Bigfoot Dashboard utility helps gamers identify bottlenecks

For a while now, Bigfoot Networks has offered gamers a way to curb lag and maximize frame rates in online games through its Killer network cards. The firm is now providing a complementary solution to the same problem: Dashboard, a monitoring application that lets users keep track of frame rates, CPU utilization, network performance, and other stats, all in one location.

Bigfoot essentially bills Dashboard as a way to pinpoint the cause of lag or low frame rates in games. A Dashboard case study on the company’s website provides one example: upon encountering abnormal frame rate fluctuations in some parts of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Bigfoot guys whipped up Dashboard. The software reported no ping problems, and while it did show spikes in UDP offload data, the spikes didn’t match valleys in the frames-per-second graph. In the end, the problem proved to be tied to graphical settings.

The application doesn’t actually monitor in-game pings—Bigfoot’s Sean McCann told us games measure ping in different ways to begin with, and a simple ICMP ping to the game server wouldn’t tell the whole story, because it wouldn’t account for the latency of UDP packets used by the actual game. (Killer cards also don’t offload ICMP traffic.) Rather, Bigfoot has set up Dashboard to run a UDP ping to a server in the United States; the point being not to get the lowest number, but to identify variations. McCann wasn’t willing to disclose Bigfoot’s hosting provider, but it assured us that the host is a highly reliable one.

Although Dashboard doesn’t actually require a Killer card to work, the tool lets Killer owners keep an eye on UDP packets and offloading statistics, as well. The app runs happily in the background and can export data for frame rates, ping, UDP offloading, CPU load, and "a few other variables" to comma-separated-variable (CSV) files. Users can then open and study those files in Excel or any other spreadsheet software.

You’ll find the Dashboard software on this page. Bigfoot offers a setup guide in PDF format to help get you started.

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    • jcw122
    • 10 years ago

    Unless your running a pre-built system, or aren’t very good at keeping your system running clean, or just built a poor system…there’s little chance that this software will help.

    Most of the time issues are server side anyway.

    • yogibbear
    • 10 years ago

    Bigfoot works out the lag is due to the lack of dedicated servers…

    ZOMG!

    • Krogoth
    • 10 years ago

    …..and gamers will find their most of their online ills are from sources that are beyond their control………

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago
      • ReAp3r-G
      • 10 years ago

      I use this and speedtest.net regularly 🙂

      • TheEmrys
      • 10 years ago

      Sole? Typos kill credibility.

        • bdwilcox
        • 10 years ago

        Do you actually think I was pursuing credibility? (nyerrrrrrrr…sound of joke going over TheEmrys head)

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        That’s most likely not a typo, but rather how he thinks it’s spelled.

          • bdwilcox
          • 10 years ago

          Arrogance and condescension from a Mac user? Pray tell, what novelty my eye witnesses! Dear sir, sharpen thy wit and leap humbly upon it, for thou art the basest of beasts.

            • ericfulmer
            • 10 years ago

            I thought it was funny…

            • RickyTick
            • 10 years ago

            Once he said “his brother Thom”, I knew where he was going. I thought it was hilarious.

          • bdwilcox
          • 10 years ago

          BTW, post #9 was a fancy way of telling you to go f*** yourself. I wouldn’t normally have to explain a post but, hey, after all, you are a Mac user. Oh, and if you need me to speak slower, just nod. BTW, you’re drooling again.

            • grantmeaname
            • 10 years ago

            you’re especially thin-skinned today!

            • bdwilcox
            • 10 years ago

            Thin-skinned? Actually, I’m quite calloused. Ba-dump, bump, tssshhhh.

            • Scrotos
            • 10 years ago

            People are stepping all over you today!

            • Meadows
            • 10 years ago

            I recommend treating that. Not very pleasant a sight.

          • Meadows
          • 10 years ago

          You too, my son derFunk?
          /[

        • Meadows
        • 10 years ago

        It’s a bunch of foot jokes, you stupid.

          • DrDillyBar
          • 10 years ago

          …and people think I’m dumb. 😆

            • Scrotos
            • 10 years ago

            Yeah, what the hell? It was a clever post! People just be drinkin’ from tha’ hatorade today.

    • Skrying
    • 10 years ago

    You know… I wonder when the dev team was putting this together for testing if they decided to go with that interface from the start. For some reason I doubt it.

    I often wonder this with nearly every utility from manufacturers. Guys… the Winamp interface isn’t cool anymore. Just sayin’.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    I wonder how big the memory footprint is…

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