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    News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Custom rigs get latency-killing high-end network cards.
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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    They're missing a big trick IMHO.

    Ethernet NICs are pretty close to optimal already, especially when compared to internet latencies. But wireless NICs have a LOT more room for improvement - latency, signal strength, CPU usage etc. Create some Killer wireless NICs (and routers?) and there's a whole product range waiting for home enthusiasts or the gaming laptop crowd which is a pretty large market.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    They're missing a big trick IMHO.

    Ethernet NICs are pretty close to optimal already, especially when compared to internet latencies. But wireless NICs have a LOT more room for improvement - latency, signal strength, CPU usage etc. Create some Killer wireless NICs (and routers?) and there's a whole product range waiting for home enthusiasts or the gaming laptop crowd which is a pretty large market.
    You should be working for Killer... they'd surely make more money with your idea.

    Quality gaming routers are hard to come by, I'd most definitely be interested in a Killer router for my connection rather than their current NIC.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    If a gaming router/AP and wirless NIC could also be tuned for media streaming then I think there could be an even bigger market. I can really see the need for that, a tweaked ethernet NIC on the other hand....

    Did Hexus ever get one to review?

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Killer NICs are probably biggest waste of money ever...

    Gaming router? Please

    We already have word 'gaming' attached to pretty much everything to suck money from ppl.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    What else can be done to improve wireless latency though? It's always going to have the wireless drawbacks when compared too wired options.
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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    What else can be done to improve wireless latency though? It's always going to have the wireless drawbacks when compared too wired options.
    Why does it always have to? Theoretically line of sight radio waves should take (minimally) less time to travel than electrical signals in non-line of sight cable. Processing of that signal has to occur either side for both methods, and data bandwidth is largely determined by signal loss for both methods.

    It's the latter factor that has the most effect on speed for wireless, so there's plenty of room for more premium antenna design/gain systems to minimise signal loss. Signal processing is another area for premium improvement, and all the other bits like CPU offloading, network stack bypass etc apply equally to wired as wireless.

    My cheap wireless setup to the other side of the house is already down to ~ 20ms ping though to internet servers (pingtest.net I think), which isn't far off what I could achieve with wired. A killer wireless has more potential to improve wireless and could get me closer to a real improvement.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    There is also a noticeable difference in performance and reliability between certain brands of wireless devices, not so much with wired. Even a cheap ethernet card is going to work as well as most people expect. The same can't be said for wireless.

    Personally I'm very sceptical over the claims made about KillerNIC. If the same was said for a wireless product I would be less sceptical and do firmly believe there is a benefit in premium wireless products. This is the main reason I don't have an all in one integrated wireless router. I have a Draytek router and an Edimax AP along with a gigabit switch.

    Even a wireless setup that would prioritise traffic between specified devices would benefit certain applications, or routers that didn't get overloaded when you try and stream audio and video to more than one location.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Even a wireless setup that would prioritise traffic between specified devices would benefit certain applications, or routers that didn't get overloaded when you try and stream audio and video to more than one location.
    Absolutely.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Wasn't that the whole idea behind beamforming?

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Im 100% with you guys on this one, killer wireless adapters would be a much better space in the market.

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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Wasn't that the whole idea behind beamforming?
    Beamforming just provides a more stable, potentially higher bitrate signal.
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    Re: News - Killer NICs now available in Alienware PCs

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Did Hexus ever get one to review?
    It's still in the post...
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