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Killer NIC K1 Gaming Network Card – 10/100/1000Mbps PCI Network Adapter -- Less Game Lag, Smoother Gameplay

  • 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps
  • 1 x RJ-45, 1 x USB2.0
  • 32-bit PCI 2.2
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Your dedication to hard and fast gaming is unparalleled: you have the best keyboard, the best joystick, the best display card, and the fastest cpu and memory. So why are you still using an ordinary network interface card?

Just as graphics got faster once they got their own dedicated processor, so does your networking. With 64MB of on-board memory and a dedicated network processor unit, your cpu can drop the overhead of overseeing the network card and get back to gaming more quickly. Direct game hardware interrupts further speed up your connection, and so does bypassing Windows' Network Stack. Add in a hardware firewall and the ability to run some processes directly on the 333 Mhz NPU and you've got a Killer NIC.

There are lots of 10/100/1000 Mbps NICs out there, but few indeed that cater so much to the gamer's need for unimpaired bandwidth. So what do you think? Is this the card for you?

  • newegg 333 MHz Network Processing Unit The built-in 333 MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) runs a highly-optimized version of embedded Linux to remove the packet processing burden from your CPU and processes the packets extremely fast and efficiently for improved online gaming performance.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Port The onboard USB 2.0 port works with Killer's Flexible Network Architecture (FNA) to enable gamers to access hardware accessories (USB Drive, Microphone, etc.) while running FNA applications.
  • newegg 64MB DDR Memory The onboard 64MB DDR memory works in conjunction with the NPU to support the network offloading functionality and the Flexible Network Architecture.

Learn more about the Bigfoot Networks K1

Model

Brand
Killer NIC
Model
K1

Spec

Standards
802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.3z
Speed
10/ 100/ 1000Mbps
Connectors
1 x RJ-45, 1 x USB2.0
Interface
PCI
BUS
32-bit PCI 2.2
On-board Memory
64MB DDR PC2100

Features

Features
Dedicated 333 Mhz Network Processing Unit (NPU).
Offloads all network processing to the NPU, freeing up vital CPU resources to boost average frame-rates and smooth gameplay.
Direct Game Hardware Interrupts
Bypasses the Windows Network Stack to transfer packets directly to/from the game. This speeds-up game loop execution to improve game responsiveness and frame-rates.
Hardware Bandwidth Control
Fine-tune your network traffic for each application by setting bandwidth priorities and max/min limits through a simple interface. Lock bandwidth hogs out of your gaming traffic.
Hardware Firewall
Stops intruders with ZERO gaming performance impact. Based on robust Linux iptable implementation.
Runs In-Game Applications Directly on the Card
Provides higher gaming performance while multitasking, with applications that run directly on the card's NPU. Run Bit Torrent, Game Patcher, FTP and more while gaming with zero performance impact.
Plug-&-Play compatibility with all online games
Works with all online games for improved performance without game modifications

Packaging

Package Contents
Killer NIC K1
Resource Disk
Other Accessories

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Bigfoot Networks K1

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2009 9:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNo Support

Pros: None.

Cons: No driver support for over a year. Can't use this out of the box without searching forums for tweaks. Its like it was End-of-Life the day I purchased it. I will never buy one of Bigfoot Networks products again.

Other Thoughts: Do not purchased this if you are using Vista or Windows 7. Especially 64-bit.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 9/10/2009 1:38:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo Windows 7 support in site

Pros: -Works fine on Windows XP/Vista

-Will reduce your latency for games slightly

-Great for downloading/torrenting and playing a game lag-free

Cons: -No signs of Windows 7 driver support or future development. Last release driver was from 03 Nov 2008. Last beta driver was from a month later, but development has stopped in favor of the newer Xeno card.

-Expensive for such a small performance increase which you probably will not notice unless torrenting and playing games at the same time.

Other Thoughts: If you ever plan on upgrading to Windows 7, don't buy this card. I am now using an Intel NIC so that I can play my steam games. This NIC has become a new expensive paperweight. You can take a gamble with Xeno, but they are likely do drop support with that NIC once they come out with a new NIC.

If you already own one, please consider dropping a note in their forums requesting that they continue development on drivers for the K1/M1.

It's a shame that Killer NIC's don't have any similar competition. It would likely cause them to drop their price and increase their driver support.

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  • brian j.
  • 8/26/2009 5:15:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsits worth every cent

Pros: make final fantasy xi an other online games run almost with no lag web site pop up crazy fast once every thing is set right

Cons: got to fiddle with it to get it to work its not really plug play

Other Thoughts: needs be static ip i think this is most people problem with this item

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  • jonathan b.
  • 7/27/2009 4:07:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: All I have to say is that if you are a gamer this card is a must have.

Cons: none. just be careful on the initial setup.

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  • Douglas K.
  • 6/1/2009 4:48:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWHAT A DIFFERENCE

Pros: It does what it says, i play cs and l4d, my ping in cs overall about 179, now with this card 100 down to 90s no more lag fps to the max, l4d almost all the servers i have 0 lag, its great

Cons: PRICE , luckily i found it 100 bucks cheaper somewhere else :D MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE LASTEST DRIVERS!!, id recommend downloading them before you install the card, another thing, the sleep mode in xp or vista makes the card and system crash so dont go into sleep mode, either use screen saver or turn off

Other Thoughts: My system:
Gigabyte EP45-UD3P
Core2Duo E7200 oc 3.20
4x1gb ddr2 800
500gb sata hdd
this card
2xhd46701gb gddr3 xfire
630 raidmax volcano psu
All fits well inside Antec 300 case.
Definetely recommend buying this card, if not get the higher end version.

