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BigFoot Networks Killer 2100 NIC

BigFoot Networks Killer 2100 Review

Introduction

When Ageia released a PhysX physics processing unit several years ago, many people thought the technology would never catch on; simply because it was another thing they had to buy, another add-on card. However, while they were right in that the PPU itself didn’t do so well, the technology did and has now been encorporated into nVidia’s GPUs.

Today we’re looking at a product with a similar pedigree in that it doesn’t have everyone convinced. It’s a NIC, but a gamer one designed to improve your in-game latency giving you a smoother playing experience. While we don’t know whether this will ultimately end up as another onboard GPU chip, let’s see if it’s worth your money in its current form.

 

Specifications

  • Speeds 10/100/1000 Mbps auto-negotiation
  • Features
    • Control Panel Application & Tray Indicator
    • Advanced Game Detect™ (traffic classification)
    • Visual Bandwidth Control™
    • Application Blocker
    • Online Gaming PC Monitor™
    • UDP traffic offload & acceleration
    • Windows Network Stack bypass
  • Compatibility
    • Microsoft Windows 7 32 bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit
    • Microsoft Windows Vista 32 bit
    • Microsoft Windows Vista 64 bit
    • Microsoft Windows XP 32 bit
  • Processor 400 MHz Bigfoot Networks Processor
  • Memory 128MB DDR2 266MHz
  • Connector PCIe x1
  • Ports RJ-45 Ethernet
  • Power Requirements Max 10W, Typical 3W
  • Certification /Compliance
    • Microsoft WHQL Certification for:
      • Windows XP 32 bit, Vista, and Windows 7
  • IEEE Compliance 802.3, 802.3u, 820.3x, 802.3z, 802.3ac, 802.3ab
  • Regulatory FCC Class B (CFR 47, Part 15, Subpart B) CE
  • Physical
    • Dimensions
      • 4.75” x 4.97” x .875”
      • 11.1cm x 12.6cm x 2.1cm
      • Single slot PCIe
  • Weight 4 oz.
 

Features

Advanced Game Detect™ – Automatically classifies and accelerates traffic to and from your game faster than any other desktop, gigabit networking product on the planet.
Visual Bandwidth Control™ – See which applications are hogging bandwidth and fine-tune each, so they don’t interfere with your online gameplay.
Application Blocking – Provides per-application control to block programs that access the network for increased performance and safety.
Online Gaming PC Monitor™ – Monitor and manage the performance of your gaming rig with graphical displays, detailed logging and a new user interface.
Automatic Bandwidth Sensors – Measure total networking bandwidth and monitor real-time usage details for each application, so you can optimize your online gaming experience.
Plug and Play – Killer™ 2100 automatically works with all online games with no mods, patches or updates required.