Wait, wait, wait just a minute, isn't the Killer E2100 Network Processing Unit a product of Bigfoot Networks? It most certainly is, but what many people don't know is that Qualcomm Atheros somewhat quietly scooped Bigfoot up a couple of months ago, a purchase that made sense considering Bigfoot was using Qualcomm hardware anyway and tweaking it with their own software. In any event, Qualcomm Atheros is now fully in charge and the company really wants to get the word out that its Killer E2100 NIC is integrated and available in new Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 motherboards based on Intel's X79 Express chipset. So does Gigabyte.
"The people who purchase our motherboards demand the ability to play games, watch movies and stream content in HD how they want and when they want without any interruption," said Tim Handley, deputy director of motherboard marketing at Gigabyte. "Killer E2100 is a perfect addition to our portfolio of motherboards based on the X79 chipset, as it delivers our customers the best in high-performance networking along with complete control of bandwidth allocation. This ensures a top-quality experience and faster-paced game play."
The Killer E2100 is a beefed up NIC tuned primarily for gaming, but also for HD video and streaming audio. Its Advanced Stream Detect feature identifies online games and other tasks and tweaks its settings for better performance, part of which includes prioritizing traffic.
In practice, Bigfoot's Killer NIC products have been a mixed bag, though improving. While it's not an apples to apples comparison to the E2100, check out our recent Head to Head pitting the Bigfoot Killer Wireless-N 1102 against Intel's Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 here.