This year at CES, one of the biggest announcements was Gigabyte unveiling their G1-Killer Series motherboards. This new series of motherboards has gamers in mind with a Killer E2100 Dedicated network processing unit and Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) on the motherboard itself! No need to go out and buy a Killer NIC or a dedicated sound card. These are the two features that stand out on the motherboard the most, but there are a quite a few others. Did I also mention this motherboard has an ammo clip on it? Read on to check it out!
During CES 2010, I met with John Drewry, Killer NIC maker Bigfoot Networks‘ vice president of marketing. For those unfamiliar with the Killer NIC and its noble purpose, an perhaps lengthy introduction and explanation is due. The Killer NIC provides increased performance for online gaming via a network interface card (NIC) onto which Windows can offload network communications. In layman’s terms, it’s to networking what a video card is for graphics: the CPU in a system could handle the graphics or network communications, but a specialized processor can do it much faster. Whereas a video is often called a graphics processing unit (GPU), the Killer NIC can be called an NPU, a network processing unit.