World of Warcraft

Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC Review - General Tech 41

Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC Review - General Tech 42

In our World of Warcraft test, the frame rate does see a slight increase, most noteably in the minimum FPS, up nearly 14%.  The average frame rate though sees very little improvement. 

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Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC Review - General Tech 44

But look at this: the latency in WoW was decreased by more than 35%!  This was not a fluke either, as the results were run 10 times and on various days to make sure the results were repeatable. 

I decided to run our WoW test on another system as well; one that was older and slower and belonged to a friend of mine that is a hardcore WoW player.  His system struggles under the load of WoW with the CPU pegged at 100% the entire time he is in game.

  • Athlon XP 3200+
  • nForce 2 Chipset
  • 1GB DDR333
  • 6600 GT 128MB

These system specs are actually below the recommended system specifications from Bigfoot Networks, but you’ll see the results are quite impressive none the less.

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Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC Review - General Tech 46

Here we finally see what the Killer NIC is capable of doing!  This system configuration saw a 28% increase in average frame rate with the Killer NIC installed.

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Not only did the frame rate increase dramatically, but the ping rate was also significantly lower; 20% to be exact.  With a big increase in frame rate and much lower latency, he was definitely disappointed when I took the card back.

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