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imo no, but if your a pure gamer and go 2 lans then i say a extreme NIC might help your ping by a bit but nothing major..

Ya you might get the all important 1 ms ping drop. rolleyes.gif
    
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well my onboard NIC actually went out and i'd have to reinstall drivers everytime i wanted to get it working so I sprung for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=killer%20nic. It's nice because windows doesn't automatically install drivers for it so you can use the ones right off the CD instead.

Now for the important part, did I notice a latency reduction? Yes. In particular I noticed around an average of 40ms drop (120ms to 80 ms) in World of Warcraft, which was the game I played the most at the time. On better times I'd achieve 60ms. It does have great ability to throttle background bandwidth users and the ability to prioritize whatever programs you do have. There are other games where I didn't notice an decrease in latency but that's probably because I forgot to change them to priority 1 up from default 3.

Was it worth 90$? No. You're better off buying a SSD or something else but if you really have the need then yea I'd recommend it. I used my college textbook sell back money to buy it so I do enjoy that I have it now and can easily transfer it any future PC's.
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No, and open up a CMD and do "Tracert Google.com". You'll see that your networks are at less than 5ms or even >1ms, so does not affect the lag in gaming.
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No, and open up a CMD and do "Tracert Google.com". You'll see that your networks are at less than 5ms or even >1ms, so does not affect the lag in gaming.
Actually, he pinging his game server would provide more indictive data. Google has data centers across the US to distribute load and lower latency.

Besides, a NIC will not help with Internet latency anyways. However, it may help if you have lots of intranet workloads.
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Actually, he pinging his game server would provide more indictive data. Google has data centers across the US to distribute load and lower latency.

Besides, a NIC will not help with Internet latency anyways. However, it may help if you have lots of intranet workloads.
No, he only needs to look at first one, two or even three hops (depending on his home network), if there's massive jump in ping then there's wrong with his network.
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No, he only needs to look at first one, two or even three hops (depending on his home network), if there's massive jump in ping then there's wrong with his network.
If you wanted him to test that.... just ping the router.
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post #17 of 17
A killer nic should be your last possible upgrade; everything else will get you more bang for your buck, including a sound card.

It can help a little in UDP based games, but more in terms of smoothing out online gaming rather than improving pings to servers. They do have an interesting everquest 2 video on their site that demos their card.

Bigfoot still claims to reduce 'lag' with their tech, but they define lag pretty loosely, and not purely based on ping, which is what most people think of when lag is mentioned.

The card will do little for tcp based games, though, that you can't do yourself with some registry tweaks.
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