Items tagged with Killer

Colin Campbell over at Business Week interviews Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the wildly successful Gears of War. It's a worthwhile inside look at how game designers coordinate their efforts with their original vision to deliver a killer product on time. There are many games - some of them might even be good games - that have spent years in the development process, eating up resources, consuming margins, edging forward at rate of snails. Epic recognized that there would be a window of opportunity for a shooting game, reasonably early in the life-cycle of Xbox 360. Making the game truly... Read more...
BigFoot Networks, the makers of the Killer Network Interface Card, have launched a new, more affordable version of the product.  The first Killer NIC, aka the M1, sells for roughly $250. It is equipped with a 400MHz network processing unit, a large "K" heatsink, 64MB of DDR RAM, and a USB 2.0 port for connecting an external flash or hard drive.  The drive is used to store files or FNApps which can be executed on the Killer.  Our complete review of the original Killer NIC can be found here if you'd like some more in-depth analysis. The new Killer K1 NIC is similar to... Read more...
The gang over at PC Perspective have taken a look at Bigfoot Networks new Killer NIC ethernet card to see if it is worth the hefty $250 price of admission. Although the Killer NIC showcased some impression performance gains on an Intel 975X platform, the performance gains seen on an old nForce2 platform were the largest and easily most surprising. Now the real question is, would your $250 upgrade for an AthlonXP platform be best spent on the CPU, memory, GPU, or on a Killer NIC ethernet card? It is obvious that the Killer NIC is not for everyone, but the potential for the card is actually... Read more...
Mark Cuban's kind of an interesting jerk. Let's give him his props: the man can do real world arithmetic. And he did some to test the viability of a business model that Microsoft and/or Google could use to make the the iTunes business model as dead as disco: There has been speculation that Google is offering 100mm dollar or more licensing opportunities to TV Networks. Thats 100mm in cash for SEGMENTS of shows. Not full shows. Not full movies. Clips. There has also been speculation that GOogle offered stock in exchange for licenses at the time of the Youtube transaction. If true, and I believe... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted a review of Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC here at HotHardware.com. We explore framerate performance and ping times and discuss the underlying hardware and technology employed on the Killer. Here's a snip from the piece: "By now, we're all familiar with Creative Labs' Audigy and X-Fi audio processors. A startup known as AISeek is working on an Artificial Intelligence accelerator for the PC. Ageia's PhysX processor is already on store shelves, and the product we'll be looking at today, the Killer NIC,... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk within the industry of consolidation as of late. AMD's acquisition of ATI has been a hot topic ever since it was announced.  And that acquisition has spurred rumors of an unlikely merger between Intel and NVIDIA. Both AMD and Intel have talked about integrating a GPU on to the CPU in one form or another, Seagate bought Maxtor, Asus and Gigabyte entered into a strategic partnership, and the list goes on and on. Despite all the talk about consolidation, however, there are still quite a few companies that are pushing for more dedicated co-processing processing... Read more...
The gang at IGN have been chatting with the folks at Bigfoot Networks regarding the company's new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In essence, this new NIC offloads all the networking tasks from the CPU and OS and handles it onboard with its own 400MHz NPU (Network Processing Unit) and 64MB of RAM. As one might suspect from the hefty price tag, there are a multitude of features and functionality which are tailored around online gaming. Unfortunately, all performance benchmarks and claims thus far are coming straight from Bigfoot Networks. Should the results we witness when... Read more...
HardOCP has sat down with the company Bigfoot to analyze the new $279 Killer gaming NIC. In short, the card is a 10/100/1000 PCI network card that is equipped with a 400MHz onboard processor and a USB 2.0 port. Here, the company is touting significantly lower ping times and higher overall system performance. Then again, when one compares the $279 price tag to the $0 price penalty found with onboard gigabit NIC's we should be seeing some healthy gains somewhere. Although this article is merely a preview of sorts, you can expect the gang here at Hot Hardware will run the Killer... Read more...
HardOCP has just published an editorial which illustrates the need AGEIA's PhysX hardware has for a killer application. As we referenced in our PhysX launch coverage, we agree with Kyle's perspective that the game developers are the key to this new hardware. Although technology demos are fun to watch and toy around with, at the end of the day we need some great games to ever justify spending $250 or more on a discrete physics card.Forgetting all the important business components like install base, distribution, technical support, game publisher and developer partnerships.....the list goes on and... Read more...
Today Adrian's Rojak Pot reports about a little known feature in Windows XP, the Task Killer app. It goes a bit further than the "standard ctrl+alt+del", then "End Process" routine, and allows you to create batch files to get the job done. "Unknown to most users, there is a task killer lurking in Windows XP. Join us on this mini-guide as Dashken tells you all about this hidden killer and why it can be a very powerful tool for those who know its secrets!"... Read more...
VoodooPC's President and CTO Rahul Sood has made some very interesting comments in one of his latest blog entries. After illustrating the impact the iPod has made upon Apple's own products and the Consumer Electronics industry in general, he wraps up with some very intriguing comments that seem to indicate a new product coming from VoodooPC to combat the iPod. I'm not sure how this unknown new product would fare, though consumers have to love companies willing to do battle with the multimedia Goliath from Apple.Companies need to start focusing on the big blue ocean. Apple took an existing product... Read more...
Well folks, it's time for me to do my first all game info news post. Over time, I assure you it will get better... I may possibly add a small graphic banner to distinguish it from the normal news posts, and maybe a few other things. But for now, I'll just post what interesting bits I've found. If you have any suggestions on what you think would make it better, make sure to send me an E-Mail! Square Enix working on 'new brand concept' "Called "Code Age", whatever it is, Square Enix considers it a "new concept brand" and doesn't specify any platforms or specific games, leading... Read more...
Good eveing all!  We've got some interesting tid-bids this evening from several sites that are sure to get some attention.  Let's jump right into the game and see what is going on! Plextor Introduces First PC-Based Personal Video Recorder with MPEG-4 and DivX Hardware Compression Users Can Pause Live TV and Record Favorite Shows on Personal Computers; DivX Format Offers Nearly 300% More Compression than MPEG-2 FREMONT, Calif. - September 13, 2004 - Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the new ConvertX PVR model... Read more...
Happy Friday everyone.  We;re closing out another busy week at HH, although we'll still be plugging away on hardware all weekend long.  We've had a busy one this week so make sure you didn't miss anything!  It looks like we're not the only ones cranking out content for you.  My mail box was loaded with word of the latest reviews around the web.  So I got everything all lined up and ready to go.  Put a little extra in your cup this morning, there's a lot going on!  Here you go... HIS Excalibur X800 Pro IceQ II @ Viper Lair: "This card is fast, very fast. With... Read more...
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