The KillerNIC has had an odd relationship with the PC world, with most reviewers initial impression being that of a solution in search of a problem. In some cases when a person wanted to get fancy with downloading torrents, especially when they were gaming online at the same time, the initial product did offer some advantages. From there it found its self integrated onto some high end motherboards, offering more features than a regular gigabit NIC but again offering limited benefits.
New to the market is the Bigfoot Killer-N 1102 Wireless N device, integrated into some new laptops. AnandTech had a chance to try it out; once they could determine a way to review a wireless device. Finally it seems that BigFoot managed to knock one out of the park, the performance was significantly better than what is offered by the current generic wireless NICs present in most laptops. Check out why it is such an improvement in their full review.
"With that out of the way, let’s discuss what Bigfoot brings to the table, specifically with their Killer 1102 part. Note that there is a faster Killer 1103 part now shipping with 3×3:3 MIMO support; we will try to get a sample for future testing, but for now we’ll confine our benchmarks to the 1102. The core hardware actually comes from a well-known wireless networking company, Atheros. The 1102 uses the AR9382 wireless chipset, but Bigfoot has added their own “special sauce” to improve performance."
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