Originally Posted by Fahd
this is a god-awfully big pill for an HTPC case to have to swallow (literally) for bitstreaming! So much for a microATX case for my HTPC if I want bitstreaming for now. Oh well, I'll probably get it until my G45 motherboard ever gets bitstreaming/PAP, "just because" I really want bitstreaming.
To think, we finally reached the point now where we no longer need a separate graphics card for flawless Bluray playback (with powerful IGP's stuffed nicely underneath the northbridge heatsink) and now we take a step back again from being able to have as small an HTPC case as possible by having a giant audio card to be able to get bitperfect audio. I realize this card's bitstreaming crown will probably be short-lived; that the IGP's of motherboards will slowly gain PAP compatibility with Cyberlink/Corel/Arcsoft, but still.
By the way I love how some of these 'foreign' companies overuse the word "unprecedented" - seems to keep popping up. I just bought a gaming case that had on the box as a feature "unprecedented mid-case fan!" Now when I show my friends the case, I say "and this is the unprecedented mid-case fan".