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Old Mar 11, 2002, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default nVidia Soundstorm: the rumor thread.

Well, post whatever the hell it is you think you know about it, speculation counts, wishes should be marked as such (so as to not raise any hollow rumors and get hopes up).
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Old Mar 11, 2002, 08:59 PM   #2
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by the name it sounds like a audio device. maybe something better than what is already on the nforce mobo's.
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Old Mar 11, 2002, 09:22 PM   #3
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I heard it's a next generation weapon that uses sonic energy... much like those in Dune. It's rumored that if you shot "FanATic" loud enough, it will rupture blood vessels in ATi owners.
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Old Mar 11, 2002, 09:54 PM   #4
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I once read an article about how the nForce motherboards has the best integrated sound ...both in quality and performance wise/cpu utilization...

If it's a stand alone version of thier nFornce onboard sound...I'm in already...
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It seems to be more than an MCP from what i'm hearing. Looks like Aureal Tech being used as the engineers are all former aureal employees. Aureal's 3d sound used REAL wavetracing to create a 3d environment, not some damned presets like the SB audigy and live. if they modify the MCP with one of those, put it as a standalone with good A3D 3/EAX HD/DSD38/OpenAL support, they'll put creative under in a matter of weeks.
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if they modify the MCP with one of those, put it as a standalone with good A3D 3/EAX HD/DSD38/OpenAL support, they'll put creative under in a matter of weeks.
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More competition = lower prices = better products.

I like it already. =)
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It seems to be more than an MCP from what i'm hearing. Looks like Aureal Tech being used as the engineers are all former aureal employees. Aureal's 3d sound used REAL wavetracing to create a 3d environment, not some damned presets like the SB audigy and live. if they modify the MCP with one of those, put it as a standalone with good A3D 3/EAX HD/DSD38/OpenAL support, they'll put creative under in a matter of weeks.
We know Aureal had the better tech; so Creative sued them out of business (the deep pockets theory) then picked up the Aureal carcass for $22mil, which I thought included the tech/patents? I had hoped Guillemot would outbid them, but no luck...Creative just wanted to bury the competition

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I heard it's a next generation weapon that uses sonic energy... much like those in Dune. It's rumored that if you shot "FanATic" loud enough, it will rupture blood vessels in ATi owners.
You are talkin about the Dune movie
the book didnt have any of those stupid sonic things
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It seems to be more than an MCP from what i'm hearing. Looks like Aureal Tech being used as the engineers are all former aureal employees. Aureal's 3d sound used REAL wavetracing to create a 3d environment, not some damned presets like the SB audigy and live. if they modify the MCP with one of those, put it as a standalone with good A3D 3/EAX HD/DSD38/OpenAL support, they'll put creative under in a matter of weeks.
Im pretty sure that nVidia just liscensed the Sensura 3d audo engine and slapped it into the MCP for the nForce.
It is possable that they are working on their own audio processor, but it may or may not be as good as the one Sensura has already designed. Of course, they may also take the Aureal engineers they have and totaly rework the Sensura design to give us some hybrid audio processor.

Last time anyone asked nVidia about this though, they denied it compeletely.

I really dunno who would make these cards though if nVidia went through with it. I seriously doubt Hercules would. Creative surely wont, doubtful that Philips would. That really doesnt leave anyone else.
You have to have a big name company to market things like these because most people dont know jack crap about sound cards.
If nVidia decided to producte the boards and market them themselves it would be a major deviation from their current buisiness model.
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and if this is true and they find a vendor I'm in. The best soundcard I ever owned bar none is my old Diamond MX300 Aureal. Dang fine card. If it really is Aureal workers behind the scenes it will rule the sound card world. Of course that would place Nvidia in another hardware market.....

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You are talkin about the Dune movie
the book didnt have any of those stupid sonic things
Correct.
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Is that a logical step for a graphics chipset company? Soundcards? I guess they did the whole nForce motherboard chipset thing (which imo was a flop) which has sound integrated. Maybe they are trying to Microsoft the hardware world? What's next from nVidia? Hard-drives? CPUs?
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Why is it a flop?
I think Nvidia is always coming out with good stuff...
Although that dual-channel DDr doesn't help boost nForce performance, I think it's still a solid motherboard for AMD processors...atleast the newest ones with non-onboard components...

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Why is it a flop?
It was a flop simply because it it got spanked by the KT266A chipset from VIA. Faster and cheaper = VIA win. nVidia hopefully has learned something, and will start to produce quality chipsets the next go around (to be fair, this was nVidias first chipset so based on that, it was a very respectable effort)
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It was a flop simply because it it got spanked by the KT266A chipset from VIA. Faster and cheaper = VIA win. nVidia hopefully has learned something, and will start to produce quality chipsets the next go around (to be fair, this was nVidias first chipset so based on that, it was a very respectable effort)
with all due respect it still has the fastest integrated video on the market.
they are just now getting into this feild, i think the nForce was a success. They proved they could put out a stable and fast chipset. the KT266A barely kept up with it in terms of speed, and it was a second revision of the KT266. VIAs been in the market a long time and they still are buggy as hell.
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There are many different forms and levels of success. I don't think the nForce boards were (or will be) much in the way of a financial success. I also don't think they were really a performance success, at least not in the way we were hoping. They were however a very big "proof of ability" success, showing that nVidia has the technological savvy to produce a solid product on their first attempt, and establishing a good start to a good reputation in that market. They also may have served (will serve) as a marketing success, but that is less certain and who really knows about marketing anyway.
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with all due respect it still has the fastest integrated video on the market.
they are just now getting into this feild, i think the nForce was a success. They proved they could put out a stable and fast chipset. the KT266A barely kept up with it in terms of speed, and it was a second revision of the KT266. VIAs been in the market a long time and they still are buggy as hell.
I don't really want to get into an argument over this, but the integrated video on the nForce is a joke. I'm aware that it's not aimed at the enthusiast market but the OEM market, but then OEMs are looking at price first aren't they?
And the last benchmarks I saw comparing the various chipsets the KT266a was fastest, hands down. Still, like I said (and like Bigus said), it was a good "proof of ability" for nVidia, I'm sure that thier next attempt will be much better... and knowing nVidia, much more expensie too.
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well i hope nvidia makes a sound card!
but the nforce is a great chip set!!! 10fps less than a 266a in
Q3 when both chips are in the mid to high 200fps is not a spanking!
lame bench marking! The nvidia product line will grow and ATI will follow with there own chipset and sound solution! Life is good in geek land
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karlotta, i still prefer the extra 10 fps to go to my higher res textures and FSAA .
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Superior tech doesn't win, superior marketing does.

I like sis's direction. Bringing the 2 parts back together is the future. Along with gigabyte, msi, or epox, that board will be one hell of a winner. (if they ever make it)
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I heard it's a next generation weapon that uses sonic energy... much like those in Dune. It's rumored that if you shot "FanATic" loud enough, it will rupture blood vessels in ATi owners.
You know. That part about the movie annoys the hell out of me. They mentioned a style of battle in the book, but not once mentioned that it had anything to do with sonic waves or sound. The only mention of sound was the Bene Gesserit's "Voice."

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