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ASUS IMPACT VI vs MSI Z87 GAMING = Killer ethernet or gamefirst ii for online gaming

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I'm really curious about Ethernet connection. Recently i read about killer ethernet/wifi solutions and i'm wondering, which one is better? Gamefirst II or bigfoot killer ethernet? I heard that killer is using more advanced ways to get better speeds but is it better than "normal" intel gbit ethernet with gamefirst ii ?

Is there any real differences or advantages? I was planning to buy ASUS, because of futureproof NGFF and overall good exprience with their products, but msi is in pretty same price, configuration(only lack of ngff, but it's not a "must have" for me) I just want snappy bulletproof PC for online gaming. Please help, because i can't find any clues about this.
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They are mostly gimmicks really. What they do is to prioritize the packets sent from your game first. But my money is on the Killer being the best, although the normal Intel gbit is also very good. So either one is fine really.

Both MSI and Asus makes very good motherboards now a days, and after owning countless Asus motherboards I must actually say I prefer my current MSI Z77 M-Power more. It boots faster than any motherboard I have ever had, has a great bios and overclocks well.
    
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They are mostly gimmicks really. What they do is to prioritize the packets sent from your game first. But my money is on the Killer being the best, although the normal Intel gbit is also very good. So either one is fine really.

Both MSI and Asus makes very good motherboards now a days, and after owning countless Asus motherboards I must actually say I prefer my current MSI Z77 M-Power more. It boots faster than any motherboard I have ever had, has a great bios and overclocks well.

Thanks for very good answer, i'm considering to switch for MSI, because Impact is very capable motherboard but these boot speeds are horrible, take a look:
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7532/60205.png
And there's also a lot of sluttering:
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph7532/60206.png
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i know this is not your particular board but it is related and thought i would share.

gamefirst II has some issues:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1413905/official-asus-maximus-vi-hero-owners-and-overclocking-club

ROG GameFirst II Issues
Symptom: lower than expected download and upload speeds
Reason: the ROG GameFirst II software is supposed to optimize download and upload speeds. Sometimes a piece of software does not perform as intended.
Fix: uninstall the ROG GameFirst II software.
 
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