Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card Reviewajmatson - March 22, 2011
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To compliment the Killer 2100 hardware, Bigfoot Networks has designed the Killer Network Manager. The Network Manager allows you to control the upload and download speeds for applications accessing your network resources, as well as allowing you to prioritize packets from specific applications over others based on what you want to have the quickest network access. The application is laid out in sections, making it easy to navigate to what you need. The first menu is the Overview tab, which gives you critical system information, including network activity, average time for round trip ICMP and UDP packets, and current NPU usage. The second tab is the PC Monitor section, which allows you to view in real time your CPU usage, round trip ICMP and UDP ping times, and current network utilization for incoming and outgoing traffic.
The third tab is probably the most important tab, the Application section. This is where the application control brings into light what the Killer 2100 can do. In this section, you can set priorities for network traffic. There is a scale of 1 to 3, with one being the highest priority and three being the lowest. You can set a default priority to all applications, which I did as priority 3, and adjust specific applications to a higher priority based on need. In addition to setting priorities, you can specify the upload and download maximums for each application. In the example below, I placed the Bittorrent application to have a maximum of 1Mbps upload and download, which keeps it from using my total network bandwidth for just that application. The last two tabs are the Network and Advanced tabs. In these two sections, you control the settings of the Killer 2100, including your ISP speed settings and more. One feature that is nice to have on the manager is the ability to turn off the red glowing LED on the PC board. While some like this feature, as I do, others might not and you have the ability to turn it off.
Now that we have seen the hardware and the application control software, we can move on to the testing.