The Tech Report took a look at Bigfoot Networks' Killer NIC network to find out if this special and very expensive network card is any good for gamers.
Bigfoot Networks thinks it can change that with the Killer NIC, a network card the company claims reduces lag and improves overall responsiveness in online games. Lag is the scourge of online gaming—a very real impediment to serious players and an almost universal excuse for the poor performance of the rest of us. Surely, the promise of eliminating a problem so widespread would have gamers lined up ready to open their wallets. But the Killer NIC costs around $250, and that's a big ask for a component we've grown accustomed to getting for free.
I've spent the last few weeks exploring the Killer NIC's impact on lag and game responsiveness, and I've come away rather surprised by the results. Are those results, combined with the Killer's other unique capabilities, worth $250? Read on to find out.
Check it out over here. They conclude that the card really helps to reduce lag when there's lots of action on the screen. But the question remains whether you're willing to shelve out $250 bucks for the Killer NIC.