As stated the BigFoot Killer NPU has been embedded as well. The Bigfoot Killer E2100 network processing unit (NPU) is a dedicated network co-processor that runs at 400Mhz, features its own 1GB of DDR2 Samsung memory, and uses a PCI-E x1 lane.
The Killer E2100 embedded game networking NIC uses dedicated core logic and Bigfoot Networks Game Networking DNA software to classify and accelerate online game traffic on embedded solutions.
This expensive NIC will allow you to game online with less lag. Now the Killer E2100 gets traffic from the network, to the game, and back out to the network faster than any other PC network card. But we are extremely skeptical about the NIC as we say that lag is created outside your home network, e.g. in-between the router and the destination. The NIC can do very little about that, especially with the excellent Intel and Realtek NIC available these days. The sheer hardware design and next to it the software, is just really good though offering you a wide variety of settings and monitoring options.
In an earlier review we did perform some manual tests. Upload performance on our 120/10 MBit/s internet connection for example:
Upload 9.4 Mbit/s over Intel NIC
Upload 9.4Mbit/s over Killer NIC
Download 122.2 Mbit/s over Intel NIC
Download 122.1 Mbit/s over Killer NIC
Ping times then, from the Netherlands towards the USA we are pinging comcast
98ms on the Intel NIC
98ms on the Killer NIC
So we can't see the performance benefit on our end. Admittedly, it is a lovely solution and the software suite is just grand.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming SOC Review In this review we take the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming (SOC edition) for a test-drive, the product is superb, awesome cooling, it's silent, it's factory overclocked and combined with the ...
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 OC Mini-ITX review We test the 17cm long Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 OC Mini-ITX graphics card. The product does not vary much from any other 970 other than it's size. housed in a compact design this card might just be w...
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming 4GB review In this review we check out the 4GB version of the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GeForce GTX 960. The GTX 960 is the mainstream product that we figured has too little memory, will this 4GB version resolve our co...
Gigabyte G1.Sniper B6 review Let's review the budget enthusiast board G1.Sniper B6 from Gigabyte, it is based on the lower cost B85 chipset from Intel. B85 based motherboards typically end up in business desktops and normally ar...