC that has its own 400MHz CPU. The NIC will ship with Bigfoot's bandwidth management software too, and there's obviously one Gigabit Ethernet port on the back for making that connection. Other ports include two DVI outputs and a single HDMI output. The card will go on sale this month for $199.99, and we're pretty excited to see what kind of gaming (and networking!) results will come from it.
VISIONTEK LAUNCHES WORLD’s FIRST ONLINE GAMING UPGRADE CARD FOR PCs
VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 Combines Graphics and Networking to Supercharge Your PC
INVERNESS, IL. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — December 1, 2010 —VisionTek Products and Bigfoot Networks today announced the launch of the VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770, the world’s first single-card, PCI Express solution combining Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 game networking technology and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 graphics family technology to supercharge mainstream PCs for online gaming.
The Killer™ HD 5770 is a one-card, one-slot solution that combines leading-edge graphics and networking to give consumers explosive HD gaming performance for today’s hottest online titles. The Killer™ HD 5770 card uses the AMD Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics processing unit (GPU) to deliver Microsoft® DirectX® 11 support, multimonitor setup and 7.1 audio via HDMI output. The Killer™ HD 5770 card also uses the Killer™ E2100 platform to deliver blazing-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking optimized for online gameplay. The Killer™ E2100 platform is a new, embedded version of the award-winning Killer™ 2100 gaming network card developed by Bigfoot Networks.
Benefits of the VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 card include:
· Multiple Displays – Immersive gaming with multidisplay capabilities
· Game Networking Performance – Whether you’re playing MMOs or first-person shooters, the Killer™ E2100 platform delivers fast networking with a new level of online gaming performance and a competitive edge
· Intelligence – The Killer™ E2100 platform identifies and accelerates traffic to your game with Advanced Game Detect™ for unmatched online gaming performance
· Maximum Control – See which applications are hogging PC bandwidth. Set limits using Visual Bandwidth Control™ or shut them down completely with Application Blocking, so they don’t interfere with online games
· Visibility – Monitor and manage gaming rig health and performance with at-a-glance Online Gaming PC Monitor™
“The VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 card is the only upgrade card specifically designed to combine high-quality graphics and low-latency networking for gaming,” said Michael Innes, COO & EVP of VisionTek Products, LLC. “We are pleased to offer our customers unrivaled online gaming performance with the unprecedented convenience of a single plug-and-play card.”
"With the Killer™ HD 5770, players with mainstream PCs can turbocharge their systems at a fraction of the cost of a new PC," said Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks. “Bigfoot Networks pursues strategic initiatives with companies like VisionTek because of its shared commitment to offering unique, intelligent products to demanding gamers.”
“VisionTek has been a strategic partner for nearly 10 years and brings extremely innovative AMD design concepts to the North American market,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s GPU Division. “We rely on our leading partners to expand on our technology reach. VisionTek once again delivers on that directive with its new Killer™ HD 5770 launch.”
The VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 gaming graphics and network card will be available in early December through North American online and retail channels at an MSRP of $199.99 USD. Visit http://www.visiontek.com to learn more.