MSI Hints At Motherboard With Bigfoot Technology NIC Integration

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Well, this is sneaky. MSI has just revealed that they will be hosting a press event at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and the funny thing is they aren't telling what will be there. But they are telling who will be sharing the stage with them: Bigfoot Networks. That's the company responsible for creating the Killer NIC card, a dedicated gaming NIC that has been well received in the gaming arena. It has shown to reduce ping times and lag, and generally smooth out online gameplay. Killer has already integrated their NIC technology onto a GPU, but the obvious next step is to integrate it into mainboards.


MSI is a respected motherboard manufacturer, and while we aren't specifically told that a new mainboard with Bigfoot's technology will be embedded, this line gives us good reason to believe that's what on tap: "press can see for themselves the benefits a Killer 2100 gaming network card can offer as an upgrade to even an industry-leading motherboard."

Also, Michael Howse (the CEO of Bigfoot Networks) was quoted as saying the following: "We are pleased to be working with MSI. The Killer 2100 gaming network card is a perfect complement to the MSI Big Bang family of mainboard solutions that will give gamers a competitive edge in online play."

We'll have to wait and see what exactly will be revealed, but it's not too early to read between the lines. More mainboards with a focus on smoothing out online gameplay? We'll take it!

MSI Motherboards Blaze with Killer™ 2100 Performance In MSI Technology Showcase AT CES 2011

MSI to debut and demo next-generation platforms at Press Conference, immediately following CES Unveiled

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — December 27, 2010 — MSI Computer Corp., a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, will be holding a Press Conference and Technology Showcase event immediately following CES Unveiled on January 4th at Bellini 2006 in The Venetian.

During this conference, press can enjoy appetizers and refreshments while experiencing debut demonstrations of MSI’s next-generation notebooks, all-in-one PCs, motherboards and graphics cards, aimed at extending its award-winning streak and top quality product offerings.

Key gaming-focused attractions of this event include:
·         MSI representatives will present on new computing and PC gaming solutions
·         Bigfoot Networks executives will be on hand to offer their expertise on superior network performance
·         Press can see for themselves the benefits a Killer™ 2100 gaming network card can offer as an upgrade to even an industry-leading motherboar
 
MSI will also be giving away Bigfoot Networks Killer™ 2100 cards within its prize drawings at the annual MSI Master Overclocking Arena (MOA) Overclockers event, taking place on January 6th during CES.  Additionally, MSI and Bigfoot Networks will pursue a variety of joint marketing programs in 2011 with leading online and retail outlets.

“We are pleased to be working with MSI,” said Michael Howse, CEO of Bigfoot Networks.  “The Killer™ 2100 gaming network card is a perfect complement to the MSI Big Bang family of mainboard solutions that will give gamers a competitive edge in online play.”

Andy Tung, VP of MSI USA says “MSI mainboards with Military Class components provide a great backbone for any gaming system and the Killer™ 2100 network card is a way to improve performance and get one step ahead of the competition.”

For more information about MOA 2011, visit http://www.msi-moa.com/AM-2011/
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RMedley replied on Wed, Dec 29 2010 11:03 AM

This is interesting. I am wondering where Killer is putting there singular processor, and wondering if this will add to two things. The first of course is if there is an extra processor built in to the board what are the heat consequences. The second is a bus related question, which bus will the NIC run on or in, and being separate if this is so as it is in there stock units what bus does this impact (PCI/Serial/PCI-Express/etc). I have looked at the Killer NIC units for a couple of years now, sometimes I have been tempted to get one, but justifying the cost for an UBER NIC card has not as of yet won out over other things.

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