Visiontek intros GPU/NIC hybrid, but why should gamers bother?

By Matthew ยท 15 replies
Dec 1, 2010
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  1. Visiontek and Bigfoot have developed a PCI Express x16 expansion board that features both a GPU and NIC, which is billed as the "world's first online gaming upgrade card." The single-slot card combines a Radeon HD 5770 with Bigfoot's Killer E2100 network controller and is said to be the only PCIe expansion device that marries high-quality graphics with low-latency networking.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I think it's a bad idea, especially with a year old mainstream card. lol

    You're definitely right
  3. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    I'm guessing maybe they had leftover 5770's and decided they would test and see if there's a market for cards like this. Would def be cheaper than buying new 6870's. Idk that's as much sense as I can make out of it and even that doesn't make complete sense. lol
  4. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    She's lookin' fine to me...Yep, i wouldn't mind a stroke of that circuit board. XD

    'The single-slot card'...It's only single-slot if you don't try to put anything next to it, because as we can clearly see it takes up the same room as a double...So in effect, although it only needs one slot, most motherboards (most i've seen) have slots close together, so it might as well take up 2 slots because when it's in, nothing can go in that other slot it's sat next to...

    Jeez, i'm a moaner sometimes :D
  5. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Good concept and idea for product differentiation, but stupidly bad pricing and product pairing. I can't believe this was even approved for production.

    The NIC should have been attached to a premium product like the GTX 480 or 5870 because people shopping within that range are more likely to justify the extra amount and nifty feature, whereas a midrange card buyer would deem the NIC totally superfluous.
  6. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    The first qustion that came to my mind after reading the article was: "which market are they targeting?" second one... "was any research done before releasing this??" I would be surprised if they sell more than maybe a thousand units...
  7. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 236   +50

    I had the Killer NIC and it was the worst $150 I ever spent on my PC. Total snake oil, did absolutely nothing for me. Why would you waste money on an aging video card lubricated in snake oil.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    "MOM! I wanted a 6780 not a 5770, you totally ruined Christmas for me, I hate you!"
    "I'm sorry honey, the man at the store said this is a great gift for someone who likes games."
  9. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    Store issues a refund, kid gets the real graphics card he wanted and never bothers with the super duper NIC.

    True story bro.
  10. jonelsorel

    jonelsorel TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Someone at top of that firm is obviously taking decisions while asleep.
  11. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    "MOM! I wanted a 6780 not a 5770, you totally ruined Christmas for me, I hate you!"
    "I'm sorry honey, the man at the store said this is a great gift for someone who likes games."

  12. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    Really now, people considering the E2100 would probably also consider a 6800-series card... Maybe this 5770-project was a bit overdue?
  13. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    So, why not just buy the standalone E2100 outright?
  14. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    I think it's a nice idea but hey should go 'back to the drawing board' and redesign it for the 69.. series cards or the GTX 5 series =/
  15. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Why would I need a separate NIC ? Isn't the one built into the motherboard good enough ? For the money, they might as well strapped a second 5770 GPU to the PCB.
  16. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    So...confused...where do I plug the phone in at??!?!

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