Killer's combination of hardware and software is arguably the best example of network traffic management we've seen on a consumer device...
The Killer E2500 is a modern network controller designed with the belief that all Internet traffic should not be treated equal.
With the majority of programs now utilising network bandwidth in one way or another, it makes perfect sense for the controller to identify and prioritise data accordingly to ensure a smoother overall experience.
Understanding that both previous and new customers will need convincing, Rivet Networks has delivered stable software designed from the ground-up, and the firm's latest hardware is showcased in motherboards we anticipate will be price competitive with those featuring traditional NICs. Getting the product into people's hands is the best way to right past wrongs, and a couple of major design wins will no doubt help - in addition to the usual motherboard players, Killer products will feature in Lenovo desktops and Dell's popular line of XPS laptops.
Killer's combination of hardware and software is arguably the best example of network traffic management we've seen on a consumer device, yet while the technology answers some questions it raises plenty of others. As it stands, the benefits of the E2500 are negated if other devices on the same network are gobbling-up bandwidth, and with the modern home featuring multiple web-connected gadgets, it's surely only a matter of time until intelligent traffic management shifts from the PC to the router.
Advance Stream Detect is undoubtedly capable of delivering a better network experience, and given that many routers still struggle with basic Quality of Service (QoS), you have to wonder if Killer will soon license its technology for use in broader networking solutions.
Traffic prioritisation has genuine benefit
Requires little user configuration
Stable software and drivers
Helps prevent in-game lag
Won't solve multi-device congestion
Killer Ethernet E2500
The Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller will be available on select motherboards from MSI and Gigabite, ahead of wider availability by the end of 2016.
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