Thursday, February 21st 2013

MSI to Integrate Killer NIC Into Gaming Notebooks and Motherboards

MSI, the world-leading manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, is happy to announce an extensive partnership with Qualcomm Atheros to implement Killer Networking technology in not only MSI's gaming notebooks, but also a new lineup of MSI gaming motherboards. With this implementation gamers and professionals alike can now utilize Killer technology to enhance their gaming and video streaming experience. By adding a healthy dose of intelligence to the networking part of MSI motherboards a lot of work is taken out of the hands of the users who can focus better at the task at hand, be it fragging competitors or professional network services.

A better gaming world
"We are truly excited to cooperate with Qualcomm Atheros on the implementation of their unique technology on our soon to be announced gaming motherboards." Says by Ted Hung, Vice President MSI motherboard department "This puts MSI in the driver's seat for gaming motherboards with a balanced lineup that hits all critical price-points for gamers."

New Killer Networking technology
MSI's motherboards will be equiped with the latest Killer E2200 chip from Qualcomm Atheros. The latest revision of their Killer chip has many advantages for gamers over previous revisions found on other motherboards. Windows 8 compatibility and Linux supported drivers are essential and not found on the previous E2100 chip. A new and upgraded driver and user interface designed in cooperation between Qualcomm Atheros and MSI will deliver a great user experience, allowing gamers to take full control of their network traffic and it's prioritization. With Killer networking, gamers can finally maximize the utilization of their gaming PC's simply because they are no longer limited to only running one bandwidth critical application at a time.

MSI will showcase their upcoming gaming motherboards powered by Killer Networking technology along with an exiting new range of gaming products at CeBIT 2013.
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21 Comments on MSI to Integrate Killer NIC Into Gaming Notebooks and Motherboards

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
i like how they say their previous stuff doesnt work in windows 8. i'm sure that sits well with their users.
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#2
Sp33d Junki3
Well MSI will never have me buy there laptops with garbage Killer Nic on it.
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#3
Phusius
Intel nic or go home.

/end thread

glad my Asus came with built in Intel ethernet option
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#4
95Viper
Yep, Intel NIC is nice...

However, I am confused about this statement.

by: btarunr
Windows 8 compatibility and Linux supported drivers are essential and not found on the previous E2100 chip.
Is it made in general or just that MSI doesn't have Windows 8 drivers for the e2100; because, Killer does for all the 2100 series, even the e2100.
Now, the Linux part I understand.
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
It is a nice nic, and if it doesnt add much to the price it's not so bad.
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#6
EiSFX
I still don't see how Killer could of lasted this long after pretty much all the reviews for there products said that there NiC cards wern't any faster then normal cards
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Qualcomm's consumer NIC division is erstwhile Atheros, which is a shit-tier PHY maker. It's 802.11 b/g/n controller may be popular, but its GbE PHY is terrible.
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#8
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: EiSFX
I still don't see how Killer could of lasted this long after pretty much all the reviews for there products said that there NiC cards wern't any faster then normal cards
I have only read reviews of their first NIC, which said they were quite good but expensive, and this one which says it's excellent all around.

EDIT: This reviewer like the e2100, and it does look pretty good.

Which makes me come back to my original point, it it doesn't add to the pricetag it could be pretty nice.
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
backing up something in the article frick mentioned, wifi network testing sucks XD i get 200KB/s on my ipad lying down, and 1.2MB/s with it standing upright.

i can kinda sympathise with the poor bastards stuck reviewing wifi network devices, and devices like these killer NIC's.

(oh wow! it made the ping to my router 3% more stable! my dial up has never been so.... the same!)
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#10
blibba
I had the chance to try a Killer dedicated card a while back, and it was a significant step down from Realtech onboard, both in usability (hosting some games was a nightmare) and performance.
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#11
tigger
I'm the only one
I thought them Killer NIC things died a long time ago, after been found to be overpriced and overated.
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#12
nickbaldwin86
every time we have a issue with a computer at a LAN... not connecting, dropping connection, etc etc... error error issues issues.... it is a killer NIC... what a waste, I wouldn't ever buy a board with this on it... gimmick product
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#13
Batou1986
funny my buddy was talking about how fast his killer wireless nic in his alienware laptop was
until i showed him my phone getting the same speed.
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#14
nickbaldwin86
by: Batou1986
funny my buddy was talking about how fast his killer wireless nic in his alienware laptop was
until i showed him my phone getting the same speed.
HAha OWNED!
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Prima.Vera
Any reviews of this NIC thingy?
some where posted earlier.


the short version is that while its decent hardware, the big feature to it all is the software.


and all that software does is re-prioritise certain data packets, say, to make sure your game traffic comes out first, before your torrent traffic.

does absolutely nothing to speed up a slow internet connection, or to fix problems caused by OTHER computers/devices on your network.
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#17
remixedcat
Best thing with that issue is to use the QoS feature on your router.
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#18
Mussels
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by: remixedcat
Best thing with that issue is to use the QoS feature on your router.
yup. thats what i do.
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#19
koaschten
I wonder how deep MSI can dig to bury itself with that shitty KillerNIC stuff...
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
by: koaschten
I wonder how deep MSI can dig to bury itself with that shitty KillerNIC stuff...
how so? is it inferior to generic realtek onboard?
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#21
remixedcat
We need someone here to do a review on it.... I'd be happy to.
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