There isn’t a whole lot to say here. The Killer 2100 NIC was let down by the software and drivers. As a result it stopped me doing a fair comparison to see if it really does beat onboard and even then, by enough to warrant the high price tag.
With what I saw and experienced there is nothing I can recommend about the Killer 2100. It caused no end of problems; from instability to stopping other devices working. For an item retailing at around £70 this leaves a disappointing feeling especially when it all seems down to the software.
With better software, I have a feeling tests could be performed successfully and a fair comparison to onboard NICs, generic PCI/PCIe NICs and the Killer 2100 can be made but with such a high price tag it, in my eyes, would need to do something really special for there to be value for money to end users.
Overall, it’s a shame this turned out the way it did. I was really intrigued at how it would live up to what is advertised but wasn’t able to test it out and hope that the software and drivers are improved in the future because from people I know and from forum posts I’ve read, this is not an isolated case.
NOTE: Please note that since this review has been published Bigfoot Networks Inc. have been in contact with CCL. It appears that the product reviewed may have been faulty or suffered from an incompatibility. CCL is now working with Bigfoot Networks regarding re-testing and validating the results of this review in the interests of fairly representing the product to our customers.