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Killer 2100 NIC review

Killing any hope for third-party network interface cards

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Our Verdict

As with the original Killer NIC M1, the Killer 2100 is just too expensive. It may have dropped in price, but compared to the networking that you already have inside your machine, £94 seems a lot to pay for the smallest of improvements.

For

  • Improves ping rates
  • Smoother framerates

Against

  • Improvements are tiny
  • Still too expensive for what you get


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The Killer 2100 shows some improvements over the integrated Intel 82567LF-2 network controller in our test rig, but the difference is so slight as to be almost impossible to detect in real terms.

We did see a small boost in the framerates in Lead and Gold, but it was hardly game changing.

In World of Warcraft the framerates were untouched, but the latency did improve. Unfortunately the results were significantly slower than when using a common tweak that disables the Nagle algorithm to boost TCP/IP performance.

Gaming latency

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Gaming performance

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MMO gaming latency

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