Bigfoot and VisionTek team for GPU/NIC hybrid

At Computex earlier this year, Bigfoot Networks and graphics card maker TUL displayed a prototype expansion card that combined a Radeon HD 5000-series GPU with Bigfoot’s Killer 2100 network controller. I’m not sure that product ever made its way to retail shelves, but now we have word that a similar hybrid will early next month. This time around, Bigfoot is working with VisionTek to combine its Killer 2100 NIC with a Radeon HD 5770 GPU. Dubbed the VisionTek Killer HD 5770, the resulting card also has the ability to pass audio over HDMI, making it a potential replacement for all kinds of integrated peripherals.

The official press release makes no mention of extra memory or juiced clock speeds, so we’re probably looking at a 1GB card with stock clocks. That’s not terribly inspiring given the fact that the Killer HD 5770 will ring in at $200, which is a $50-60 premium over standard 5770s. The cost includes the integrated NIC, of course, but you can buy the Killer 2100 all on its own for just $77. All told, convergence saves one expansion slot and about $20 while locking you into a mid-range graphics solution that doesn’t have nearly the pixel-pushing horsepower of other $200 cards.

To be fair, the Killer 2100 used to sell for $130, so the savings could have been more compelling. Even then, though, I’m not sure I see the value in this particular tag team. If you’re serious enough about online gaming to benefit from a Killer NIC, odds are you probably want to run a graphics card more powerful than the 5770. And, if you’ve been gaming a while, you probably know that graphics cards need to be upgraded far more frequently than network controllers.

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    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    so because they cant sell their dead NIC, they have to drag down gfx cards with them? way to go!

    • Kallstar
    • 9 years ago

    Bigfoot has to be THE most useless tech company to have ever existed. I’m always amazed when they come out with their latest NICs that nobody should ever consider buying. Sadly as useless as this Killer HD 5770 card is, its probably the highpoint in the companies hilariously pathetic performance.

    Bundling is a must when you have a useless product, a better way to go about it would have been to toss in a few USB 3.0 ports.

    DO it bigfoot, add your useless NIC to some USB 3.0 PCI-e cards so at least there’s a semi respectable reason to put it inside a modern pc. That way when the poor fools who purchased your useless NIC realize the complete lack of performance improvements they’ll at least have some USB 3.0 ports. THAT is what a company with a half a brain would do in your situation.

    USB 3.0 Combo card, MAYBE a Killer Router so people can torrent from the router, Bundle with something useful and call it a day… Or just quit while you’re behind and stop making useless placebo electronics.

    • ronch
    • 9 years ago

    Nope. No go for me. Paying $130 for a network card is senseless enough, but at least even then I could probably use it for many, many years because nobody really upgrades their network cards often (let alone plunks $130 for it in the first place). But if you bundle it with a video card then you can obviously use the integrated NIC only for as long as you’re using the video card. This is somewhat OK given that you paid less for the NIC part, but this feels like Bigfoot is the one winning here, not Visiontek. This partnership drags Visiontek’s price up (less compelling) while adding something that few people would actually want to spend money on. And no, that discount from $130 to $50 isn’t something I’m gonna drool about; $130 is simply too much to pay for a NIC.

    Bigfoot must be getting real desperate..

      • ronch
      • 9 years ago

      Reading the posts here some of you are saying the Bigfoot NIC should just be integrated onto the mobo. Well, how about Bigfoot just sell their IP to one of the network controller manufacturers like Realtek or Atheros for like $10 million and just retire? They should just enjoy life rather than kid themselves into thinking someone would actually be crazy enough to buy their stuff. (Oh wait, maybe Atheros and Realtek aren’t crazy enough to buy their IP too…)

    • JMccovery
    • 9 years ago

    Maybe BigFoot should team up with Creative, making: The X-Fi Killer Xeno Fatal1ty/Championship/Ultra/Titanium sound/network card, and have EVGA sell a WTF!!! edition.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    VIA’s been making tiny motherboards like this for years.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      But without the need for the big fan.

    • UberGerbil
    • 9 years ago

    I kind of want one of these, just so I could drag it out every few years and boggle the minds of a new cohort of geeks.

    Sure wouldn’t pay anything (let alone $200) to accomplish that amusement, however.

      • Palek
      • 9 years ago

      I can also imagine it as a motivator of sorts.

      Your engineering team has been going through a rough patch after a failed project. You could buy one of these to offer some consolation to your team. “Okay people, I know we really messed up on that last product, but hey, look, we’re nowhere near as bad as the guys who build THIS.”

        • JMccovery
        • 9 years ago

        That’s awesome… Motivational de-motivation!

    • tinkthank
    • 9 years ago

    I’m not sure what marketing geniuses thought this one up because they certainly didn’t involve the bean counters. To glue two devices onto the same PCIe bus they’ll need to use a $40+ 36 port PCIe switch from PLX or IDT. That makes this a no starter before you even consider the dubious merits of the Killer NIC.

