RIP: NVIDIA Soundstorm

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Max Leung, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Max Leung

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    According to this website:


    *cries*

    This is terrible! I don't want to go back to the stoneage, with 6 long analog audio cables snaking across the room into my receiver.

    The only current solution with 5.1 realtime Dolby Digital 5.1 encoding on a PCI-Express platform is the Intel High Definition Audio solution...an unproven platform that uses the much more expensive Pentium 4 processor.

    Looks like I'll be keeping my nForce2 motherboard for another 18 months of gaming...but I need to upgrade to an Athlon XP 3200+ (I hope my rev 1.4 Asus A7N8X Deluxe can handle it), replace my aging PC2700 DDR RAM, and get a new AGP videocard to replace my classic Geforce 4 Ti 4400.
     
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    Reference to 3 dollar savings on each motherboard by omitting SoundStorm here:

    http://techreport.com/ja.zz?comments=7246

    If Creative can get away with charging $200 for a sound card, then they can pony up the cash and pay the Dolby licence and get 5.1 realtime encoding, can't they?
     
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    Here is a review of a beta Intel High Definition Audio Dolby Digital capable board:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/consumer...itions-07.html

    As expected, there are driver shortcomings in Intel's implementation. Hopefully it will have the flexibility of NVIDIA's nVmixer software.
     
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    Another review of Intel's sound solution, with measurements taken from various motherboard implementations. Also includes a subjective listening review:

    http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...l-hdaudio.html

    Interesting that it nearly matches the Soundblaster Audigy in the subjective test. That's pretty damn good for integrated audio...
     
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    Thanks for the update. The Tom's Hardware article is over 2 months old and it's sad how little press or information there is on this subject. Just goes to show how small the HTPC market really is. [​IMG]

    There is a guy at AVS expirementing with Intel's new chipset himself since no one else is. I see you replied to his (Li On's) thread, I bumped it up so maybe he could answer the question on games.
     
  7. Mike Fassler

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    yes yer board will handle a 3200+ just fine.but I wouldnt be so hot tp jump on the pci-e bus unless yer gonna use SLI Agp 8X has way more bandwidth available than any card will use for a long while. While the death of Soundstorm aches me, it aint that hard to install a Creative card in there [​IMG] bummer that creatives drivers totally suck thou.
     
  8. Max Leung

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    Hmmm, I'm hearing from another forum that Intel's Dolby Digital Live solution is actually done in software. Crap, now I am confused!

    I may need to get a new nforce2 motherboard anyways, as apparently my rev 1.4 Asus A7N8X Deluxe doesn't officially support 400 MHz FSB, unlike the version 2.0 one.
     
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    Mike, so you're saying PCI Express isn't an improvement right now over AGP? Hmm, I think you are right - I recall looking at benchmarks and with the current highest-end cards, there isn't any real difference.

    So maybe I should upgrade my CPU and RAM and card in preparation for Half-Life 2! But, I need cash, badly. [​IMG]
     
  10. Mike Fassler

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    hehe Ive been playin CS:source for the last week and my system kicks it in the pants. HL2 may be different wont know until Nov 16th.

    my rig

    barton 2500 overclocked to 3200 speeds
    1 gig Corsair ddr400 pro
    radeon 9800 pro.
    Abit NF7-S rev 2.0 mobo
     
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    It should run well on HL2 too...I just ordered an Asus 9999GE (Gamer Edition) 6800 card. It's a vanilla 6800 with the GDDR3 RAM timings of a 6800 Ultra. [​IMG]

    I only have an Athlon 2200+ oc'd to 2400+ with a measly 300MHz FSB. My Samsung PC2700 DIMMs can't actually do 333MHz for some dumb reason. [​IMG]
     
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    Max, you need to play some Battlefield Vietnam with me so I can show you the way of the plantation knife [​IMG]
     
  13. Mike Fassler

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    lol, those things are so fun to use.
     

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