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I figured I would start a thread where we could post benchmarks for our wireless cards, and maybe even start a data pool here. I recently received a KillerN 1202 card. I decided to run a benchmark vs the stock Intel Centrino 2230. To run this benchmark I used a program called NetStress which can be obtained here. I also ran tests on Speedtest.net , I know the speedtest.net tests are suspect, but I wanted to run them anyway. I ran each test three times and will take the average of the three. Each of the netstress tests were ran for around 5 minutes.

Some of these tests may not turn out how I expected. I would guess my weak point would be my router, a Netgear N300. The test was run using the wireless cards in my G46vw and the hardwired Gigabit Adapter in my Asus Q400a. I do not have 5Ghz capability so these tests will be run @ 2.4Ghz.

Picture of the wireless cards side by side and then my test bench. Please excuse the mess, it is in my man cave :)

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Below is 3 stresstests on the Centrino 2230

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Taking the average of the 3 you get a mean speed of 37.13 Mbits/sec

Next the three speedtest.net tests on the Centrino 2230 Throwing out upload speeds.

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Mean ping 22.3ms Mean DL 16.27 Mbits/sec

Now for the KillerN1202

NetStress tests on the KillerN1202

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Mean Speed 59.93 Mbits/sec

I felt the results were strange here, the last test lost a good bit of speed. I think it was just real world results, one of my kids or my wife got on the wifi I am sure.

Speedtest.net on KillerN1202

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Mean Ping 20.3ms Mean DL 31.29 Mbits/sec

The Killer card was noticeably better. All around it is a improvement that is quite impressive. For $50 USD I think its well worth the money. I will more than likely be snagging up some other wireless cards and testing them to start a data pool. Please feel free to ask me to run other benches and please feel free to post your own.

Cheers!

R1GG5

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50+ views and no one has any other tests they want me to run?

It makes me a saaad panda :(

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Another thread was posted the following:

[h=2]Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 WiFi Stock VS Centrino 6235 Advanced-N[/h]

On a 802.11g network with 3.5 - 4.0 MB/s peak over ethernet:

Stock: 8.5 MB/s DL

Intel Centrino 6235 Advanced-N 13 MB/s

Upload rate was nearly the same. Tests done on
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Note you can buy an extra antenna cable and probably buy the 6300 Ultimate

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Thanks a lot for your review! I missed this post. :)

I'm wondering if there is some kind of software that can bench WiFi cards in a way that does not depend on your network, router, computer etc. so we could compare them. If I understood correctly, NetStress benches the whole network, rather than the WiFi card alone?

I use a different router (Netgear WNDR3700v2) and connect @ 5 GHz band so I don't think the results would be meaningful to compare. I also have the new Macbook with 802.11ac WiFi but have no router that supports this mode to test it on!

I think perhaps ping in online games would be a nice thing to see. Actually I think there was already a thread here some time ago showing that you even got some (not too big) ping increase with KillerN card in WoW or something.

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Some people use Passmark, but it seems that it isnt much different than netstress. I have been thinking on doing some other test from different locations in my home that have more/less interference to see which cards handle different situations better. I am going on vacation next week but I should have a better router when I get back. I will post results when I get back in town at the end of July.

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I have the killer 1103 and it is tons better than any intel card I've had. Far more range, and most importantly the connection never drops out, ever.

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I never had dropped connections and actually no issues at all I've used Intel cards a lot (mostly some standard card with 3x3 antenna on Thinkpad X200T). I bought a decent router. :)

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I never had dropped connections and actually no issues at all I've used Intel cards a lot (mostly some standard card with 3x3 antenna on Thinkpad X200T). I bought a decent router. :)

I never used a 3x3 intel card, only the cheap 2x2s, but I would have my internet drop out for 20 second time spans a few times per week.

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I never used a 3x3 intel card, only the cheap 2x2s, but I would have my internet drop out for 20 second time spans a few times per week.

my 2230 would drop con often, mainly when switching networks,work to home to droid hotspot. I cannot attest for the higher end intel stuff.

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If you happen to have a galaxy note 2, or Galaxy s3/s4 can or any other wifi direct compatible phone could you try using the wifi direct with the centrino 2230? Thanks

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Solarwinds makes a few free tools that are fairly easy to use. Download Free Network Management & Free Network Monitoring Software from SolarWinds

We use these tools at work (Network Engineer) and they are pretty good. This will show you the amount of data usage and bandwidth and they are free!!! I bet because this is post 2 I am not able to post the link, so if not. google solarwinds and then select free tools and free trials. Look for the free tools and you can register and download. Hope this helps in the troubleshooting and performance testing of the cards.

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Solarwinds makes a few free tools that are fairly easy to use. Download Free Network Management & Free Network Monitoring Software from SolarWinds

We use these tools at work (Network Engineer) and they are pretty good. This will show you the amount of data usage and bandwidth and they are free!!! I bet because this is post 2 I am not able to post the link, so if not. google solarwinds and then select free tools and free trials. Look for the free tools and you can register and download. Hope this helps in the troubleshooting and performance testing of the cards.

Nice tip. Thanks!

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Would like to ask that if one wifi card outperforms another card, does it means that the better wifi card will have more bandwidth in an shared wifi environment? Example like a few wifi enabled devices are browsing the web on a 4Mbps internet line at the same time, will the one with the better wifi card have more bandwidth or better speed compared with other devices with weaker wifi card?

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Would like to ask that if one wifi card outperforms another card, does it means that the better wifi card will have more bandwidth in an shared wifi environment? Example like a few wifi enabled devices are browsing the web on a 4Mbps internet line at the same time, will the one with the better wifi card have more bandwidth or better speed compared with other devices with weaker wifi card?

I'm concerned about this as well, if anyone knows how bandwidth serving works, it would be nice to get an answer. How does a router know which connection to prioritize? Also, is there any impact in throughput between having one device paired with it, or having a network full of devices that are idle on data usage.

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You can prioritize your traffic through qos setting things up to how you wanted them to work. I know there is a dlink router based on a qca chip that works with killergaming software to automatic prioritize qos which can make proritizing way easier.

About several connections in stanby i don't think there will be any noticiable impact. I have an Asus Rt N66u working with 3 laptops 3smartphones and a tablet. I play bf3 and 4 always through wifi 5 ghz, and really have nothing to complain.

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I'm still debating on getting the Killer 1202 2x2 (Or which ever is the newest one that you can get that has 2x2) vs Intel 7260-AC. Both get really good reviews and such. That and the Intel is cheaper then the Killer, or so I have seen anyways. If you have the ability to test them, I would would to see the comparison between the two.

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I have two 7260-AC cards one in a desktop and one in a laptop both streaming movies just fine

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Killer 1202 2x2 is wifi N but  7260 has wifi ac.

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I bought 7260ac and i will replace tomorrow with my recent card / centrino-n 2200

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