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I'd like to have better latency for my games and overall improved online gaming, is the killer xeno nic actually worth it? Does it really help? Thanks!
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No.
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Not for gaming. If you run server type of network loads, then yes.
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Not for gaming. If you run server type of network loads, then yes.
For that purpose an Intel NIC is both cheaper and more reliable.
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No.
You are wrong about this.

Yes the Killer Xeno cards reduce latency, is it by a dramatic amount? No not really.

The biggest point in which one of these NIC shines is large file downloads and optimizing speed of the download vs the priority of the game packets.

The question of its worth it is very subjective. For most users it won't be worth it; though to some, it could be very helpful.

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For that purpose an Intel NIC is both cheaper and more reliable.
Intel NIC's don't support UDP or TC/IP offloading.
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Also, not sure if the large downloads argument can really play into factor when any cheap integrated realtek can saturate 90+ MB/sec on a proper network setup.
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Also, not sure if the large downloads argument can really play into factor when any cheap integrated realtek can saturate 90+ MB/sec on a proper network setup.
And slow down the rest of your setup do to the terrible Windows Network Stack.

Killer Xeno's avoid the WNS all together.

You can look it up yourself, the cheap Intel NIC's do not support the same feature sets that the Xeno does.

If you're looking for a cheap NIC to use in Windows or Linux then the Broadcom NetXStream II is your best bet.
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You can look it up yourself
So, no proof then.

Also nothing to back up the 'inherent horrendousness' of the Windows stack.
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You can at least limit how much bandwidth that the PC uses on the network through the Killer NIC, however I also have no proof this is just word of mouth from a friend who currently owns one.

For me that was a desired feature, but I dont know much after that
    
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post #10 of 16
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So, no proof then.

Also nothing to back up the 'inherent horrendousness' of the Windows stack.
No, you're just lazy to look up specifications and what a card supports and what it doesn't support.

Yes, the Killer NIC also gives you the option of limiting the bandwidth of outgoing or incoming connections on any program.

The Windows stack (in simple terms) just waits for 8 bits to show up before processing them.
With the Killer NIC (through the drivers) you get to prioritize packets, so 1 packet can get processed while packets that don't matter to your game get put into a stack to be processed in mass when X number show up.
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