Thursday, October 22nd 2009

VisionTek Introduces its Killer Xeno Pro Gaming NIC

VisionTek Products announced a technology partnership with Bigfoot Networks today in conjunction with the North American launch of the VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card. The introduction of this revolutionary gaming network card takes gaming to the next level with performance designed to enhance the online multiplayer experience. This new hardware caters to the growing online PC gaming audience and includes custom bandwidth controls to tailor the game play experience to the user’s needs. When the dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) was born in the labs of Bigfoot Networks, VisionTek made plans to join forces for their next technology launch.

“My technology roots are grounded in the GPU, as the quintessential PC gaming hardware upgrade,” said Michael Innes, COO & EVP of VisionTek Products, LLC, “It’s too early to say that the NPU will overcome the GPU, but I do know it feels a lot like the advent of the PC graphics card. One thing is certain, online gaming is the dominant factor keeping the PC gaming platform alive.”
According to NPD, over $2.6 billion dollars were spent over the last 3 years on PC games in the U.S. market, and the top sellers are consistently “online” multiplayer titles. PC gaming drives the demand for complimentary hardware and is the ultimate catalyst for VisionTek bringing new PC products to market. VisionTek’s Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card accelerates game networking for smoother game play and faster frame rates, providing a superior online gaming experience.

The Killer Xeno Pro is built specifically for online gamers and is designed to provide up to a 40% increase in performance with popular online game titles.

“VisionTek and Bigfoot Networks are in a position to change the PC gaming experience and innovate the hardware upgrade market, just like graphics cards did 15 years ago,” said Mark Bilson, VP of Sales for VisionTek. “VisionTek saw the demand for a dedicated GPU take off as 3D environments became more complex. We see the same demand growing as a result of online bottlenecks on the client side and the need for a dedicated NPU.”

The VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro offloads game networking operations by getting data traffic to the game the instant it arrives. VisionTek is a pioneer in bringing consumer technology products to market that demand specialty processors to create the best overall PC entertainment experience. The VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card will be found at Best, CompUSA,, New,, NCIX,,, D&H Distribution and Ingram Micro Distribution, in Systemax and MainGear PCs and at other leading PC consumer outlets in North America.

The VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro keeps game play smooth and frame rates high when the online action gets most intense. Bigfoot Networks’ Game Detect technology automatically detects and prioritizies game traffic for the most responsive gaming experience. Intelligent Bandwidth Control lets users allocate bandwidth to other applications, such as voice chat, Web browsing and downloads. A hardware firewall runs on the card and not on the CPU, protecting users from online threats without slowing down their game play. The “Plug-&-Play” design automatically works with all online games to help improve performance without mods, patches or special settings. “Optimized Voice Chat” lets users chat with friends during the most intense game play without affecting performance.

“I would say that this card is outstanding and is worth every penny!” commented Raz, Team Dignitas Call of Duty 4 player and Call of Duty Player of the Year, 2009. “Never have I seen a piece of hardware like this.”

The average World of Warcraft player spends over 10 hours a week engaged in online play,3 and all these features are a common wish. Stop wishing and start playing, with the VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card. Visit us at this page to learn more about the VisionTek Killer Xeno Pro.
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45 Comments on VisionTek Introduces its Killer Xeno Pro Gaming NIC

Zubasa said:
The only problem is these cards cost more than an Athlon II 620.
Even an Atom 230 (with HT) can handle gigabit traffic. :toast:
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csendesmark said:
Even an Atom 230 (with HT) can handle gigabit traffic. :toast:
a pentum 3 can handle it - it was merely the hard drives of the era that could not
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Matchmaking compatible ? hahah

Stop with that shit please, the future of online PC gaming is close to dead
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btarunr said:
Fred can review this (PCI-E Xeno, on today's hardware) if there's demand.
Fred fredburger?
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WarEagleAU said:
Interesting to see Visiontek pick this up as last time, Killer was the only one with their card. While it does very very very very very little help with latency and ping times, it taxes your processor and hinders on some other things. There was a review in either MaximumPC or CPU mag about this new card. BFG was the only other one offering the card. Maybe it might be worth a look, dont know.
Evga also have one now.

For me its there price point, its just too dam exspensive adn as others have mentioned the money can be spent else where to give a much large boost.
If it was £20 i would be tempted to pick one up and make my own conclusion.
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I have one of these, worst peice of hardware ever purchased, drivers suck, BSOD in alot of games, NFS Shift = BSOD, COD5 = BSOD, the list goes on, do yourself a favor and dont buy this piece of crap. They really need to contact Realtek and Intel to find out how to code proper drivers for a NIC card. I have since taken mine out and am using the onboard Realtek and damn its so much better, this card also killed my download and bandwidth speeds, lowered my downloads by 50-100kbs.
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They were originally brought to market when people only had single core CPUs. So if your CPU was maxed out on some games then yes you would see a nice improvement with this card. So if you have that old of a computer, still don't buy this go buy yourself something new.

