Bigfoot Networks readies gaming network card
Bigfoot Networks made headlines earlier this year for receiving a $4 million investment
to develop a
so-called "Gaming Network Accelerator." Back then, Bigfoot had little to
offer aside from a six-page paper explaining the causes of lag, but the
company now says it is ready to introduce a product known as the Killer NIC
on August 16. Information about the card is
still scarce, but its hardware certainly seems beefy enough: the Killer
NIC is powered by a 400MHz network processing unit and has 64MB of PC2100
DDR RAM. Bigfoot says the following features are on the menu:
- UltimatePing Technology - maximizes the speed of your gaming
PC with the Killer's Network Processor Unit delivering data to games
faster than traditional NICs or LOM, thus reducing your Ping in online
- MaxFPS Technology - offloads network processing from your
computer's CPU to the Killer NIC freeing up the CPU to focus on what is
important - THE GAME!!!
- Flexible Network Architecture (FNA) – allows everyone to
freely write, download, and run applications that execute on the
Killer's Network Processing Unit. FNapps are user and industry
developed applications that free your computer's CPU to focus on the game.
- PingThrottle Technology – allows gamers to adjust ping their
Ping higher or lower depending on game play.
- GameFirst Technology – network packets for your games are
prioritized and delivered before all other network activity on the system.
Sadly, aside from a mention of being "one of the first applications of
Corporate Network Acceleration Technology," Bigfoot dishes out more buzzwords than
specifics about its product's inner workings and performance. Bigfoot's tech
for the card reveal nothing about how packet prioritization
and offloading are achieved. We also can't tell how the Killer NIC's
implementation of these features differs from that of NVIDIA's nForce 590 SLI
, which also does packet prioritization and TCP/IP
offloading. We sent an e-mail to Bigfoot last Friday to inquire about
these topics, but we have yet to hear back from the company.