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  • Ivan V.
  • 5/31/2009 12:54:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Steam Gamer Must Have!!!

Pros: This thing really does help with online gaming and applications! If you play games on steam, this thing will make you feel like your playing on a ssd, which I own as well, but for online gaming! I've noticed that my steam applications open up faster, and now I'm usually the first one in a new round of L4D or TF2. I bought this originally to help me host a better server at my own LAN-Parties. Now, everyone tells me that they experience no lag in titles such as Call of Duty 4, Counter Strike Source, and Warcraft 3 when I host the game. Plus, I'm able to host more network intensive games such as a CSS game with 50 comps, with no lag at all! (it used to lag with anything over 20 comps before)

Cons: None if you know what you are doing.

Other Thoughts: The driver installation for 64-bit Vista was not as smooth as I would have liked it to be. I ended up installing the drivers from the website first, only to realize that they had the same updated drivers on the installation CD. So, I uninstalled the drivers I got from the website (which did not install properly), installed the drivers from the CD, and everything worked fine.

Gaming Server Specs:
Phenom x4 940 BE
4gb G. Skill Ram
750gb WD Hard drive (ssd is now on my main computer)
Nvidia 8500gt
Killer K1 NIC

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  • Jason G.
  • 5/31/2009 11:23:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNice Features, but still lacking pure gamer needs.

Pros: It does pretty much what it claims. Tons of nice features. Bragging rights is a plus.

Cons: Price is still a bit steep. Does not support VPN connections (Sonicwall VPN). Does not do high speed file transfers at 1,000Mbps. I'll elaborate on the file transfer speeds; I have a $4,000 file server, on a 1,000Mbps network. Everything is built for speed (4Terabytes in a RAID 5). Using this card in my Gaming Machine, as it is connected at 1,000Mbps, it barely does 8MB/sec transfers. My experience with my motherboards on-board NIC; I have seen it get 95MB/sec transfers. I researched this for a while and I'm not the only one to complain about these slow transfer speeds.

Other Thoughts: So if you don't plan on using this card for high speed file transfers, this card is for your "Above Average Gamer"; NOT for your "Hardcore Gamer." Although it claims to be for your hardcore gamers, I feel like that statement is a bit false. I host LAN parties, and all the gamers I meet care about file transfer speeds when leaching shared files on a LAN. But that's just my opinion and experience.

So as a final thought, if your knowledge of computers is decent you will notice the performance differences in benchmarks and what not. If your a nub and think this will solve all your problems, do not waste your money.

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  • Christopher H.
  • 5/28/2009 5:08:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLow Latency

Pros: I bought this card to keep my latency down in World of Warcraft. It does the job by keeping it at around 40ms. Sometimes it goes to 60ms but it comes back down to 40 or 45ms and hovers around there a majority of the time.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Keeps latency way down. Which is why I bought this card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/27/2009 8:40:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFollowup

Pros: Works great does what they say it does. Brought my in game latency on WoW to a little over the server ping from 170-300 latency to 65-115 depending on network performance between me and the server. I tested every bad lag period with a server ping to assure it wasn't the card and it wasn't. Latency now tends to be a little above the ping now, but not by much. I feel I got my moneys worth on both cards and myself and my wife are glad to have them. When PCI slots are retired to go hang out on the beach with their ISA brothers, I'll surely be buying PCIe ones, without a doubt.

Cons: Configuring for WoW was difficult. Not in the sence that it took too long or required excessive setting changes, but I had to find information on how to tweek it on their forums which took time. The answers are in the forums though to get the most out of the card, but it would be nice if configs were a bit more automated and the beta drivers easier to find.

Other Thoughts: Can't say anything about the FPS improvement as I didn't notice one, but my CPU sits in power save mode through most of the game and still only reaches about 20-30% cpu usage. Logicaly though, anybody's who's CPU is wrapped out on their game should see some kind of a boost due to it not having to deal with handling the network traffic, even if it's not noticeable it's still taking a chunk of necessary processing away from the CPU.

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  • Shane S.
  • 5/25/2009 9:36:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings

Pros: It does seem to smooth out gameplay. The game "feels" like it's running better. When on my favorite COD4 server, I notice a lot of people complain about lag when I am not experiencing it. I also don't notice lag as much as I did so I would have to say that it works, just not as well as advertised.

Cons: Did not show one increase in frame rates and did not lower my ping. I called the tech and he told me that the COD code was written so well that you would typically not see gains in those areas for that game. (Didn't see that on the box) I plan to play some of my other games after a reformat and then see what this does after I install it. As far as I'm concerned, the proof is in the pudding (numbers) so if the tech was telling the truth, I should see it then.

Other Thoughts: In case anyone wants to know if it's compatible, I'm running Vista 64 bit. The only issue I seem to have is that I need to configure the app before gaming which requires a restart. Not the end of the world, but a little annoying.

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