Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2019 - 12:02 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: video, sound card, ryzen 3, RTX 2060, radeon vii, podcast, evga, ces 2019
PC Perspective Podcast #528 - 1/11/2019
We're a little bit delayed this week due to CES, but we're back in action and ready to talk about the GeForce RTX 2060 review, some new Corsair gaming mice, AMD's big Ryzen and Radeon announcements, an awesome new sound card from EVGA, G-SYNC compatibility with FreeSync monitors, and more!
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00:00:35 - Review: GeForce RTX 2060
00:16:35 - Review: New Corsair Gaming Mice & Slipstream
00:21:20 - News: AMD CES Announcements
00:38:38 - News: AMD 2019 GPU Refresh
00:42:31 - News: GeForce RTX Mobile
00:49:21 - News: ASUS TUF AMD Gaming Laptops
00:52:50 - News: EVGA Nu Audio Sound Card
01:00:43 - News: Killer E3000 2.5Gbps NIC
01:10:26 - News: ASUS ProArt 1,000-Zone Backlight Display
01:16:04 - News: HyperX Cloud Orbit S & QuadCast
01:25:01 - News: Phison PCIe Gen4 NVMe Controller
01:28:52 - News: be quiet! White Cases & Slim CPU Coolers
01:32:33 - News: NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible Displays
01:42:24 - Picks of the Week
01:49:04 - Outro
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2019 - 12:50 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: sound card, pcie, evga, DAC, ces 2019, CES, Audio Note, audio, amp, AK4493
EVGA has announced a brand new product offering for enthusiasts, but this PCI Express device is not a graphics card - it's a premium sound card. And yes, I know that many people have written off audio boards in the era of ubiquitous motherboard audio, but if you are at all interested in quality audio and have ever looked into external DACs and headphone amps the Nu Audio card is shaping up to be a fantastic alternative to external component solutions.
The product is a result of a partnership with UK-based Audio Note, a high-end audio equipment manufacturer that emphasizes technology and internal component quality in their designs, and the design of the Nu Audio card was made to those standards. EVGA says that is the pursuit of life-like sound that inspired this card, and their efforts have resulted in something that would be completely at home in an audiophile setting, RGB effects notwithstanding (yes, it has RGB!).
Ok, so what is this exactly, and why is it any different from other PCIe sound cards? This is not your typical DSP-driven surround audio solution, and truly the emphasis is on 2-channel stereo audio reproduction. Reading over the specs this begins to look more like an audiophile product, with native DSD support and PCM audio up to 24-bit 384 kHz - and dual clock generators for native 44.1 and 48 kHz-based sample rates. Component choices were made to improve audio quality through the signal chain and to the output, with some impressive specs:
- DAC: AKM AK4493
- ADC: AKM AK5572
- OP-AMP (Headphone): ADI OP275
- OP-AMP (Line Out): ADI AD8056
- Capacitors: WIMA, Audio Note(UK), Nichicon
- Power Regulators: Texas Instruments TPS7A47/TPS7A33 ultralow-noise power solution
The demo in the EVGA suite featured a nice setup featuring some of the entry-level Audio Note components, showcasing hi-fi music playback from lossless files on a PC. It was quite impressive considering the sound card was fed directly into the integrated amp, and on display were also such features as separate analog control of the volume output (the internal amp can be controlled independently of the sound level in Windows), and the integrated RGB lighting that dynamically respond to music playback.
The Nu Audio sound card will retail for $249 when it launches, specifics on release date to follow.
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2015 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: STRIX Soar, sound card, audio, asus
Ever since the NFORCE2 chipset's onboard audio codec we have seen a huge increase in the quality of integrated sound on motherboards and we have hit a point where you no longer need a soundcard for general usage. This has sparked an interesting competition among soundcard makers, searching for a way to make their product relevant to users. We have seen the return of tubes, programmable and replaceable OPAmps, powered headphone ports and a variety of other features.
ASUS has released the STRIX Soar 7.1 PCIe card recently and Kitguru got a chance to review the board. It certainly looks as pretty as the cards which come with high end motherboards and is thin enough not to encroach on systems with multiple cards already installed but does it offer compelling reasons to purchase the card? Kitguru gave it their "Must Have" award so there must be something attractive about the card, check out the full review to hear more about it.
"Today we look at the most affordable of the STRIX sound cards, the Soar. Although it has much the same hardware and features as its bigger brothers, it is more affordable which could be the real kicker in convincing potential buyers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Creative Sound Blaster Roar 2 @ techPowerUp
- SilverStone Hi-Fi Audio Headphone Stand @ Benchmark Reviews
- Astro A40 TR + Mix Amp Pro & Mod Kit Multi-Format Pro Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- G.Skill Ripjaws SR910 real 7.1 @ Kitguru
- Steelseries Siberia 200 Headset Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2015 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: devil hdx, powercolor, audio, sound card, opamp
Yes, PCIe soundcards are still being made and Powercolor's Devil HDX is up for review on Overclockers Club. As with most new cards this one features three OPAMPs which can can be removed and swapped with another to change the sound that is sent to your headset or speakers. On the back are a 124db rated 6.3mm headphone jack, left and right RCA jacks, Coax output, and an optical output. The daughtercard sports 5 standard analog 3.5mm jacks to give you 7.1 surround sound support if you have the speakers for it. It is about $160 so make sure you have ears that are good enough to deserve high end sound, for many users this might be a bit of overkill.
"Setup as a stand alone solution, the Devil HDX gets to play in the best of both worlds with 124dB rated performance from the parent card and the option of running 7.1 sound through the addition of the daughter card. Here is my only beef with the Devil HDX. I know these are options that add cost, but when cultivating a brand it would just add to the package."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Tt eSports Shock Console Gaming Headset @ Modders-Inc
- TteSports Isurus Pro In-Ear Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Turtle Beach Stealth 420X Xbox One Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Thermaltake LUXA2 GroovyA Wireless Speaker Review @ OCC
- Creative Sound Blaster X7 & E-UM XM7 Bookshelf Speakers @ Legion Hardware
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | June 6, 2015 - 07:00 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: sound card, powercolor, devil hdx, computex
PowerColor is best known as an add-in board (AIB) partner of AMD who has also branched out into cases and power supplies. This year, they have introduced a new product category: sound cards. The PowerColor Devil HDX connects via PCIe and can take up one or two slots, depending on whether the user wants to install its included (!!) daughterboard with analog (4 x 3.5mm) surround outputs and a microphone input. Without the daughterboard, the card has a quarter-inch headphone jack, two analog RCA jacks for stereo, an RCA SPDIF output, and an optical SPDIF output. The main card is covered in a full EMF shield, because it's inside a computer.
The card includes switchable OP-AMPs, high quality capacitors, a Cmedia CM8888 audio processor, and a Wolfson WM8741 DAC. This configuration is capable of driving headphones with up to 600 Ohm impedance. The signal-to-noise ratio is a little better on the RCA jacks, because they're not amplified, but not by much. The RCA jacks are rated at 124 dB SNR, while the headphones are rated at 120 dB SNR with the supplied OP-AMPs. PowerColor wrote a driver interface, called “Xear”, which includes ASIO 2.2 support.
The PowerColor Devil HDX doesn't have a release date but Tom's Hardware, who spoke with the company, said it should be “over the coming months”. They also said it will retail for $159, which is apparently $50 less than their competition.