Rivet Networks introduces the 2.5Gbps Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    "Killer". Guess they running out of ideas. Can someone name their Ethernet Controller a "Packet Killer"?

    I really wish somebody could benchmark those gaming Ethernet solutions compared to normal ones. I bet there literally no change in ping. Maybe a few microseconds.

    Selling overpriced hardware to clueless kids is awesome these days.
     
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    Ah the snake oil company is back with another product that tries to solve a problem that doesn't really exist with a premium price tag.
    My mobo has both the E2500 and Intel's 219 LAN ports.
    Killer's software caused only problems including their own software freezes and crashes and made various web pages load slower than usual.
    The only benefit I could find is playing an online game and downloading things in the background.
    And even then it could improve the latency that much.
    If you are downloading torrents then you can limit your torrent client's bandwidth so you don't need a "gaming" lan controller.
    All in all these products are useless overpriced crap with your usual "gaming" tag on them.
     
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    I guess I'm not the only one avoiding Killer on any mainboard I buy...
     
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    Back when I was building this PC, I purposefully avoided any mobo model with a Killer controller. I had heard too many stories of the trouble they gave people.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with the hardware. Just manually install the driver by downloading the .inf file and direct towards it in the device manger. I do this for many years now and no problems at all.
    No reason to avoid motherboards with Killer onboard.

    I agree that the software is just one big bloatware mess that should be avoided at any and all costs. Just one big marketing scam.
    Why would i need to download crapware do "manage" something with software what my EdgeRouter can do hardware based..
     
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    What I want to know is how exactly is this software supposed to optimize gaming performance? The only thing I can think of is it detects which port wants to communicate and gives game ports top priority. But if you aren't downloading anything else in the background, all this will do is increase your ping/latency, since this is just 1 more layer the packet information has to go through.
    Any sensible gamer would know that if you want to lower your ping, you want to stop downloading stuff.
     
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    using QoS, assuming you have everything properly set up on your home network.
     
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    99.5% of what the Killer software does, or try to do, is QoS. QoS is something that about every half decent router can do hardware based and nobody needs the piss poor software implementation that Killer software offers.
     
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    You all are ignorant. I am posting from the year 2020 with my Killer NIC because it made my latency negative. I get headshots on n00bs before they are even born now.
     
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    I thought the main advantage was how they handled interrupts. Something about limiting that queue and doing the processing of it on the card.
     
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    Did you also tell them that you did their mom before they were born? :D
     
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    No no, that was me, I did their mom before they were born, he just PwN nOoBs...
     
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    The "Killer" branding has been around for nearly 20 years.... If memory serves, it was originally started by BigFoot networks, it was later sold to Qualcomm, and now the branding belongs to a company called Rivet Networks.

    Killer Wireless NICs were "benchmarked" against Intel Wireless NICs....

    To my knowledge Killer NICs don't have any hardware level features that Intel NICs don't have...and Intel NICs are cheaper.... Without the additional software, the Killer NIC is just a basic NIC at a higher price.
     
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    Damn, I knew it sounded familiar. Gotta educate myself more.
     
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    I think it's not necessarily the hardware, but the software that most of the times crippled usage with the infamous KILLER NIC mainboards. I've once read, just installing the driver, not the software, works well.
     

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