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We're slightly perplexed with VisionTek's new "Killer HD 5770" graphics card, which the company touts as the world's first online gaming upgrade card for PCs. We get the marketing behind that statement -- after all, the videocard comes with Bigfoot Networks' Killer E2100 NIC baked in -- but who exactly is this card aimed at?
If you're buying into the hype of a dedicated hardware NIC for lower pings (you can read our review of the standalone Killer 2100 here), then integrating it into a videocard makes perfect sense. Two gaming solutions, one PCI-E slot -- that's a winning combo. Buy why not use a higher end GPU, like the HD 5850, 5870, or even one of the new 6000 series cards?
For those of you interested in a mid-range card from last year with an integrated NIC, the Killer HD 5770 is the "only upgrade card specifically designed to combine high-quality graphics and low-latency networking for gaming," VisionTek says. The combo card comes with 1GB of GDDR video memory and supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, and everything else you already know about the HD 5770.
The Killer HD 5770 will be available early this month for $200.