Posted - 03/28/2009 : 08:39:39 AM
| EVGA Killer Xeno Gaming Network Card
- ProPART NUMBER: 128-P2-KN01-TR
Bigfoot Killer Network Processing Unit (NPU)
400 MHz NPU
266 MHz (effective)
PCI-E 1x (PCI-E 2.0 Compliant)
3.5mm audio input and output
Bigfoot Networks™ technology is optimized for online gaming and real-time communications applications.
The EVGA Killer Xeno Pro uses a 400MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) to offload all networking operations.
The NPU acts as a co-processor dedicated to running the networking portion of games and other applications.
This NPU, along with Bigfoot Networks™ patented software algorithms, accelerates, prioritizes and shapes the packet stream that goes to and from the computer, thereby allowing EVGA Killer Xeno Pro to bypass the Windows Stack and allow the NPU to handle all the network functions.
This results in the CPU being able to run at full speed, while checking for and receiving network data as fast as possible.
MSRP: $129.99 USD
I haven't tried this, I was just trying to figure what kind of a difference an expensive card like this could possibly make over an on-motherboard NIC or cheap PCI NIC card speed wise.
OK, I can see it helping a slower machine on a GigaByte LAN in a heavy and complex multi-player gaming situation, but I can't see it doing squat for someone connecting to the Internet via a Cable/DSL modem.
Your bandwidth speed dictates how fast you can go, and any newer multi-core processor can certainly handle the minuscule amount of processing a network connection needs don't ya think?
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