Bigfoot Networks And PowerColor Create GPU/NIC Combo Card

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News Posted: Fri, May 28 2010 4:42 PM
To date, Bigfoot Networks has remained mostly a niche company. Only hardcore gamers know about them, and even fewer are willing to pay north of $100 for a high-end NIC card. Bigfoot Networks has had a relatively simple product line over the years: a high-end network card here, and a revamped high-end network card there. You get the drift, we're sure.

But now the company is trying to break out in a big way, with a new partnership shedding light on how the company may eventually find themselves involved in other areas. Just as the CPU/GPU were able to overlap in time, Bigfoot Networks is looking beyond the Killer line of network cards by teaming with TUL Corporation, a leading manufacturer of ATI graphics cards under the PowerColor brand. The companies will be jointly introducing a new Gaming Combo Card at Computex, which is said to combine "best of breed" PC graphics and networking for online gaming."


The card at the show will only be a prototype, but it has potential for gamers interested in raising their frame rates and lowering their ping times, which is just about all of them. The Gaming Combo Card is the world's first single card, PCI Express solution combining Bigfoot Networks' Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card technology and ATI Radeon HD 5000 graphics family technology. Aside from great visual performance and DirectX 11 support, there's also the card's ability to classify "network traffic and separates game data for priority treatment, while reducing freezing, stuttering and other symptoms of lag."

Obviously, no mention of price has been announced yet, as this is still very early-on in design.
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rapid1 replied on Sun, May 30 2010 4:27 PM

This seems kind of ridiculous to me. I don't have any exact thermals etc, but it would seem to me that throwing in a NIC which also runs it's own OS like the Killer units do would add restrictively to the heat output, not to mention the options available (AUTO OC etc) in many GPU's today.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, May 30 2010 5:42 PM

I don't know. I think this works because they got a fan cooler to cool down the NPU but I'd like it if they would of announced a version for motherboards, because that's what the gamers primarily use.

 

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Marco C replied on Sun, May 30 2010 6:35 PM

Heat wouldn't be an issue at all. The latest rev of the Killer NIC doesn't even require a heatsink.

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Chainzsaw replied on Mon, May 31 2010 10:21 AM

Wow interesting concept.

Are we going to be seeing a new "All-In-Wonder" card soon with VIVO + Sound + Lan? That would be pretty sweet.

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Chainzsaw:

Wow interesting concept.

Are we going to be seeing a new "All-In-Wonder" card soon with VIVO + Sound + Lan? That would be pretty sweet.

That's what worries me. I used to like the All-In-Wonder cards, but I have had the same TV Tuner for years, while graphics cards are upgraded much more often. Would be the same deal with network cards. You upgrade a graphics cards way more often that a network card.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Jun 4 2010 1:02 PM

Marco C:

Heat wouldn't be an issue at all. The latest rev of the Killer NIC doesn't even require a heatsink.

That's good news, now all we need is a motherboard manufacture to put the Killer NIC on the motherboard and the rest as they say is history.

 

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I feel like something would get bogged down, as in too much different types of info flowing to and from the card.  Or have I underestimated PCI-E.

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