01-10-2007, 05:12 PM
Originally Posted by OnBoard
I too want AGP to die, because they already killed socket939 and DDR. Gimme low wattage dual core AM2 CPUs in s939 flavor and I won't mind
Or better yet gimme a short PCI-E 1x creative soundcard, I got 3 of those slots for nothing and keeping AGP alive is not helping at all. PCI could go as well :P
Awesome!!!1 I've been waiting one for a year now! No mind that it's basic (have Audigy 2 value, that is basicly an Audigy 4) and does the job great and supported up to EAX Advanced HD 4.0. This has only coaxial out, so digital is a nice added bonus. Have digital out on my onboard soundcard, but using that would be wasting CPU usage. Creative uses under 5% and onboard soundcards are in the 10-15% region and yes processors are getting faster and it's not that big of a deal anymore, but it's a save.
Now the donwside with this card is that is very close to my CPU as this abit board has the PCI-E slot way down, like the lower PCI-e 16x in SLI/CF boards. So the soundcard is blocking some airflow to my gfx card. Now the PCI-e 1x slots are all on top of GPU slot, like this:
Will be buying one of these as soon as the price drops a bit. Now I just have to measure that it will fit there, as I have a passive heatsink on top of nForce4 Ultra. If it's too long, well nothing that a bit of modding or a new heatpipe chipset cooler can't fix :P
edit: ps. now that this card is true, what I didn't know about 2 days ago when I posted that quote about AGP cards. Bring 'em on, make every card in AGP flavour, I won't mind. So happy about this news, might even have to buy it as soon as we get them here
picture of the connectors, optical in&out
and orginal picture that shows the cards name as well
other side of the picture showing notebook version
EDIT2: and no, this won't cost 129$, it was Xtreme Music that was that much, Xtreme Audio is $65.99 in newegg, so maybe 70-80$. Couldn't find info if Xtreme Audio has support for EAX advanced HD 5.0, hopefully this does, but can live without too.
EDIT3: seems like it doesn't and can't live without it as it's not hardware accelerated then..