Legit Mods and Ends Reviews
Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card Review
|Product:||Killer 2100 PCIe NIC (VisionTek 900317)|
|Date:||Thu, Dec 09, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Austin Hamann -|
Killer 2100 Retail Box & Bundle
The front of the Killer 2100 Gaming Network card sports some nice graphics and logos. The "Up to 10X Faster" seems a little out of place considering it doesn't say what it is 10x faster than. The sides of the box list features, specifications and a quote from a Pro Warcraft III player from Team EG.
The rear of the retail box features a 'what you get with the Killer 2100' approach, with an image of the Killer 2100 itself and the included software.
Opening the package up, we find the dense cardboard enclosure for the Killer 2100 with the manual and driver disk on top and the Killer below inside its antistatic baggie.
Not much is included in the bundle because not much is needed for this device. It comes with the Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100, the three-language quick start guide detailing the card, features and instructions and the driver disk.
The Install disk is marked version 126.96.36.199 which is the third iteration of the driver/software suite for the Killer 2100. In addition to the 32- & 64-bit software suites is Adobe Reader 9.30 and the user manual PDF. The disk also links to the FRAPS download page, the Bigfoot Networks support page and the Killer 2100 product page on Bigfoot Networks.
Upon installing the software suite, the Network tab opens and prompts you to test the maximum bandwidth of your up and downstream connections. This tab monitors connection status and lists your IP address as well as some other settings.
The bandwidth test status window, in actuality, took close to one minute.
The Overview tab lists system configuration information as well as more detailed connection status information. The system shown was used as a temporary server and later as the low end gaming test system for the real-world testing.
The PC Monitor window gives you the option to monitor either CPU, NPU or Memory usage as well as Framerate, Bandwidth and Latency (Ping). The monitor updates every two seconds.
The Applications tab visually shows you how much bandwidth each running process is consuming, both up and downstream. At the time I was loading a YouTube clip.
Finally, the Advanced tab lists settings for the Network Manager suite as well as for the card itself, like the LED Glow option highlighted (there are two red LEDs I will point out later).
Next Page - A Closer Look at the Killer 2100
Page 1 - The Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100
Page 2 - Killer 2100 Retail Box & Bundle
Page 3 - A Closer Look at the Killer 2100
Page 4 - Killer 2100 Theoretical Test Results
Page 5 - Killer 2100 Real World Testing
Page 6 - Final Thoughts & Conclusions