VisionTek to sell Killer Xeno network cards

Bigfoot introduced its second-generation gaming network card, the Killer Xeno, almost exactly seven months ago. While Bigfoot scored distribution deals with vendors of pre-built gaming PC systems, it also planned to distribute retail cards through EVGA for $130 a pop.

Today, the EVGA Killer Xeno Pro can be bought for $99.99 at Newegg, and Bigfoot says you can look forward to a similar product from another company—VisionTek. Bigfoot and VisionTek have partnered up to distribute the Killer Xeno Pro in North America, Europe, and Asia.

You might already know VisionTek for its line of AMD-based graphics cards and TV tuners, but the firm also offers power supplies, mice, and a keyboard with an iPod dock. VisionTek’s version of the Killer Xeno Pro looks a lot like the EVGA card, with a short circuit board, PCI Express x1 interface, and audio ports for a stereo headset. (Aside from accelerating network transfers and purportedly lowering pings, the Xeno also offloads voice communication.)

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    • Sahrin
    • 10 years ago

    This might be appealing (OK, no $100 NIC is appealing…) but for the multitudes of mindless zombie Mobo makers who insist on putting the only damn PCIe x1 slot right next to the PEG slot. What enthusiast is going to buy a one-slot GPU and a Killer NIC?

    • lancepr
    • 10 years ago

    They need to get integrated with some Mobo manufactures, that is the only way I would buy one.

    • ludi
    • 10 years ago

    So, today’s cover art cage match is a threeway, Hitman versus Spartan versus Fantasy RPG Girl, the latter of which appears to have a Joan of Arc figure that was surgically corrected by implanting a pair of grapefruit.

    Smart money says Hitman won’t be able to get out of the ring fast enough to find a good sniping position, and will be quickly dispatched by Spartan. Spartan versus FRPGG will be slightly more even, but Spartan will quickly be felled when he forgets that “her eyes are up here”.

    So, I place $25 and a free puppy on FRPGG winning in 00:05:25 or less.

    Anyone else?

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Never underestimate the hitman especially if his codename is “47”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Vasilyfav
    • 10 years ago

    Ah, yes, the stupid tax card.

      • The Dark One
      • 10 years ago

      Hey, rich idiots need to feel they’ve spent as much as they could on a PC. Without Win7 drivers for Ageia PPUs, the Killer NICs are their only hope.

    • stmok
    • 10 years ago

    Everyone knows you need three things to make *[

      • bthylafh
      • 10 years ago

      Type R stickers and ginormous spoilers.

      • Krogoth
      • 10 years ago

      Any router with decent QOS control can do the same thing.

    • Clint Torres
    • 10 years ago

    Dude, I have 4 of these in my rig and they r0x0rz!

      • Dirge
      • 10 years ago

      How about you send one of them my way.

      • Sahrin
      • 10 years ago

      Make sure you connect them in series; you can download at 10 parsecs that way.

    • Krogoth
    • 10 years ago

    People who know have a decent grasp of networking know that NICs are towards the bottom of the list as the cause for latency and packet loss issues.

    Get a better router or use third-party firmware that allows your existing router to use effective QoS management. This will solve most of the “problems” under a busy line. I suppose you could even a step further and get an ISP that has clearer connections to the network.

    There is obviously no way to get around physics. So it is easy to state that you should stick to servers that are geographically close to your location.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 10 years ago

    I wonder what ever became of them having some sort of server hardware setup? That was the only idea they had that seemed to make any sense, but here we are, what seems like a year after they talked that up as some sort of imminent revolution, and there hasn’t been a word since.

    Next up, Wallet Killer NIC Pro SE with Twin Fanged Snake Oil dual-core processor, onboard floppy controller, and PCIe 3.0 16x interface!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 10 years ago

      And all Intel parts! Shame on you for forgetting that part!

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      Someone say snakeoil?

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 10 years ago

        snakeoils on a Killer NIC!

          • 5150
          • 10 years ago

          They must have some sort of advanced spam-bot client you can install on it.

    • Kallstar
    • 10 years ago

    These killer NICs are a complete joke. The only thing that amazes me is anyone even remotely considering buying one of them. How on earth are they still in business? Even if this card was free i still wouldnt put it in my pc.

    Want your pc to run faster? Paint racing stripes on the case… it will do about as much as this card.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 10 years ago

      When I first read “/[

      • Fighterpilot
      • 10 years ago

      ….or game play/usage that you can actually feel and appreciate…
      I’ve never seen a review of this product where the conclusion states they would be better off without it.
      Its overpriced but it does work,having a good quality VOIP feature for in game multiplayer would be cool.

      • Peffse
      • 10 years ago

      I always opt for speed holes.

        • 5150
        • 10 years ago

        Via sniper bullets or pickaxe?

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    That $100 would go along way towards buying a 5850…which is much better money spent.

    • Farting Bob
    • 10 years ago

    That $99 might get you 1 extra FPS in online games, or reduce ping by levels you can almost distinguish!

    • Kurotetsu
    • 10 years ago

    How does this compare to an Intel NIC at the same price?

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