When Qualcomm Atheros launched its gaming-optimized Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo card about a month ago, the silence was deafening; the component launched without a single OEM manufacturer on board, meaning you couldn't actually, you know, find it inside any laptops. That changes today, as the company announced that Dell's Alienware gaming notebooks will sport the Killer Wireless-N 1202 heading into the future.
"Gamers everywhere depend on Alienware to deliver superior experiences that help them achieve that 'epic win'," Alienware general manager Frank Azor said in the press release, though we're not sure why "epic win" is bracketed by quotation marks. "Integrating the Killer Wireless N-1202 technology—another first from Alienware—allows gamers to experience exceptional online gaming."
The card combines Bluetooth capabilities with a 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi module capable of up to 300Mbps throughput and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum functionality, while the card's Killer Network Manager graphical UI lets you tinker with bandwidth and priorities on an application level.
The Killer Wireless-N 1202 also packs in Wi-Fi Direct capabilities and Qualcomm Atheros' Advanced Stream Detection technology, which can "automatically classify and prioritize latency-sensitive network traffic for online games, HD video and high-quality audio to maximize your online experience."
Have you played around with a Killer Wireless card? What were your experiences with it? Does it bring much to the table gaming traffic-wise?