Killer Networking owner acquired by Intel

midian182

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Killer Networking products are aimed at gamers looking to gain an edge in online matches by minimizing latency and ensuring less lag. With the Intel purchase, its portfolio of wireless chips, ethernet controllers, and management software will all integrate with Chipzilla’s Wireless Solutions Group—part of Intel’s Client Computing Group.

Intel never revealed how much it paid for Rivet Networks. It did say that the company’s software solutions would be licensed out so other firms can "develop new solutions for broader PC connectivity enhancement." The Killer Network brand will continue, with Intel selling the wired and wireless controllers to consumers, businesses, and commercial customers.

"Rivet Networks is a terrific complement to our existing Wi-Fi products and helps us further our vision of delivering PC platforms that power every person's greatest contribution," said Intel CVP Chris Walker. "Rivet Networks' products deliver speed, intelligence and control for gamers and performance users."

Intel and Rivet Networks do have a previous relationship. Intel handled the manufacturing of the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 NIC, and in April, the pair teamed up on Killer's Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 card, which has appeared in the new Dell XPS 17, among others.

While the acquisition will benefit Intel, it could be bad news for AMD. When asked if PC makers could sell Killer products in Ryzen PCs, Intel said: "It's probably too early to comment on that one."

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fadingfool

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The wired solution works well - just never ever use the wireless "network stream detect" mode. Ever.
 

scavengerspc

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They're fine as long as you never install the management software. If you do, you just get random latency spikes or dropped packets.

I'm actually glad Intel bought them, now we might get some better drivers and software.
I wish I could thumbs up a post twice. My laptop has a 1650X and it is an absolute mess with the software front end installed. And another thumbs up for better drivers.
 
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Privery

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I wonder what internet providers can actually allow these cards to run at their full potential
The best down in my city you can get is 200+mbps and 50+ up
 

scavengerspc

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I wonder what internet providers can actually allow these cards to run at their full potential
The best down in my city you can get is 200+mbps and 50+ up
Well I will be able to find out towards the year or early 2021. My current connection is 250\20 but Fidelity Communications is going to offer gigabit internet then and anyone on the 250 mbps will get it for the same price.
 
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texasrattler

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I wonder what internet providers can actually allow these cards to run at their full potential
The best down in my city you can get is 200+mbps and 50+ up
Depends on what on you mean by full potential. All any nic does is give you a connection. Nics have come a long way and some are much better than others now. Killer nics try n do deliever better performance than the average nic. My linksys wrt32x uses a killer nic built in and has given lower ms in games than my last 2 netgear routers. Imo killer nic cards work n can give help in gaming by giving a better/lower ms which will result in better gameplay n performance.
 

OortCloud

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If they can just make my 'killer network card' behave like a normal bog-standard network adapter I will be happy. Worst driver since the old AMD Radeon cards in the 90s.