Day of Defeat: Source and FEAR

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The frame rate on DoD: Source saw a modest 5% or so gain using the Killer NIC on Windows Vista.

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Last time I reported the testing in Day of Defeat: Source I told you that even though the ping times didn’t show any difference between the Killer NIC and the on-board NIC, I could “feel” something different in the actual game play.  The same still exists in our testing on Windows Vista, as again the ping rates look identical on both test systems.

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Our testing in FEAR showed another modest FPS increase: 7.5% this time.  BigFoot Networks is adamant that the FPS increase with FEAR on Vista is very often much more than this, up to 20% or more in some cases, but I didn’t see that in my tests. 

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Unlike in Windows XP, where we saw basically no ping improvements in FEAR, the Killer NIC K1 while running under Vista saw an average decrease of 10% in latency times.  That’s a pretty interesting result and seems to fit with what BigFoot Networks was telling us about Vista’s networking stack.

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