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Hardware Asus Xonar D2X - PCI-Express soundcard

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 13 Jan 2008.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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  2. SinxarKnights

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    Very nice indeed! But what exactly do you mean by "the company’s representatives were unavailable for comment at the time"? Were they on a coffee break or something?
     
  3. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    CES I imagine
     
  4. Guest-16

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    I'm going to get to the bottom of that next week and ill update the article. It seems very strange - I looked everywhere for it - and perhaps worth noting as it was part of the software provided that most people will actually use.
     
  5. [USRF]Obiwan

    [USRF]Obiwan New Member

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    Ok, i liked the "product presentation". But where are the benchmarks, what is the cpu usage, etc etc...
     
  6. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    The Asus P(i)MP software looks rubbish...
     
  7. Guest-16

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    It's exactly the same as the Xonar D2, it felt excessive to re-review the same hardware - we're literally just covering an update :)
     
  8. Kipman725

    Kipman725 When did I get a custom title!?!

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    I don't understand why there DRM circumvention has to be analog? can't they tap off the signal going to the DAC and record that and convert that back into a file instead?
     
  9. Skill3d

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    they sell them over here for 179 euro's

    (here being the netherlands)
     
  10. Gunsmith

    Gunsmith Maximum Win

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    nice, i can see these being sought after for those going 2x/3x sli

    personally i think i'll be sticking to my x-fi elite pro, ive never had a problem with creative drivers or hardware so i see no real reason to switch
     
  11. completemadness

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    PCI-E uses the wrong power? couldn't they convert it?

    Seems like a rather rushed product - "Hey, lets shove this converter chip on, and sell it on"
    It would be OK if they just put a power regulation chip on so it didn't need a power connector
     
  12. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    My thought exactly. What kind of sound card sucks down more than the 75w provided by a PCIE slot?

    The state of computer power usage is absolutely insane. I mean I shouldn't talk as I'm probably going to be buying an Xserve shortly which has a 750w unit (though it is a server, to be fair), but we've got foot-long graphics cards that take a pair of the newer 4x2pin PCIE connectors in addition to what it can get through the slot. I thought it was bad enough with the ATI 9-series first had molex sockets. What the hell?
    /off soapbox

    PCIE - good start (finally!). Backlit analog connectors - sounds stupid, but I see a lot of practical value in that. DDL!/DTS:C - I bought what was, AFAIK, the first card on the market with the feature, so that's important to me. But so much other stuff really comes of as ticking pointless checkboxes on a feature list.
     
  13. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    i looked at gettin the PCI version of this but didnt see enough positive reviews so i went with the HT Omega Claro Plus. any of you have that? i have seen very positive reviews.
     
  14. The Bodger

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    Unless I'm mistaken, it has nothing to do with energy efficiency; the extra power is required simply because PCI express uses 3.3V and the chips on the soundcard use 5V, as they were intended for use on PCI. The card should use only fractionally more power than its PCI counterpart, which doesn't require an extra power header.
     
  15. completemadness

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    Its pretty easy to get 3v to 5v converter chips, i just dont get why they didnt do it :duh:
     
  16. Guest-16

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    Backlit connectors - AWESOME! Ever tried to plug something in in the dark, or even without some direct light?? They work great.

    DDL and DTS:C have been around for ages - I got DDL with my first HD-Audio chipset on the intel reference 925X board back in '05.

    Power connector is because PCI-E doesn't supply the right voltages, not because it's more power hungry - as I said, it's got exactly the same components on it otherwise.
     
  17. [USRF]Obiwan

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    So basicly, its the same old sht...

    ;)
     
  18. blackerthanblack

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    While I agree with most of what you said, this card is on a x1 connector, not a x16 which can supply the 75W. I'm not sure how much a x1 connector can supply (divide by 16?), but it's nowhere near 75W.
     
  19. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    If I had this card, would I be able to play Crysis/Bioshock/COD4/etc in 5.1 surround sound over optical SPDIF to this: Samsung DVD player thingamabob

    That's all I'm interested in. :D
     
  20. completemadness

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    No, the Power goes through the initial PCI-E bit, then the data goes through the next bit
    So all PCI-E slots get 75w

    [​IMG]

    This is my understanding anyway
     
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