Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC & Killer K1 Network Cards
Published: 21st March 2007 | Source: Killer NIC | Price: |
I can honestly say that I never thought I'd be performing a review on a network card and talking about it's appearance. After all, up until the Killer NIC was released a network card was possibly one of the most dull components you could plug into a PCI slot.
Both cards come well packaged in flashy cardboard boxes that would certainly stand out on any retailers shelves. Included inside is a driver disk, some Killer NIC stickers and a CD with a compilation of budget games. The more expensive of the two cards (the "Killer NIC") also comes with a full version of F.E.A.R!
The Killer K1 (pictured to the right of the Killer NIC), is essentially the same card as the Killer NIC but without the elaborate heatsink. Bigfoot Networks have also clocked the core down from 400mhz to 333mhz and disabled the USB port. I wouldn't like to speculate, but I can imagine that a firmware flash of the Killer K1 would be all it takes to bring it to Killer NIC status.
• 32-bit, high-performance superscalar core
• 1260 MIPS @ 667 MHz
• Double-precision floating point, integer, load/store, system register, and branch processor units
• 32 KB data and 32 KB instruction cache with line locking support
• DDR memory controller, up to 333 MHz data rate, with a 32-bit interface with ECC
• Dual PCI interfaces
• Dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet controllers
• Embedded security engine
• Dual Hi-Speed USB controllers
• Local bus controller
• Dual UART (DUART)
• Dual I2C interfaces (master or slave mode)
• Four-channel DMA controller
• Serial peripheral interface (SPI)
• General-purpose parallel I/O (GPIO)
• IEEE 1149.1 JTAG test access port
• Package: 672-pin, 35 mm x 35 mm TBGA (1 mm pitch)
• Process technology: 130 nm CMOS
• Voltage: 1.2V core voltage with 3.3V and 2.5V I/O