Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

Computex 2010 Coverage

ClayMeow    -   July 5, 2010
» Discuss this article (151)

Bigfoot Networks

I met with the CEO and President of Bigfoot Networks, Michael Howse, to find out what the company behind the Killer NIC cards had in store for us in 2010 and beyond. The first thing I was shown was the recently released Killer 2100. The Killer 2100 features a 400 MHz dedicated network processor (NPU) and 128 MB DDR2 RAM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The real star of the show, however, may be the new software. First up is the Gaming Network Efficiency Benchmark. Ever since the Killer NIC line was introduced, users would often state that they noticed an improvement, yet never understood exactly how much they were gaining. Bigfoot Networks heard those pleas and the new benchmark aims to provide the answer. The benchmark allows you to chose two adapters to compare and then tracks the UDP Ping time on a graph. After the test is complete, you can see the mean ping time for each adapter, the standard deviation, and the average of the worst ten percent. It really allows you to see how much faster the Killer card compared to your other choices, like onboard.

 

 

The second bit of software is actually what controls how your Killer card performs. Bigfoot Networks Killer Network Manager software allows you to do everything from monitoring performance, examining the network usage of individual processes, setting how much each is allowed to use (or blocking them completely), and testing your Internet Provider speed.

 

 

Lastly, Bigfoot Networks announced that it is working with video card manufacturers to combine its Killer 2100 with video cards. The first such company it worked with was the TUL Corporation, manufacturer of the PowerColor brand of ATI graphics cards. The PowerColor Sniper combines a Radeon HD 5770 with a Killer 2100 on one card. As the standalone Killer 2100 utilizes the PCIe x1 interface, Howse often heard that gamers only had one such slot available and didn't want to sacrifice a dedicated sound card, or other device, for a Killer NIC. By putting the Killer 2100 onto a graphics card, gamers will be able to receive the benefits of the NPU without sacrificing an additional PCIe slot. The card will contain a separate GPU and NPU, but obviously share the same bus, so Bigfoot is working closely with TUL to ensure maximum performance is achieved. Howse assured me that he is shooting for equal or greater performance on both the graphical level and network level. If this is accomplished, this should be a huge boost for Bigfoot Networks, possibly pushing the company into more mainstream use.

 

 




  1. Introduction & The Flight
  2. Computex Day 1 Part 1: TITAN Cooler
  3. Computex Day 1 Part 2: OCZ Technology
  4. Computex Day 1 Part 3: NZXT
  5. Computex Day 1 Part 4: ECS
  6. Computex Day 1 Part 5: ECS (Continued)
  7. Computex Day 1 Part 6: ECS (Continued)
  8. Computex Day 1 Part 7: Corsair
  9. Computex Day 1 Part 8: Bigfoot Networks
  10. Computex Day 1 Part 9: Zalman
  11. Computex Day 1 Part 10: Zalman (Continued)
  12. Computex Day 1 Part 11: Enermax
  13. Computex Day 1 Part 12: Biostar
  14. Computex Day 1 Part 13: GeIL
  15. Computex Day 1 Part 14: PNY
  16. Computex Day 1 Part 15: MSi
  17. Computex Day 1 Part 16: Patriot Memory
  18. Computex Day 1 Part 17: KINGMAX Technology
  19. Computex Day 1 Part 18: COUGAR
  20. Computex Day 1 Part 19: Ozone Gaming Gear
  21. Computex Day 1 Part 20: SilverStone Technology
  22. Digital Plaza & Shilin Night Market
  23. Computex Day 2 Part 1: Antec
  24. Computex Day 2 Part 2: Antec (Continued)
  25. Computex Day 2 Part 3: Thermaltake
  26. Computex Day 2 Part 4: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake
  27. Computex Day 2 Part 5: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  28. Computex Day 2 Part 6: Tt eSPORTS by Thermaltake (Continued)
  29. Computex Day 2 Part 7: QNAP Systems
  30. Computex Day 2 Part 8: ARCTIC
  31. Computex Day 2 Part 9: ARCTIC (Continued)
  32. Computex Day 2 Part 10: ARCTIC (Continued)
  33. Computex Day 2 Part 11: ARCTIC (Continued)
  34. Computex Day 2 Part 12: Lian Li
  35. Computex Day 2 Part 13: Lian Li (Continued)
  36. Computex Day 2 Part 14: TACENS
  37. Computex Day 2 Part 15: TACENS (Continued)
  38. Computex Day 2 Part 16: Aerocool
  39. Computex Day 2 Part 17: PowerColor
  40. Computex Day 2 Part 18: ADATA
  41. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 1
  42. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 2
  43. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 3
  44. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 4
  45. Taiwan Tour - Day 1 Part 5
  46. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 1
  47. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 2
  48. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 3
  49. Taiwan Tour - Day 2 Part 4
  50. Computex Day 5 Part 1: GIGABYTE
  51. Computex Day 5 Part 2: GIGABYTE (Continued)
  52. Computex Day 5 Part 3: ASUS
  53. Computex Day 5 Part 4: ASUS (Continued)
  54. ECS Night: Photos
  55. ECS Night: Videos
  56. Computex Booth Babes Part 1: Intro & AMD
  57. Computex Booth Babes Part 2: ADATA
  58. Computex Booth Babes Part 3: Coolmax
  59. Computex Booth Babes Part 4: Silicon Power
  60. Computex Booth Babes Part 5: Tt eSPORTS
  61. Computex Booth Babes Part 6: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  62. Computex Booth Babes Part 7: Tt eSPORTS (Continued)
  63. Computex Booth Babes Part 8: Apacer
  64. Computex Booth Babes Part 9: Apogee
  65. Computex Booth Babes Part 10: ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS
  66. Computex Booth Babes Part 11: Hitachi, Patriot Memory
  67. Computex Booth Babes Part 12: Global Mobile Corp.
  68. Computex Booth Babes Part 13: AVC, PQI, QNO Technology, Tyan
  69. Computex Booth Babes Part 14: NVIDIA, MSi, Ozone Gaming Gear, PNY, Corsair, THX, Mio, VMAX
  70. Computex Final Thoughts
Random Pic
© 2001-2014 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy

Also part of our network: TalkAndroid, Android Forum, iPhone Informer, Neoseeker, and Used Audio Classifieds

Elapsed: 0.0251100063