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I've managed to get hold of a Killer NIC on ebay for £5 ($8 USD) as I thought it would be an interesting test.

Now I know they have a lot of negative press, yet some people claim it does improve framerates and ping times a bit.

I currently have a crappy Realtek PCI card that isn't even Gigabit. I was going to go for an Intel Pro 1000, but they were about £20 more.

What does everyone think? Anyone else here got a Killer NIC?
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I was actually thinking of getting one, but without objective tests I'm still reluctant about it.
Do you have a Gigabit router/cables? How fast is your Internet connection?
I'm curious to see somebody else's opinion.
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They say it works by offloading networking tasks from the cpu. Allowing the cpu to perform better and give more fps.

However, in the time of Core i, I kind of believe that doing such a thing is not needed.

But, you have a C2D and I suppose it could help you out a bit depending on the game.
Edited by MRHANDS - 6/12/11 at 2:17pm
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i had one, but i had a bad experience with it. i was only getting around 2mb/s thought it and i was getting 25 mb/s through my onboard lan.

around that time they came out with a software update, and it totally messed up everything. i took it out and sold it
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Hmm yeah I've heard the drivers are a bit rubbish. Hopefully they aren't too bad now. We shall see!
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Good luck.
Keep in mind latency is a factor of every device in the chain and not just the end point.
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i had one, but i had a bad experience with it. i was only getting around 2mb/s thought it and i was getting 25 mb/s through my onboard lan.

around that time they came out with a software update, and it totally messed up everything. i took it out and sold it
might have been something to do with the menu thing in their i just raised everything in speed to the tops knnowing i didnt have any of that, might have done the trick to stop the slow speeds
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post #8 of 14
I think its a neat concept, and an awesome looking nic card, but my onboard gigabit has never given me any trouble so I can not justify purchasing something like that. I got a great network preformance boost by switching my routers to DD-WRT, customizing some things, and using open DNS. You got a good deal though, will be interested to see some benchmarks and network tests with it.
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I keep hearing about killers. NIC's are NIC's to me. Though I have been wanting a couple Sun Quad Fast PCI 501-4366 for a Dynamips build. But what else is new.
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Meh. I guess it's a good network card, and it does offload the CPU in theory, I just don't think the performance gains are field relevant at all.

That being said, for 5 quid I'd have bought one too, to stick in a server for bragging rights
    
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