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Killer 2100 or 890FX Onboard LAN

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I was wondering whether or not to use my Killer 2100 or my Onboard LAN on my Biostar TA890FXE.

Killer 2100 Specs:


Standards
802.3, 802.3u, 820.3x, 802.3z, 802.3ac, 802.3ab
Speed
10/ 100/ 1000Mbps
Connectors
1 x RJ45
Interface
PCIe x1
Features
Processor: 400 MHz Bigfoot Networks Processor
Memory: 128MB DDR2 266MHz

Maximum networking performance for online games
Control Panel Application & Tray Indicator
Advanced Game Detect (traffic classification)
Visual Bandwidth Control
Application Blocker
Online Gaming PC Monitor
UDP traffic offload & acceleration
Windows Network Stack bypass

Biostar 890FX Onboard LAN Specs:

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111DL
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

This is my Speedtest result:



What are the advantages of using the Killer 2100 vs. the Onboard LAN. I know for one thing that you can make torrents low priority when you are gaming, so you can still have them downloading without you lagging.

The Killer 2100 has it's own processor, and ram too. Wouldn't that make offloading and packet transfer faster to your game? or no?

I would really appreciate it if someone would assist me.. thank you OCN <3
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Onboard, the addon NIC's are generally no better than the onboards.
    
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although the killer does help a little bit the price is not worth it. You are better off with a different cheaper NIC.
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The Killer's extra features are cool when no one else is sharing the connection off a router or something, cause it will regulate your traffic for you and prioritize gaming. However, if you're plugged into a router or switch with other people, it can't control their usage which mostly makes it's software useless.
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The only thing the killer NIC will do for you is help you with your local-network performance. Its in no way going to increase the speed of your internet. To be honest I think its pure crap and these days you don't need a separate node in your PC processing network traffic for you with PCs as fast as they are these days.

Making torrents low priority can already be done with your router these days if it has QoS, then there are options in most torrent programs to throttle itself when you're gaming. I can game just fine with torrents running and I'm just using a regular onboard Nvidia Nforce NIC.

IMO if you're going to go with a new card there are much much cheaper Intel NICs out there that cost about 1/4 of the cost of a killer nic and can give it a run for the money:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833106036
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