Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card Reviewajmatson - March 22, 2011
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The Killer 2100 uses a small compact design compared to many network cards on the market. This piece of hardware is a dedicated network card so there are no other functions that it needs to perform, thus allowing it to focus on its duties. The top of the card is covered with an aluminum grill and had the Bigfoot Networks logo. On the front of the card there is a single network port sitting next to the Killer "K" logo. There are two LEDs next to the port that indicate the mode and activity of the connection. The Killer 2100 can operate at 10Mbps, 100Mbps, and 1Gbps speeds for fast data transfers. The Killer 2100 pairs with the Killer Network Manager to give you more granular control over your network data by prioritizing traffic to fit your needs.
The Killer 2100 uses a PCI Express x1 slot for its transfer interface. This interface can also fit into x4, x8 and x16 slots while still operating at x1 speeds, so any newer computer system can use it. Removing the mesh cover, you can see the network processor and the onboard memory. The CPU is a 400MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) and the memory is 128MB DDR2 running at 266MHz. The use of the onboard CPU and memory offloads the data from the system CPU and memory, increasing processing speeds and lowering ping and game lag.
With the hardware under our belt, let's take a look at the software that helps drive the Killer 2100.