Bigfoot Killer NIC reduces latency by 33x

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

A series of benchmarks measured by Jon Peddie Research confirms that Bigfoot's recently launched Killer 2100 NIC reduces network latency by as much as 33x.

A Bigfoot spokesperson told TG Daily that Peddie had gauged network performance on both enthusiast and mainstream gaming PCs.

Bigfoot Killer NIC reduces latency by 33xThe high-end enthusiast test systems were equipped with an Intel Core i7 980-X six-core CPU and an ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card, while the mainstream systems were loaded with an Intel Core i5 CPU and an ATI Radeon HD 5550 graphics card.

"The results revealed the strengths of the Killer 2100's Game Networking DNA technology, which maintains extremely low latency even while a PC is running resource-intensive applications such as online games," said the spokesperson.

"On the enthusiast platform, Killer 2100 reduced latency as much as 33 times and jitter as much as 85 times - differences that translate to clear improvements in users' online gaming experience.

"In contrast, standard networking interfaces delivered comparatively poor performance, even inside the enthusiast PC, operating with Microsoft Windows 7 and premium components."

Meanwhile, Peddie researcher Robert Dow told TG Daily that the Killer NIC had remained "rock-solid" when faced with a heavy "gaming-type" load.

"[However], the standard NIC was negatively impacted and exhibited much higher average latency results. 



"[And] Bigfoot's new user interface allows the user to control the network stack using advanced features such as Visual Bandwidth Control to make gameplay the priority for the NIC."

Additional test details include:

Enthusiast test: GaNE test, Resident Evil 1920x1200 8X AA
Mainstream test: GaNE test, Resident Evil 1650x1080 2X AA

Enthusiast Gaming PC Testing:

Iteration 1: Killer 2100 delivered 33.0 times faster latency and 63.0 times better jitter performance.
Iteration 2: Killer 2100 delivered 30.3 times faster latency and 79.2 times better jitter performance.
Iteration 3: Killer 2100 delivered 27.7 times faster latency and 85.2 times better jitter performance.

Mainstream Gaming PC Testing:

Iteration 1: Killer 2100 delivered 6.2 times faster latency and 6.3 times better jitter performance.
Iteration 2: Killer 2100 delivered 6.2 times faster latency and 7.7 times better jitter performance.
Iteration 3: Killer 2100 delivered 14.9 times faster latency and 15.4 times better jitter performance.