Hi All! Thought I would write up something of interest. As many know I have been a part of Stratics since 99 and also know that I am into System building, repair, retail, connection/optimization and of course UO. I thought I would give you all the low down on the new Evga Killer Xeno Pro Network Card and its effects on your system as well as of course UO! So what is this card all about, Well let me do some copy & paste magic and show you. The Killer Xeno gaming network cards deliver the ultimate online gaming experience, decreasing latency and offering better framerates, thus enabling smoother gameplay. Key features of the Killer Xeno include: PCIe interface: provides for higher throughput. Killer Xeno NPU: dedicated smart packet processor for all network operations, ensures the delivery of time-sensitive data like game control and VoIP. Plug-and-play compatibility with all games. Windows network stack bypass: provides for direct to game interrupts. Integrated audio chip: offloads VoIP operations to Killer Xeno NPU for “hiccup-free” voice communications while gaming. On board RAM (256 MB/Ultra and 128/Pro): enables applications such as firewall, VoIP chat and bandwidth control to run on the card simultaneously with no system performance degradation. Firewall: stops intruders with zero gaming performance impact. Based on robust Linux iptable implementation. Bandwidth control: prioritize network traffic for each application by setting bandwidth priorities and max/min limits through a simple interface. Onboard status display: Xeno Ultra model includes a customizable LED display for caller ID, network statistics, game information or any user-customized messages. The Killer Xeno comes in two form factors, Killer Xeno Ultra with 256MB of on board ram, OnBoard Status Display and Killer Xeno Pro with 128MB of on board ram. Both models include audio processing for VoIP chat. Ok, So I ordered one of these from my supplier and it arrived today. Before the install, I documented my ping from Missouri to Sonoma.owo.com using UOtrace. The Computer (kind of old, but reliable) Custom built by me :} AMD Athlon 939 4800+ dual Core CPU 2mb L2 Cache Motherboard - Asus A8N32SLI Deluxe Ram - 2GB DDR1 OCZ Platinums HD - 1TB 32MB Cache Seagate 7200rpm Video - Old 7300GT Nvidia Card PCIE16 2 Off the wall DvD drives 1 an ancient floppy drive 512gb External Zulman air cooled Ok so this machine is my old gaming rig which over the past year has been turned into a Web,FTP,Mail server as well as a web developing machine and of course like a lot of folks I have all sorts of apps running now like msn and yahoo messenger, ICQ, Antivirus, and other stuff running in the background. Which it isn't really set up for a dedicated gaming rig which it should be. Keep this in mind if you will. Now what is suggested by the manufacturer and other users of this product is that you should disable any other network cards you have through the bios before installing the Xeno. This is true, but what they don't tell you is that if you need to copy down your IP settings if you have a special (static) connection. Be sure to check first. If you obtain an IP address automatically (DHCP) then you should have no problems. After this disable the current network card through the bios and uninstall the drivers then shut the system down. The Xeno comes with a PCIe X1 connection type, but it will fit in any PCIE slot from 1X to 16X for those who are worried about finding room for the card. Installing is a breeze. Unplug your comp and take it to your kitchen table. Unscrew the cover of your PC and remove it. The first rule, besides unplugging the PC from the power outlet is to ground yourself so no static charge will arc across and ruin you motherboard. The right method is to use a grounding strap, but you can simply use a copper wire around the wrist with the other end screwed to the power supply as a ground. I usually ground myself in this method. Before installing the Nic, you should get rid of any dust bunnies inside the case. Dust bunnies can cause a lot of problems. For instance a fan can be clogged by a dust bunnies and can cause sudden system failures, the pc suddently shuts off, it can lead to overheating and cook your CPU etc. So get rid of them with a can of Air that you can find at any Wal-Mart in the electronics area. After you have eradicated the dust bunnies, it is time to install the Xeno. Simply and firmly seat it into the PCIE slot and screw it down. Button up the case, and reconnect the cables and fire it up, and install the drivers from the accompanied installation disk. The Results - Ok, you might say big woop, right? 6ms, big deal, well that is not the power of the Xeno, not fully. It is the off loading of the network packets, and freeing up CPU cycles. When I rebooted after the install, my computer went into hyper mode. I was amazed and at this time it isn't fully optimized or overclocked in any fashion. Right now my Ethies have jet packs strapped on!