“Bigfoot Networks has, for the past few years, been trying very hard to bring high powered, intelligent network interface cards to the desktop. We previously looked at their Killer NIC with some interesting results, and today we’ve got the Killer Xeno Pro in our labs.
The major difference between the older Killer NIC and the newer Killer Xeno Pro is the inclusion of an audio path and audio processing for voice chat acceleration. They Killer Xeno Pro also has twice the RAM of the original. Despite the improvements, one of the major benefits is that the Killer Xeno Pro will be available at a lower retail price than the Killer NIC was. Oh, and it is sort of cool to see the new hardware dialog talking about a PowerPC Processor:”
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Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130. It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. See what AnandTech thought of this card during game testing in their full article.