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    Bigfoot Networks has announced the return of their KillerNIC high end network interface cards for gamers. This time around, they have integrated audio processing to handle voice chat through hardware. They announced today at GDC that Alienware will ship systems with these cards, and that EVGA is the first exclusive 3rd party to license the Killer Xeno.

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    Heh.

    http://www.pureoverclock.com/story3475.html

    I had the opportunity to test the original Killer NIC, and this new one is considerably less expensive. Hopefully it's a bit better performing too, it's still a niche product.

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    The original seemed like a bit of a joke. It's only fitting that they're tossing it into Alienwares. I doubt that many others would purchase it.

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    Well in my tests of the first Killer, it did make a difference in some games, but the noticeable effect wasn't very pronounced, and in some games it was nil. Of course, it was very expensive too. Couple that with the fact that modern 4 core CPUs (and 8 threads in the case of Core i7), the offloading from the CPU to the card is no longer necessary.

    The card did make some things smoother, but the question was always, "At what cost?!" With the cheaper card, they may reach a larger market share, but I think it will continue to be a fringe product, though the partnering with Alien, etc might help their bottom line.

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    Killer NICs seemed like the pinnacle of excess for a long time. Still, even with better performance I still wouldn't consider buying one; as stated before it's a huge niche.

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