revealing its first NIC / GPU combo card to us at Computex, Bigfoot Networks has taken the wraps off of its second. This go 'round, the outfit is partnering with VisionTek to produce the VisionTek Killer HD 5770, a single PCIe card that combines an AMD Radeon HD 5770 GPU (with 1GB of GDDR5 memory) and a Killer E2100 networking card. All told, buyers are presented with two DVI ports, a single HDMI output and a gigabit Ethernet jack. The card is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP, and put simply, it's designed to both improve your frame rates (that's AMD's role) and lower your latency / jitter (hello, Bigfoot!). The NIC portion actually has a 400MHz onboard processor that helps minimize the impact of slight changes in your connection, and Bigfoot's management software will be thrown in for good measure. The board is expected to hit North American retail shops within a fortnight or so, with the $199.99 asking price representing a ~$10 savings compared to buying an HD 5770 GPU and Killer 2100 separately. Oh, and you get a pretty sick dragon, too.
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VisionTek Killer HD 5770 combo NIC / GPU
VISIONTEK LAUNCHES WORLD'S FIRST ONLINE GAMING UPGRADE CARD FOR PCS
VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 Combines Graphics and Networking to Supercharge Your PC
INVERNESS, IL. and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - December 1, 2010 -VisionTek Products and Bigfoot Networks today announced the launch of the VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770, the world's first single-card, PCI Express solution combining Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 game networking technology and AMD Radeon™ HD 5000 graphics family technology to supercharge mainstream PCs for online gaming.
The Killer™ HD 5770 is a one-card, one-slot solution that combines leading-edge graphics and networking to give consumers explosive HD gaming performance for today's hottest online titles. The Killer™ HD 5770 card uses the AMD Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics processing unit (GPU) to deliver Microsoft® DirectX® 11 support, multimonitor setup and 7.1 audio via HDMI output. The Killer™ HD 5770 card also uses the Killer™ E2100 platform to deliver blazing-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking optimized for online gameplay. The Killer™ E2100 platform is a new, embedded version of the award-winning Killer™ 2100 gaming network card developed by Bigfoot Networks.
Benefits of the VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 card include:
• Multiple Displays – Immersive gaming with multidisplay capabilities
• Game Networking Performance – Whether you're playing MMOs or first-person shooters, the Killer™ E2100 platform delivers fast networking with a new level of online gaming performance and a competitive edge
• Intelligence – The Killer™ E2100 platform identifies and accelerates traffic to your game with Advanced Game Detect™ for unmatched online gaming performance
• Maximum Control – See which applications are hogging PC bandwidth. Set limits using Visual Bandwidth Control™ or shut them down completely with Application Blocking, so they don't interfere with online games
• Visibility – Monitor and manage gaming rig health and performance with at-a-glance Online Gaming PC Monitor™
"The VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 card is the only upgrade card specifically designed to combine high-quality graphics and low-latency networking for gaming," said Michael Innes, COO & EVP of VisionTek Products, LLC. "We are pleased to offer our customers unrivaled online gaming performance with the unprecedented convenience of a single plug-and-play card."
"With the Killer™ HD 5770, players with mainstream PCs can turbocharge their systems at a fraction of the cost of a new PC," said Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks. "Bigfoot Networks pursues strategic initiatives with companies like VisionTek because of its shared commitment to offering unique, intelligent products to demanding gamers."
"VisionTek has been a strategic partner for nearly 10 years and brings extremely innovative AMD design concepts to the North American market," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD's GPU Division. "We rely on our leading partners to expand on our technology reach. VisionTek once again delivers on that directive with its new Killer™ HD 5770 launch."
The VisionTek Killer™ HD 5770 gaming graphics and network card will be available in early December through North American online and retail channels at an MSRP of $199.99 USD. Visit http://www.visiontek.com to learn more.
About VisionTek Products, LLC
VisionTek is a leading supplier of PC enhancement products to retailers and consumers. Based out of Inverness, IL, VisionTek brings the most innovative and best performing products to the PC enthusiast consumer market. Information about VisionTek products is available at http://www.visiontek.com.
About Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks is a leading networking technology company that develops hardware and software solutions that significantly improve the online gaming experience. Its products are designed to provide maximum network performance for online gaming and other real time applications. To learn more, visit Bigfoot Networks at http://www.bigfootnetworks.com.