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HardOCP published a review of the KillerNIC network card from Bigfoot Networks, which promises to drastically reduce latency in online games. Too good to be true? From the article: "The Killer NIC does exactly what it is advertised to do. It will lower your pings and very likely give you marginally better framerates in real world gaming scenarios"

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No... I don't believe it. If it really does, then it certainly isn't worth the 150 bucks you have to shell out.
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I'm not paying $150 to go from 16ms to 10. Seems like it's just numbers and nothing else at that point.
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No... I don't believe it. If it really does, then it certainly isn't worth the 150 bucks you have to shell out.
You mean the $250 you have to spend
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And then everyone realized....it was a 250 dollar NIC.....




I really dont believe its so much that this card is GOOD, its more like that the windows network stack is JUST THAT BAD. I wouldn't be surprised if some windows update for vista could improve performance by the same margin.

Again, I cant bash the addition of a few FPS. After all, some people are willing to spend 400 dollars MORE on a processor for marginal FPS gains. The same goes with ram, and virtually every other part. But in the age of stretched budgets from Physx cards and every other add-in you can imagine, I dont see this ever being feasible at the 250+ dollar price point.

Frankly, I find it very hard to believe that we would be paying for anything but the startup cost of this company. They are using an onboard processor, sure, but it probably doesnt require a 65nm process by any means. And what memory it has isn't the best in the industry. So where is this money going? I would be hard pressed to believe this technology is any more advanced than the X-fi Fatal1ty, and the Xfi isn't even that expensive.

Just one more toy for sponsored people to get, rich people to waste their money on, and broke college students to dream for. Bleh.
    
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I just upgraded my Cable connection for 4 bucks a month more and I'm getting better ping/latency AND faster download speeds. So in 5.2 years, the trade-off between getting a 5MB connection and a Killer NIC card, would change.
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Just one more toy for sponsored people to get, rich people to waste their money on, and broke college students to dream for. Bleh.
Agreed.
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post #8 of 27
Seriously People need to stop with this oh get this card and it will lower your ping.
If you just foward your ports or look and play around with your network settings you get the same thing.
Or setup your network right.
I setup a gigabit network and I fine
Fast Dlink Cable modem
DLink's DGl 4300 Gamer lounge
And a DLink's 8 port gigabit swtich
With some Cat6 cable and you my friend have some nice gaming.
    
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post #9 of 27
It works, but about as much as you would expect it to. It moves client-side physics to it's own 400mhz processing unit so your CPU can run faster. Likely, multiple cores will phase this unit out.
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Seriously People need to stop with this oh get this card and it will lower your ping.
If you just foward your ports or look and play around with your network settings you get the same thing.
Or setup your network right.
I setup a gigabit network and I fine
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With some Cat6 cable and you my friend have some nice gaming.
QFT
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