As stated the BigFoot Killer NPU has been embedded as well. The Bigfoot Killer E2200 network processing unit (NPU) is a dedicated network co-processor that runs at 400Mhz, it uses a PCI-E x1 lane. The Killer E2200 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 E2200 gets traffic from the network, to the game, and back out to the network faster than any other PC network card. But I always have been a bit 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
~100ms on the Intel NIC
~100ms on the Killer NIC
So we can't see the performance benefit on our end but it really is one of the best NICs available on the market, and here you got it integrated into the motherboard, that is a huge plus. So yes admittedly, it is a lovely solution and the software suite is just grand AND you can shape network traffic on your PC and monitor it. Which is just great stuff. Below a couple of screenshots from the software suite.
BTW, I used some screenshots from the MSI Z87 Mpower MAX review, aside from the logo it is exactly the same software:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming review We review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming OC edition. The GTX 950 is an entry-level to mainstream graphics card in the Maxwell range of GPUs from Nvidia that sits pretty nicely in the 1080...
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1 review We review the Gigabyte Z170X Gaming G1, an Intel Z170 based product that is loaded with kti and features. The motherboard has a new lets call it F1 design and even is quad-SLI/Crossfire capable. Combi...
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 ...