Você se lembra daquela placa de rede Killer NIC que supostamente destruía o lag pra você poder matar mais rapidamente? A placa nova deles, a Killer Xeno, é ainda melhor com conexão pela entrada PCI Express e desloca o processamento de chat por voz para a própria placa.
Ela é ainda é movida por aquele maldito ‘K’ gigante, mas o deslocamento para a PCIe para throughput maior e processador de voz onboard supostamente tira ainda mais a carga de networking e processamento do seu computador, reduzindo as suas despesas com outros componentes, o que significa que os seus jogos rodarão ligeiramente mais velozes. O networking faz um bypass na fila do Windows e prioriza o tráfego de jogo – ele é essencialmente um mini computador Linux.
Por ora, o lance da voz funciona com TeamSpeak, mas não com Ventrilo (que é o meu chat por voz preferido para jogar), mas eles dizem que estão trabalhando nos acordos com outros clientes de chat por voz, ou seja, esperamos que isto esteja a caminho. A Killer Xeno Pro possui 128MB de RAM onboard e custa 130 dólares, enquanto a Killer Xeno Ultra possui 256MB e custa 180 dólares. Mesmo que isto faça seu ping cair em algo como, digamos, 20ms, será que isto vale tanto assim pra você? Leia abaixo o press release
Bigfoot Networks Launches Killer Xeno(tm):
Second-Generation Gaming Network Card
Partners Alienware and EVGA First to Distribute Killer Xeno;
TeamSpeak and Vivox First to Partner for Killer Xeno Voice-Chat
SAN FRANCISCO, Game Developers Conference – March 23, 2009 – Bigfoot
Networks, the networking technology company behind the Killer(tm) line of
gaming network cards, today launched Killer Xeno, the company’s
next-generation voice chat-enabled network interface card for online gamers.
The new product comes with more memory, an upgraded network processing unit
(NPU), and integrated audio for hardware-accelerated voice-chat, all
designed to bring gamers the ultimate online experience. The Killer Xeno
platform provides Bigfoot Networks’ partners and customers the fastest time
to market with a flexible product design for customizing, licensing and
distributing Killer Xeno.
Killer Xeno’s voice-chat acceleration technology addresses the most
requested gamer feature, and will enable the millions of online gamers
worldwide who utilize these chat services to enjoy a "hiccup-free" voice
experience while playing the latest generation of online games. Bigfoot, in
providing voice chat, has partnered with companies supporting leading
products such as TeamSpeak and Vivox as well as utilizing the popular open
source application Mumble.
Killer Xeno is also a flexible product design platform that enables
customers, including Add-In-Board (AIB) vendors and PC OEMs, to license and
differentiate Killer Xeno products for their markets. Bigfoot Networks also
announced today that leading game systems developer Alienware, Dell’s
high-performance gaming brand, will be the first exclusive PC OEM to ship
the Killer Xeno Pro.
"The worldwide online gaming market is rapidly growing, and with more
gaming customers come more customer requests, demands and needs. Alienware
works to stay ahead of the curve and Bigfoot Networks helps us do this,"
said Frank Azor, senior vice president and general manager, Alienware. "The
Bigfoot Networks’ Killer Xeno gives us the proven technology needed to
guarantee customers’ ultimate online gaming experience."
Additionally, the company announced that EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge
3D graphics card and motherboard manufacturer, is Bigfoot’s first exclusive
third party AIB partner to license Killer Xeno to be distributed under the
"EVGA, from the beginning, has embraced intelligent innovation and
leadership within our product philosophy," said Andrew Han, EVGA president
and CEO. "By partnering with Bigfoot Networks, EVGA can now offer the Killer
Xeno Pro to members of the VGA community. In particular, this new product
will greatly improve the immersive experience and competitive edge for
online gamers. Addressing our customers’ real-time networking needs and
empowering them with new products is made possible with Bigfoot’s Killer
"Bigfoot Networks’ products are designed to provide the best experience for
today’s new generation of real-time network-dependent applications such as
online gaming, voice chat and file sharing," said Bigfoot Networks CEO
Michael Howse. "Our new high-volume distribution partnerships with Alienware
and EVGA will enable a wide variety of product implementations and price
points for gamers and consumers worldwide."
The Killer Xeno gaming network cards deliver the ultimate online gaming
experience, decreasing latency and offering better framerates, thus enabling
smoother gameplay. Key features of the Killer Xeno include:
* PCIe interface: provides for higher throughput.
* Killer Xeno NPU: dedicated smart packet processor for all network
operations, ensures the delivery of time sensitive data like game control
* Plug and Play compatibility with all games.
* Windows network stack bypass: provides for direct to game interrupts.
* Integrated audio chip: offloads VoIP operations to Killer Xeno NPU for
‘"hiccup-free" voice communications while gaming.
* On board RAM (256 MB/Ultra and 128/Pro): enables applications such as
Firewall, VoIP chat and bandwidth control to run on the card simultaneously
with no system performance degradation.
* Firewall: Stops intruders with zero gaming performance impact. Based on
robust Linux iptable implementation.
* Bandwidth control: Prioritize network traffic for each application by
setting bandwidth priorities and max/min limits through a simple interface.
* Onboard status display: Xeno Ultra model includes a customizable LED
display for caller ID, network statistics, game information or any
The Killer Xeno comes in two form factors, Killer Xeno Ultra with 256MB of
on board ram, OnBoard Status Display and Killer Xeno Pro with 128MB of on
board ram. Both models include audio processing for VoIP chat.
The Killer Xeno Pro will be available for $129.99 from both Alienware and
EVGA in April 2009. The Killer Xeno Ultra will be available for $179.99 in
May from leading online retail partners. Check www.bigfootnetworks.com for