Think about the situation the place you might have a monster gaming PC, however you additionally use the identical space to assist a couple of web linked consoles. Or that the Wi-Fi router for the setting doesn’t truly attain that far, and the house may assist help with wider protection. Rivet Networks, the corporate behind the Killer networking chips (initially Bigfoot, earlier than being acquired by Qualcomm then spun again out once more), is providing OEMs one other plus level of their product performance by providing such an answer.
The idea is that this: if a system has three community ports and/or Wi-Fi, and all of the ports are Killer based mostly (E2500 for NICs, Killer AC1535 for Wi-Fi), then Rivet will present a license to make use of the brand new xTend software program. This permits a consumer to run the PC in a single a part of the home, and forgo the $25 value of an unmanaged community swap or $50 for a Wi-Fi extender by giving it on the motherboard. My private instance use case is the one above: having one cable from the house router to the primary PC, which is then hooked as much as consoles and a NAS – relatively than one cable per machine all going again to a router or having an additional couple of cables for a swap.
Rivet’s argument right here is that, for the high-end techniques a minimum of, including a few community ports is comparatively low-cost (assume ~$1 every), and given the pliability with Intel chipsets within the Z270 platform and newer, gaming board ought to simply be capable of accommodate. The implementation can use the Wi-Fi card (if one is current) to each connect with the house router and be used as an entry level in a single by time-slicing between the 2.
Not too long ago the Killer software program has been up to date to a brand new UI, so if anybody makes use of the previous Qualcomm UI then it’s value trying out the brand new one (if solely as a result of I gave some small route within the design). xTend will probably be constructed into this new UI, together with the usual precedence settings that the Killer ecosystem permits for various visitors sorts. Nominally the Killer software program gives six ranges of precedence, with the default being precedence four. All mass obtain / replace techniques get the bottom precedence (six), whereas VOIP sits on the high, adopted by gaming. With this xTend function, all visitors going from different units by way of the primary PC will probably be categorised as precedence four, though this may occasionally change (providing per-device configuration) in future software program revisions.
Killer xTend was by accident (?) introduced with the launch of MSI’s new Z270 Godlike Gaming motherboard, which makes use of three E2500 community ports and the Killer 1535 Wi-Fi module. We’re advised to count on it to look on different MSI merchandise, in addition to an implementation barely totally different from GIGABYTE by means of a bundled PCIe card that includes as much as three further community ports. It will be fascinating to see a PC with a number of of these playing cards included, for a home-made 24-port Killer swap.
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