New Killer 1550 Wireless-AC module targets gamers with gigabit speeds

New Killer 1550 Wireless-AC module targets gamers with gigabit speeds

At CES 2018, Rivet Networks has taken the wraps off of its latest wireless adapter targeted at the gaming crowd, the Killer Wireless-AC 1550. Created as part of a collaboration with Intel, the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is chocked with features that are meant to smooth out online gaming with speedy performance and minimal latency.

The wireless chip takes advantage of Killer's networking tech to prioritize gaming and streaming traffic. Combined with "Intel's most advanced wireless chipset, "the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 can hit theoretical throughput speeds of 1.73 Gbps, Rivet Networks says. It's worth emphasizing that those speeds are theoretical, so you're unlikely to achieve them. However, that should give an indication of what this module is capable of handling.

Killer 1550

On top of its intelligent handling of streaming and gaming traffic, the 1550 is also paired with a new Killer Control Center, where you can manage specific apps and websites. From Rivet Networks:

The Killer 1550 debuts a new and improved Killer Control Center that lets users manage priorities by category in addition to specific applications and websites. The Killer Control Center shows which applications and websites use bandwidth, and enables users to optimize performance by adjusting priorities and setting bandwidth limits. The Killer 1550 automatically detects over 500 popular websites and now allows users to add their own favorite websites to the extensive list of what is already detected.

As for availability, Rivet Networks says that the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 will be available first in Dell-Alienware and MSI products starting this month.

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