Intel Ethernet controller on the left, Doubleshot on the right. For example, ISP speeds are just a fraction of home network bandwidth or a server attached to a network with a single gigabit NIC gigabit fiber is as fast as it gets for most, and your typical cable or DSL connection is far slower at megabits or less. Without rule adjustments, file copy operations get routed off to Wi-Fi where they languish at low speeds. Although the specs still favor Intel in terms of driver polish, DPC latency and extended features, those solutions are also more expensive. If you’re buying a premium motherboard expressly for the “gaming” networking features, you’d be better off spending that money elsewhere. Even on a LAN, most router ports are limited to the speed of gigabit Ethernet as are the local servers’ Ethernet cards themselves. The answer is pretty mundane, and it comes down to drivers.

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With a single exception, no tests or combination of settings made any difference, even when two or more separate local servers were accessed for copy operations, a nstworks scenario configuration that bypasses some bandwidth limits.

Killer Network Manager Suite

Most people will be able to tell you that the “Killer Ethernet” is fairy pointless, I didn’t buy the laptop for it at any rate. Badly written drivers can stall an otherwise smoothly operating set of real-time tasks, which are handled by Deferred Procedure Calls DPC at the kernel level.

Picking a motherboard with the right feature list for this test was easy. The reality is that bandwidth limitations outside the computer, and thus control of the Killer Network Manager, are almost always responsible for the bottlenecks in online gaming. This predictably results in slower overall operation and produces some embarrassing results, especially in general use, with no measurable advantages gained in return.


The problem comes from the extended driver package for gamers that tries to combine these separate controllers via the Killer network manager. That generally means Intel, which has the resources to sweat the details. This is meant to ensure the latest games and important software get fast-lane bandwidth privileges.

The truth is less clear cut. Home Help Search Login Register. When run with the latest downloaded rules, network file copy operations are shunted to Wi-Fi in a fruitless quest to preserve network speed, even when no high-priority network tasks are in evidence. Ethernet vs DoubleShot internet results.

You can add my voice to the chorus that recommends using it from first install. In any case, torrent packages also offer effective bandwidth controls of their own.

This adds bandwidth control and network priority rules to the mix and allows simultaneous use of all network controllers to assist with routing. But balancing between asymmetric networking interfaces is notoriously difficult, often causing more problems than it solves, and testing the Killer network manager revealed this remains the case.

The idea behind gaming oriented NICs network interface controllers seems great: Besides questionable test results, the software has a long history of annoying users, and while newer packages have filed off some of the sharp edges, I still experienced settings that would not retain changes after reboot and network rules that applied arbitrarily.

First, because removing the killer Ethernet software is part of the goal here you should go to control panel and uninstall the existing bigfoot killer Ethernet package from “Programs and Features”.


Fortunately, there are alternatives. Yes, you may be able to slightly reduce the load on your wired connection by shunting secondary data over to wi-fi, if killee running background processes.

Killer Network Manager Suite

But from what we’ve seen in our testing, it simply doesn’t make the dramatic difference the advertising claims. Despite claims and plenty of promise, no.

Although the specs still favor Intel in terms of driver polish, DPC latency and extended features, those solutions iiller also more expensive.

GO show no dramatic differences in server ping times or gaming experience beyond normal network variation. Long-time gamers might remember this technology from different manufacturers over the years, but the concept remains the same.

How is it possible that in this ideal environment, improvements were so difficult to find? D intel is a good company. Another issue is the mixture of Wi-Fi and networkss Ethernet.

As such you can download newer, unmodified drivers from Atheros directly, just google for: Gaming results in the real world shadowed the benchmarks closely. This is the experience out of the box. I take it you didn’t try those first? They cause more problems than they solve. I recommend using the drivers with no software, as they tend to just work and not cause problems. Intel Ethernet controller on the left, Doubleshot on the right.