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ASUS Combines Killer NIC and Xonar Audio into Single Addon Card

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It seems like Bigfoot Killer, the family hardware-accelerated latency-chopping network controllers is really taking off after garnering interest from the motherboard industry. First, it was MSI announcing a strategic partnership with Bigfoot to bundle NICs using Killer 2100 and the probability of integrating it onto its motherboards, then Gigabyte beating MSI to that by unveiling not one, but three LGA1366 motherboards under the G1.Killer series with integrated Killer controllers, that leaves us with ASUS.

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they went wrong with the 4 pin molex connection imo stick a 6 pin pcie connection on it instead and they have a winner
 

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they went wrong with the 4 pin molex connection imo stick a 6 pin pcie connection on it instead and they have a winner
These days, with every drive using SATA power connector, most end up with free Molex connectors. PCI-E ones are precious for entry-mid PSUs.
 
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id rather just see killer NIC integrated motherboards. Forgive me, but, what are the benefits from using Killer 2100 over say a good Intel 1 Gb/s card?
 
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the only benefit is it offload cpu work into the addon card, so the cpu will have more free resources
 
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the only benefit is it offload cpu work into the addon card, so the cpu will have more free resources
Which in this time & age is pointless unless you are using a sempron or an atom. And if you use that, you wouldnt buy this.

Still, i see this as a great product just cause you can have a proper soundcard + bonus & bigfoot sells chips.
 

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i would buy this if its sold seperatly :toast:
 

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id rather just see killer NIC integrated motherboards. Forgive me, but, what are the benefits from using Killer 2100 over say a good Intel 1 Gb/s card?
The benefits is that you can control every single application running on Your computer that uses any kind of internet bandwidth, you can also change alot of other stuff that you havent seen at all on a intel built-in NIC, also you can make it so it prio the gaming. That normally means lower response time and better ping in games.
 
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The benefits is that you can control every single application running on Your computer that uses any kind of internet bandwidth, you can also change alot of other stuff that you havent seen at all on a intel built-in NIC, also you can make it so it prio the gaming. That normally means lower response time and better ping in games.
Yes but every review I've ever read about a bigfoot "killer" nic has shown that the offloading of the net bandwidth from the cpu has no gain in performance in any game and there is no measurable gain in response time or ping.

The only benefit these have like posted above is on a software level where you can manually set priorities to applications, ie dividing net bandwidth for gaming while downloading....

then the price of these cards always let them down
 
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Why is this Killer NIC suddenly appearing on things? They've been around at least a couple of years, and always been known to make next to zero improvement. I imagine this could lose companies more sales than it'll get them due to people who don't want to spend extra on something that's nearly pointless.

Edit: Though not so much with this, seeing as it's just bundled in with the main event.
 
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I wandering which mobo is that one in the photo?
 

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Well that big ass thing will help to keep the heat trapped in some cases. I see that sound card getting pretty dam hot due to the v card.
 
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Two notes. This is going to have some of the worst reviews in newegg history (driver related). And now why on earth does this need a molex? The killer draws under 10 watts, the soundcard part should be similar.
 

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The benefits is that you can control every single application running on Your computer that uses any kind of internet bandwidth, you can also change alot of other stuff that you havent seen at all on a intel built-in NIC, also you can make it so it prio the gaming. That normally means lower response time and better ping in games.
that only works if you are the only PC on the network (direct to modem)


thats so damn rare these days (everyone shares behind a router) that its worthless. killer NIC cant control the traffic from other systems to prioritise your gaming packets over someone elses.
 
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The benefits is that you can control every single application running on Your computer that uses any kind of internet bandwidth, you can also change alot of other stuff that you havent seen at all on a intel built-in NIC, also you can make it so it prio the gaming. That normally means lower response time and better ping in games.
id agree but I believe tha you can do this on addon intel cards. You can also distribute resources through your router, seems rather pointless of a card at the price point they are selling them at vs. the competition.
 
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The Killer NIC cards should go the way of the Physx add-in cards.....EXTINCT.
 

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The Killer NIC cards should go the way of the Physx add-in cards.....EXTINCT.
My guess is thats why they are getting other companys to sell them and this is just a way for them to stay alive...

To me i don't care about the killer nic although i would like the option to buy a high end mobo with or without one without losing out on other mobo features.
 

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i agree with asrock - while i'd never buy one outright, i wouldnt be opposed to them being on my mobo if the cost wasnt that much extra.
 
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This to me is very interesting, depending on if it uses a 1 x PCI-e, I think this is pretty sexy.
 
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The Killer NIC cards should go the way of the Physx add-in cards.....EXTINCT.
Extinct eh? I think you mean integrated into nvidia drivers. Perhaps the GTX 680 will have a network jack.
 
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Proofs?
 
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This IMO is just stupid. The sound card part is OK, but the killer NIC is retarded. My question is how this will affect slot spacing. Anyway, killer NIC can die for all I care :)
 
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Extinct eh? I think you mean integrated into nvidia drivers. Perhaps the GTX 680 will have a network jack.
No, I mean the ADD-IN physx card that you put into a slot just to get PhysX physics. Integrated physx on a video card is very understandable. But, an NIC on a sound card, that sounds a little weird. If it was built into the mobo without compromising too much space and while keeping the cost reasonable like others have said, then I would see no problem with it.