Originally Posted by Lillebror
Actualy, asus never said it did support anything more than eax 2.0! But with the gx thingy they have, they emulate eax 5.0! not 3.0 or 4.0, but 5.0. So it only really works with games designed for eax hd 5.0
Asus should really step up producing drivers for the other audio cards they have. They are nearly as bad as creatives
I've noticed more and more complaints recently about ASUS' drivers as well . . . funny, they, too, revolve around the Vista OS
As to the EAX - ASUS loosely, and I mean very loosely, emulates it. This does not mean their cards are EAX compliant, nor supportive. The best I understand how it's done, it's a backdoor workaround through use of OpenAL - much like how Creative's ALchemy software translates EAX on Vista.
The new HDAV looks nice on paper - 4 DACs, one per channel, and good quality DACs as well. No minijacks, either - all RCA . . . nice, but in the PC market, only audiophile stereos use those connections (and most avid audiophiles would probably be running optical connections instead of analogue). Even more strange to see RCA connectors on their "gaming" card - I don't even think most gamers would use that kind of audio equipment, they tend to stick to the high-quality 5.1 packages, or headphones (and I might be wrong, but I don't see an AC97 header on that gaming card
). The average joe would have to purchase adapters. Kinda crazy to have the individual channels on a daughter card, though.
Personally - they look like great cards, superb audio quality . . . but I get the feeling ASUS went a little overboard, especially with the "gaming" card. Either way, I look forward to the in-depth reviews on these beasts
Oh, and I expect these to enter the US market somewhere between $170-$250 . . . we'll see on that.