Qualcomm & MSI Announce Killer Z77 Motherboard.

Subject: General Tech, Networking, Motherboards | March 5, 2013 - 12:01 AM |
Tagged: qualcomm, msi, killer nic, Intel Z77

MSI says “JUST GAME!”... but... I must write up their announcement first...

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The computer components company would like us to “JUST GAME!” on their gaming motherboards, of course. This press release is for the MSI Killer Z77 gaming motherboard. The board supports the DDR3-3000, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema with Crystalizer, OC Genie II, and Military Class III initiatives.

But to call yourself Killer, you got some big shoes to fill.

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Yes MSI, we get it. Challenge accepted.

What makes it a “Killer” announcement is the addition of a Killer E2200 LAN chip from Qualcomm's Bigfoot Networks. We have a fair amount of experience with the gamer networking hardware company; Ryan wrote a review all the way back in 2006. Since then, the company found themselves scooped up by Qualcomm where they found their technology integrated into motherboards from various manufacturers. They have also dabbled into wireless technology.

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MSI proclaims with the E2200 LAN chip, their motherboard will have to use less space to house the chip when compared to the earlier Killer E2100. Also, for users running Windows 8, the E2200 was designed to support that operating system. Linux gamers? You too, but not until the second half of 2013.

If you want to see what the PR people have to say, check out Qualcomm's blog post.

Source: Qualcomm
March 5, 2013 | 04:40 AM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

The Killer NIC is the biggest piece of shit snake oil ever to come to high end hardware, if you exclude that HIS "PCI noise reduction" card to get rid of HIS` excessive over left PCB stock...

that thing does absolutely NOTHING to help reduce your latency in WAN. Maybe a ping or two due to the better load balancing. It only helps in LAN, but what does it matter to get 1-2 ping when you're already getting 10-15 ping in LAN?

Not to mention that it's an absolutely horrible piece of driver mess.

If you NEED a NIC, buy an Intel Pro 1000 PT that uses PCI-E. If not, stay with onboard.

I'd rather choose the Realtek onboard over the Killer NIC. It really is that horrible. It's drivers are fucking full of gimmicks like "gaming boost mode" or some shit and it's buggy as hell... I know of guys that had it and sold it because of all the dog shit that comes with it...

March 5, 2013 | 01:51 PM - Posted by Sean McCann, Qualcomm (not verified)

We’re excited that PC Perspective is covering MSI’s great news for PC gamers. MSI, like all of our partners, is committed to excellent performance in every component of the online gaming PC, and we’re glad they chose us to be the networking technology for this line of motherboards, building our relationship on top of the success of their Killer DoubleShot-powered gaming laptops.

As MSI is happy to point out for us, Killer technology is designed to greatly reduce latency in online games. It does this by prioritizing all traffic in and out of the gaming PC, with game traffic automatically set at the highest priority. Additionally, Killer technology uses its own low-latency network driver that bypasses the Windows network stack, reducing even more latency that can be introduced in the operating system. These are exclusive feature to Killer – no other network hardware for desktop or laptop computers offers prioritization or a custom network stack.

We’re confident that Killer technology offers superior performance in online games not because our own testing and development supports it, but because our desktop and laptop PC partners test multiple configurations themselves and keep selecting Killer technology.

Thanks for your interest in our news; keep an eye out for more in the future.

March 5, 2013 | 04:17 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

Yes indeed, you're exactly here to sell your products. I got some land to sale on California as well. Want it?

'Nuff with the marketing BS buddy, do you HONESTLY expect people to believe the crap you completely obviously spout out on the message board when it's totally OBVIOUS that a NIC does little to NOTHING to reduce ping in WAN?

WAN connections are limited by modem/router period. How fast your NIC chip is means jack shit when you're talking about down/upsteam from a single machine. Do a ping test with the best NIC possible, then with onboard, and you'll see ONE or TWO ping or NO difference at best, which just goes to show much of a bullshit your product is.

Not to mention all the gaming crap and shitty drivers it comes with.

I own a pair of Intel Pro 1000 PT's and have made crossover with them to couple a pair of PC's, and the drivers are BULLETPROOF. And Intel consistently updates them, and they don't pack of your so called "gaming boost" horse shit and all that nonsense... seriously, you might just want to retire from that stupid company and find yourself a real job in a proper hardware company. All you folks do is to spout out complete and utter nonsense and gimmicks to sell a totally useless product, which is just pathetic.

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