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Conclusion: If you're wary of an otherwise-ideal motherboard or laptop just because it happens to have Killer-powered networking on board, you can probably relax.

http://techreport.com/review/29144/revisiting-the-killer-nic-eight-years-on














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Been telling people to chill about this for a while, but no, horrible awful killer nic is going to asplode their pooturz. Right.
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ELI5 on this please.

Good or bad?
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ELI5 on this please.

Good or bad?


What I got from the article: Many boards now have Killer NICs built in, unlike previously when it was a separate add-on card. It had a connotation of just being marketing BS especially because it was pretty overpriced. It's not worth buying a board JUST for it, but if you have it, there's nothing to worry about. Tests prove it isn't terrible and actually beats the Intel NIC in some respects. Slightly lowering latency in games does in fact work as advertised, with a mix of hardware, drivers and nice QoS (Quality of Service) software. Since it is now standard on some high end gaming boards (MSI mainly), some people made it seem like it was even worse than Realtek NICs (usually thought of as the worst). Turns out, they're wrong (or exaggerated).



Probably why people thought it was a huge gimmick before:


Edited by TheBloodEagle - 10/21/15 at 10:35pm
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I think people's assumption that they pay more for killer networking is a wrong one as well. Manufacturers don't jack the price b/c a product has a killer NIC. The issue is that since Intel is basically the standard, anything else needs to be marketed, and it's easy to market Killer's networking, so manufacturers run with it.
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Too bad Intel and Realtek don't take the time to make drivers like this.
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I think people's assumption that they pay more for killer networking is a wrong one as well. Manufacturers don't jack the price b/c a product has a killer NIC. The issue is that since Intel is basically the standard, anything else needs to be marketed, and it's easy to market Killer's networking, so manufacturers run with it.

Yeah that's a good point. It's easy to gloss over them because the advertisement is "gamer-ized" but it's basically their only way to stand out.
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Thanks for that.
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Too bad Intel and Realtek don't take the time to make drivers like this.

Drivers that optimize latency?
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To be quite honest, Killer NICs have been good for a long time. However, the main reason that people just went with Intel's is because of that Killer NIC being a price premium that isn't worth it, and just flat out reliability of the Intel NIC in data transfer. Yeah, latency might be great and all, but that doesn't matter if it keeps dropping data.

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I remember my Asus motherboard came with a sound card & killer nic combo card. That was the only clean looking killer NIC card. The rest look so gamer nerd style
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