We installed the latest version of the Killer Xeno Pro software (188.8.131.52-19) available on the EVGA website. According to the release notes, this version includes the following optimizations and corrections:
- Optimized performance for TCP and UDP traffic
- Corrected compatibility issues with certain network games
- Corrected problems with the system’s waking up from sleep mode
- Optimized low-level functions of the driver and firmware
- Improved compatibility with different hardware configurations
When installed, the Killer Xeno Pro appears in the Device Manager as an ordinary network adapter.
There is a system tray icon providing access to the adapter’s features.
As you may guess, the two top icons are responsible for quickly selecting the operation mode of the Killer Xeno Pro, but you can also access these options from the first tab of the Xeno Configuration item:
The settings are not numerous: speed and transmission mode. You can also choose between two operation modes: gaming and applications. In the former case, the Killer Xeno Pro does its best to offload the main system from networking jobs and to minimize the response time. This is the most interesting mode for a gamer. The second tab allows to set up a few TCP parameters.
We left all settings at their defaults here. The About tab is informational. You can learn the current driver version and the card’s serial number here. Automatic updates can also be enabled here.
The Bandwidth Control application is far more interesting.
The first tab allows to assign priorities to each running process and to mark them as gaming applications or not. The automatic identification of the application type does not yet work properly.
The second tab is for regulating the connection speed for each application. As you can see in the screenshot, some of the processes identified by the Killer Xeno Pro software as gaming ones have automatically been allotted unlimited bandwidth. The Google Chrome browser is mistakenly among them, too.
And finally, the last tab is where you can set up your Internet connection parameters. The developer recommends that you first test the connection speed with the shaping tools disabled. This sounds like good advice. Here you can also enable notifications about new applications being launched. Receiving such a notification, you can assign the priority and bandwidth for the application. A handy feature, yet it can get on your nerves if you are using lots of different programs.
The Xeno Firewall application doesn’t look sophisticated and it is indeed very easy to set up. When the firewall is turned on, all incoming connections on all ports will be blocked, save for user-defined exceptions. This is a simple but effective tool whose functionality should be quite enough for a gamer.
And finally, the XenoChat application is for voice communication. Its interface follows the fashionable design resembling the interface of Microsoft Office 2007.
We can only criticize the low-res icons that look angular. Otherwise, the application is functional and works as expected. It supports the popular voice communication systems Mumble and TeamSpeak, although not the Ventrilo system preferred by many gamers. Anyway, the traffic prioritization options implemented in the Xeno Pro should have a positive effect on any voice communication tools. At least, your speaking over the network should not affect the game’s response time and smoothness of gameplay.
Summing it up, the software tools accompanying the Killer Xeno Pro are simple and intuitive. Even inexperienced gamers should be able to easily make out what every setting does.