Rivet Networks Announces Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Subject: Networking | September 15, 2016 - 04:42 PM |
Tagged: Rivet Networks, NiC, networking, Killer Networking, Killer E2500, Ethernet, controller

Rivet Networks have announced the new Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet controller, and they are partnering with MSI and GIGABYTE to bring the new controller to consumer gaming motherboards.

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“The Killer E2500 delivers powerful networking technology to gamers and performance users, including significant new enhancements to its Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology and the all new Killer Control Center. In addition to detecting and optimally prioritizing your games, video, and voice applications with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology, the Killer E2500 also detects and manages 500+ of the top global websites.”

The networking performance is said to be improved considerably with the new controller and software, with "Lag and Latency Reduction Technology":

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“Through its patented technology, Killer is able to get network packets to your applications and web browsers up to 25% faster than the competition during single application usage, and potentially by more than 10x faster when multitasking.”

As I quickly realized when reviewing the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 last year, the software is just as important as the hardware with a Killer adapter. For the new E2500, the Killer Control Center has been re-designed, to provide “users full control of all aspects of their system’s networking performance”.

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Rivet Networks describes the functionality of this Killer Control Center software, which allows users to control:

  • The priority of each application and popular website
  • The bandwidth used by each application and popular website
  • The Killer interface that each application is going over
  • The total bandwidth being used by system

I found that enabling the Killer Software bandwidth management to significantly affect latency when gaming (which you can see here, again revisiting the AC 1535 review), and Rivet Networks is confident that this new system will offer even better performance. We’ll know exactly how this new controller and software performs once we have one of the new motherboards featuring this E2500 controller onboard.


September 15, 2016 | 06:24 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

I'll stick with the tried and true Intel NICs, thanks. Let me know when we start seeing killer NICs in servers and we'll have something to talk about.

September 15, 2016 | 07:02 PM - Posted by Shadowarez

or a standalone pci add in card so we arent stuck with shtty crippled boards,

September 16, 2016 | 10:09 AM - Posted by BSG (not verified)

The only thing this does is rate-limit other app's. It might be smart about it, but its hardly anything magical, and its all happening in software (not the hardware).

For similar effect, you can set a rate limit on your torrent client.

September 18, 2016 | 07:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Most of the latency comes from the internet connection itself, and for traffic shapping i could use cfosspeed or netlimiter.

What again do i need those "killer nics" for? I'm going with Shambles and stick to Intel NICs.

September 20, 2016 | 05:13 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

I'm just wondering how many people that buy motherboards with these even use the software anyway. I also find Intel NICs are still the best. I suspect that most folks (like me) just want to plug in the internet in and play or stream. We don't have the time or patience to mess with damn software that will supposedly making your connection better, blah blah blah.

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