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    This brings back very bad memories of Aztec and IBM MWave combo modem/sound cards.

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Why.jpg

    Bigfoot are just biggest idiots ever. They have got some valuable IP on their hands. They are just selling it to the wrong demograph.

    They don’t understand how many networking geeks would love to have a affordable NIC that has build-in thin-client and traffic shaping capablites without forking out several Benjamins on an enterprise-class NIC.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    Bigfoot still exists? Where do they get the money to stay in business?

      • NeXus 6
      • 9 years ago

      From e-peen enthusiasts who buy $1000 CPUs, $500 video cards, $400 cases, $300 motherboards and $200 sound cards. There’s nothing like having a rig decked out with a Bigfoot NIC to impress your friends.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    While we’re all divided on factory overclocks, religion, politics, and whether or not TR is in the tank for Nvidia (seriously? WTF ever.), we all seem to agree that this idea is going nowhere.

    In what context does this idea make any sense? Only when the buyer is an idiot. Now, you might think there is no one so idiotic, but witness the fact that some people suggest that TR is in the tank for Nvidia!

    The question is, is there a large enough supply of extreme idiots to support such a product…

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    This idea was a total flop last time:
    Everyone rightly mocked it;
    I doubt it sold many, if any, units;
    I never saw one available in this country.

    *[< Here we go again.....<]*

    • odizzido
    • 9 years ago

    They got the art on the card wrong. It should have been the “LOL WUT” pear.

    • NeXus 6
    • 9 years ago

    LOL. This reminds me of when NVIDIA put a sound chip and a joystick port on the NV1 (Diamond Edge 3D).

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    What do you get when you combine two useless cards?
    Tada! The Killer HD 5770, where the only thing it kills is your wallet.

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    Why?!?!

    Put it on the god damn motherboard where it belongs and tack a extra $20 on to the price tag. It’s all it’s worth and all I’d pay for it. I’d rather get a dedication solution from Intel, which does BTW release some pretty amazing drivers.

    If you have a chipset with a built in Intel NIC look at their website and get the newest drivers for it. They have some pretty neat things built into them.

    The PPU was a great idea and it would’ve deserved my money much more then this does and ever will. How does PhysX die, but crap like this is still being sold?

    • crsh1976
    • 9 years ago

    Why would I need an ethernet port on my video card again?

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 9 years ago

      Perhaps this is Bigfoot’s new long-term business plan. If the new video over IP standard comes to fruition, they can claim they ‘invented’ the RJ-45 connection on the videocard and sue everyone.

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    Why???
    Is there that much demand for mid range GPU’s and very high end (by cosnumer standards at least where anything other than ‘intergrated’ is unnecessary) NIC’s in cases/boards that only have 1 expansion slot?
    Im guessing there are probably about 4 people on the planet who desperately need this and are willing to pay.

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      For a dude with ur ID, u make an awful lot of sense. I’ve been waiting for u to post something stoopid so i make fun of ur id (came up with a couple of fart jokes…. i know, i have way too much free time at work), but u r not giving me that chance ๐Ÿ™

        • Farting Bob
        • 9 years ago

        I could post some Nvidia trolls if that would help?

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Dumbest combination ever. If they’d stuck it on a new 6870 or GeForce 580 it’d almost make sense in a way (two great excesses that excess great together, I guess) but using a 5770 is Dope City. Maybe they should be selling Killer NICs to motherboard makers instead?

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed. Actually, it’s a dumb idea in general since the GPU is probably the most-upgraded part in a modern high end computer. Killer NIC should have licensed out to mobo makers instead.

        • plasticplate
        • 9 years ago

        Agree with funkenstein,if they want to integrate it with a GPU, why not do it with some current gen high end card instead of pairing it with a last gen Mid-Level card. Something tells me the people who would want killer NIC wont be looking for a mid range graphics solution.

        • cmrcmk
        • 9 years ago

        That’s probably why BigFoot wants it on a video card: more frequent upgrades. If you buy this and then upgrade your graphics, you’ll have to buy another card with the RJ-45 built in or buy a separate BigFoot card if you want to convince yourself you’re not downgrading something. More sales at lower margins can still equal more profit.

          • plasticplate
          • 9 years ago

          Yeah, u r right about the profit margins part. But again, whos going to buy this card. Enthusiasts will never buy a 5770 since it does not have enoght graphics muscle for them and Mid-range shoppers wont buy it either cause u can get the same 5770 for 140 bucks( about $60 less). But if someone is going to buy a GTX580 for $520, i dont think he would mind an extra 50 bucks for integrated NIC.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    why don’t we start moving things back to the motherboard instead?

    maybe bigfoot has had no support from mobo manufacturers to integrate their stuff onto their designs, which would be the way to go if you’d ask me.

    These people might not survive long term, selling stuff we get integrated for $70-$100, that software/driver solutions could mitigate

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