They showed benchmarks, and the performance gain was negligible.... ESPECIALLY for a network card well over $100. Plus a lot of the features it has, like prioritizing packets from games over packets from other applications, are available on newer motherboards using the NVidia Network Access Manager. Pretty much the only benefit of having one is saying "I have a dedicated network processor with it's own cache memory"..... which will probably only benefit you if you're trying to make yourself the biggest laughing stock on any tech forum.
yeah .... i think the idea is neato ..but looking at the mobos ... i think using a sound blaster along with 2 8800's leaves little to zero room for anything else in the pci category ... if they had a pci-e version i might be apt to try one for shyts n giggles ... but not the way it stands now ..and definitely not at the 300 price.
looking at newegg reviews ...the first several do seem quite "suspicious" for sure ...and then going on through them they seem to get worse and worse. Odd there is barely any negative feedback on bigfoots own forum.
im expanding my knowledge with computer components ...mostly because my business dictates i need to know much about anything and everything to do with home theater and the ever growing media center tied in with home theater equaling a total home entertainment and control center.
FYI ... a customer of mine and I did chance some cash on 2 8800gts (from another thread here) one is xfx 8800gts 640mb and one is evga 8800gts 640mb and it does work flawlessly in sli.
Its a linux router on a pci card. you already got one sat infront of your cable/dsl uplink and the tcp stack in linux is inferior to the one in XP, Vista and BSD. CPU offload is redundant these days. Server class cards are dropping it you don't need it.