Killer NIC Shown to Improve Online Game Play in Windows Vista

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Bigfoot Networks published a white paper about Microsoft® Windows® Vista operating system's performance during online game play. After extensive testing on both Windows XP and Windows Vista using such games as Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R. and World of Warcraft, the results showed that Vista's networking stack not only didn't improve online game play -- it often introduced more Lag than its predecessor, Windows® XP. Additional test runs using the Killer NIC on identical systems demonstrated the Killer provided greater benefits on systems running Vista than XP.

Vista does offer many new networking features, but they are mostly focused on throughput performance

Windows Vista's Focus on Throughput not Ideal for Gaming.

Bigfoot Networks, makers of the Killer NIC, today published a white paper about Microsoft® Windows® Vista operating system's performance during online game play. After extensive testing on both Windows XP and Windows Vista using such games as Battlefield 2, F.E.A.R. and World of Warcraft, the results showed that Vista's networking stack not only didn't improve online game play -- it often introduced more Lag than its predecessor, Windows® XP. Additional test runs using the Killer NIC on identical systems demonstrated the Killer provided greater benefits on systems running Vista than XP.

"Vista does offer many new networking features, but they are mostly focused on throughput performance," said Harlan Beverly, co-founder and CEO of Bigfoot Networks. "Games rely on low latency as opposed to throughput, and Vista sacrifices precious latency in favor of added throughput and security. Fortunately when you add the Killer NIC to the equation you can significantly increase latency performance by bypassing the Vista networking stack."

According to the white paper authored by Harlan 'Tytus' Beverly, CEO of Bigfoot Networks and the inventor of the Killer NIC, the benefits of Killer were generally higher on Vista than on an identical system running XP. On Vista, Killer reduced Ping anywhere from 7% to 41% and improved Frames-Per-Second anywhere from 5% to 40% depending on the game being played.

For more details, go download the white paper which can be found here: http://www.killernic.com./KillerNic/PDFs/Vista_Online_Gaming_White_Paper_Final%20(3).pdf

For more information on how the Killer NIC and how it improves online gaming, please visit the Killer NIC website: http://www.killernic.com

About the Killer™ NIC
The Killer NIC is a Network Interface Card powered by LLR Technology and offers gamers superior speed and performance in their online games. The Killer NIC has a 400 MHz Network Processing Unit (NPU) and 64 MB of dedicated RAM is one of the first applications of Corporate Network Acceleration Technology introduced to the consumer market. The Killer NIC offers improved gaming performance, standard NIC functionality and has an onboard USB 2.0 port as part of its Flexible Network Architecture, which allows gamers to write their own embedded Linux applications to run on the NPU. Killer runs on PCs that run the Microsoft Windows XP operating system.

About Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks, the company responsible for the development of LLR™ Technology and the award winning Killer™ NIC, is an innovative Austin-based start-up dedicated to making the online gaming experience both faster and smoother. The company develops networking hardware products that improve performance and reduce Lag in online video games. Bigfoot Networks has won numerous awards, including a 2005 Fortune Small Business Award and the prestigious 2005 Moot Corp Competition at the University of Texas.

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