With 4 core CPUs and the better motherboards nowadays, yeah it's not going to do shit for you.
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Performance Enthusiast
Mussels said:
i'd like to see both.

more or less is this device worth it on standard internet, yes/no

is this device worth it if you're an asshole with internet faster than most peoples home networks, yes/no
+1 and thanks for the lol while you were at it :laugh:
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get a good intel nic and fudge off

as a matter of fact .. wizz do a comparo with an onboard, an intel nic and this
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Editor & Senior Moderator
[I.R.A]_FBi said:
Fred fredburger?

no, Frederik S (who reviewed the PCI version for us).
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btarunr said:

no, Frederik S (who reviewed the PCI version for us).
Oh ok, pass on the suggestion in my last post to whizz
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PP Mguire
I dont think Cheez Wiz wants to waste his time on such a worthless piece of poo poo :laugh:
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the one and only benefit to this is the workload transfer, and the slight decrease in ping time from PCIe latentcy.

A standard onboard network solution uses the CPU and driver interface model to do all the network processing, so if a application sends a request to the network stack to send packet A of data, it has to send the request through the driver, the driver passes it on to the CPU, which sends the information to the NIC throughthe PCIe bus, it processes it, sends back the instruction set to the CPU through the PCIe bus, the CPU processes the data into the form the NIC can use, sends it back down the PCIe bus, the NIC then performes whatever processing it needs on the data, and then finally out the ethernet port.

This will cut off about three trips through the PCIe bus, and thus decrease latentcy, it will also prevent teh CPU regesters from needing to be reprogrammed to perform the NIC's dirtywork, then reprogrammed withthe games instruction set.

So yes a whole 3% improvement in LAn gaming could be seen, and even more on horrible long pipe CPU's like the preshott.
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Performance Enthusiast
I still strangely want one.... don't want to pay for it, but I still want it.
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I have used the old Killer NIC for a few weeks on my school's T1 and I have to admit it works. It did exactly as advertised by lower my ping a few points (I think it was like 6 to 12 ms less) and improved my frame rate when playing online a little (not noticeable as I was getting 50+ FPS anyway).

Did I go out and buy one when my friends computer was fixed and I had to give it back? Hell No.

Is it worth the money Killer originally charged? Hell no.

Does it work and do as it claims? Yes, if something locally was limiting FPS or ping to begin with. In most cases getting around Microsoft Firewall, port scanning, Flow Control, and other misc. networking crap.

Would I spend my money on it? Maybe $50 to $65. For me this product idea works, but cost too much.

I remember one NIC (I think it was the Killer NIC) that had a USB port and it would micromanage torrents and downloads to an externally connected drive. It claimed to run the torrents and downloads a near full speed, but due to how it handled the network you are not suppose to notice a drop in regular browsing, but I am not sure about all that.

I concur. We need a new review with new hardware, because my computer is a whole different animal than it was 2 years ago.
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PP Mguire said:
Actually thats wrong, if somebody even gave me this card i would smash it in my back yard to make an example of how stupid this really is. The only thing that creates your ping is how fast you get to your ISP, then to the game server. No "NPU" is going to increase the latency and speed of a WAN when your paying for "X" amount of speed from your ISP. And i know for damn sure this piece of shit will not increase my FPS because it is not doing anything but acting as a dedicated ethernet that STILL has to use my CPU to get information. /rant
With a GOOD nic i can get 0 ms to the capital, without i get 2, thats 2 ms, and thats not a killer NIC.
Dropped packages was decreased by 3%
FPS increased by 2-3 in crysis.
FPS increased by not enough to be measured in COD4.

Intel QUAD gigabit PCI-E nic. ( i belive it has a higher price than this, prolly cause it is a quad nic from intel)

so there you go, 2 ms, and fps increased when cpu is really used... which isnt often.
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Personally in my mind, its just like a bling.Its cool to look at, specs seems to be great, shines but useless for most of the people.
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zCexVe said:
Personally in my mind, its just like a bling.Its cool to look at, specs seems to be great, shines but useless for most of the people.
Exactly, which is why we need a review. Who does it help? Is it better or the same as other dedicated NIC cards?
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I am going to get shot for this post but WTH. I have one of their earlier cards. I did not notice much diff in ping, but I did notice a very nice improvement in smoothness of online game play. I could only test by logging in and out of the server, using the card then the onboard, (BF2) during a very long round (15 min) and I noticed that it did not stutter when everybody and their uncle was trying to overrun a flag. At one point, everybody (32 players) was going for one flag, this meant that there was multiple tanks, aircraft, APC's, jeeps and ground crew shooting dropping and throwing bombs etc. The ping time between connects only varied by 2ms, but the game play WAS smoother.
no stuttering.

I bought this card on sale, $50 and it was the LAST thing I bought for my rig.

IMO it did make a diff in smoothness, not fps or ping.

Let me finish my smoke before you start shooting.
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