Built for intense online games and real-time Internet applications, our Killer™ technology platforms use a Network Processing Unit and a variety of exclusive technologies to provide unprecedented Performance, Intelligence and Control for networking products from Qualcomm Atheros and our valued partners. See below for a description and examples of the exclusive technologies that go into our Killer products.
How do we get our incredible Performance, Intelligence, and Control?
Game Networking DNA™: Combining the benefits of a dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) and a stunning array of exclusive technologies, our Game Networking DNA is in every product we make. These amazing technologies fuel our relentless pursuit of Performance, Intelligence and Control and make Killer-based products the choice for casual and professional gamers alike.
Network Processing Unit: At the heart of every Killer product, is a fast, dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) that classifies, prioritizes and manages network traffic, so your CPU and Windows® can take care of other critical, game-related tasks. Standard network cards or onboard network parts require a lot of help from Windows to do everything they do and can severely impact game and real-time multimedia performance.
CPU Offload: Games are hard on your PC. The CPU is very busy running the game, but it still has to handle all the network traffic coming in and out of your PC. While some level of multitasking is supported, this can present performance challenges to even multi-core CPUs in the form of interrupts or task swapping. Our CPU Offload technology lets the CPU run your game, while Killer takes care of networking tasks, giving you the performance you expect from your high-end CPU and gaming rig.
Windows Network Stack Bypass: By sending game traffic around the Windows Network Stack, we can get game data from the network and to the game fast, without waiting for multiple Windows operations to classify, sort and prepare the data.
Advanced Stream Detect™: Killer Wireless-N modules eyeball wireless traffic and automatically prioritize it, paying special attention to streaming applications like Skype, video chat programs, streaming music, and of course, online games. By detecting and managing this critical, latency-sensitive traffic, Killer Wireless Technology ensures that whatever you do wirelessly isn't interrupted by other traffic coming to your laptop. Besides, who really wants to interrupt that Street Fighter IV tutorial video with an email alert from a Nigerian prince?
Plug and Play: You'd think all of this was very complicated, and it is, but Game Networking DNA makes it so that you don't need to install patches or mods or updates to your favorite games. Install a Killer Gaming Network Card, install the drivers and you're up and running in your favorite online game.
Visual Bandwidth Control™: See all the programs using your network at once. Then adjust the bandwidth they use by adjusting easy-to-use sliders, so you can download a large file and continue to surf the web without lag, or give your game absolute priority and your voice chat program secondary priority. Keep your total bandwidth picture up-to-date with our built-in Bandwidth Tester, and use that information to keep all your programs connected smoothly.
Application Blocker: Some programs just don't know when to keep their traps shut. "A New Update For Your Crazy Cat Toolbar And Malware Delivery System Is Available!" Tired of those messages popping up when you're suiting up for your raid? Block any application from ever getting to the network with our Application Blocker, and get more security and performance from your connection.
Online Gaming PC Monitor™: Ever experience a slowdown in your online game and wonder what caused it? With our exclusive PC Monitor, you can find out where the problem is with our at-a-glance graphs and detailed logging. Did your framerate drop, or was it your local network also? See your ping, framerate, offloaded traffic and lots more with our PC Monitor feature.