Game lag is history.
How does it work?
Bigfoot Networks™ technology is optimized for online gaming and real-time communications applications. The EVGA Killer Xeno Pro uses a 400MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) to offload all networking operations. The NPU acts as a co-processor dedicated to running the networking portion of games and other applications. This NPU, along with Bigfoot Networks™ patented software algorithms, accelerates, prioritizes and shapes the packet stream that goes to and from the computer, thereby allowing EVGA Killer Xeno Pro to bypass the Windows Stack and allow the NPU to handle all the network functions. This results in the CPU being able to run at full speed, while checking for and receiving network data as fast as possible.
What performance increase should I expect?
The below data points were supplied by Jon Peddie Research, who is a well respected, 3rd party research firm. It is important to please note that the EVGA Killer Xeno card is not a graphics card, nor is it a CPU, and unfortunately there are no CPU or GPU like benchmarks that can immediately show the impact or performance results. With that being said, the places where you will see the most significant performance boosts are during intense network scenarios, for example, in a crowded city or raid in World of Warcraft, in a busy Team Fortress 2 server, downloading anything while gaming, etc. These are the places where you will see performance enhancements, both in framerate, and latency/ping.
The below results from Jon Peddie Research were done on two identical high-end PCs logged onto the same network and thru the same router in the same game, server and character, the machines were tested for thirty minutes, and average framerate and ping were calculated.
The following results are done with each machine under full network load (two downloads in the background, while gaming)
Here is the conclusion from Jon Peddie's Report:
"Killer Xeno Pro provides a clear performance benefit if the user encounters a heavy online gaming load, like multiple enemies or friends in the same area. If the user wants to download or upload files while gaming with no impact on performance, the Killer Xeno Pro excels at this task as well. Finally, if the user communicates with a voice chat program while gaming, Killer Technology and its Hardware Bandwidth Control provide a clear advantage to the gamer."
Smooth Gameplay During Fast Action - Bigfoot Networks Network Processing Unit (NPU) frees up vital CPU resources to boost frame rates and smooth out gameplay experiences during the even the most intense action.
Hardware-Accelerated Voice Chat - Hardware-accelerated voice chat is fully offloaded from the CPU, processed on Killer Xeno's dedicated audio chip and accelerated through Xeno's NPU. Killer Xeno is bundled with Mumble, a free and open-source, cross-platform voice application.
Optimized for Gaming - Killer Xeno is the only network card that delivers an ideal online experience, with 128MB of onboard RAM, a dedicated network processor, an audio processor for online voice chat and a PCI Express interface.
Faster Frame rates - Smart packet optimization sorts and accelerates time-sensitive Internet traffic, bypasses the Windows® Network Stack and transfers packets directly to and from games, improving game responsiveness and frame rates for that competitive edge.
Hardware Firewall - High-performance, hardware-based security that keeps intruders out and lets you live worry-free in the DMZ. (Driver version 188.8.131.52 or later)
Bandwidth Control - The Killer Xeno's Hardware Bandwidth Control technology serves as a Network "Traffic Cop" that smoothes the online experience across all Internet applications - VoIP, streaming video, downloads and web surfing - even while gaming.
Optimized for Applications - 128 MB of onboard RAM allows more Killer technology applications like voice chat and Bandwidth control to be run on the card simultaneously enabling better system performance.
Plug and Play - Delivers Plug-&-Play compatibility with all online games. The Killer Xeno works with all online games for improved performance right out of the box.
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