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Microsoft finishes work on Windows Vista has word that Microsoft's new operating system has been deemed ready for prime time, and is due in stores on January 30:

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. finished work Wednesday on its long-delayed Windows Vista operating system, and said the software would be broadly available Jan. 30.

The announcement means Microsoft will meet just barely its revised goal of putting Vista in consumers' hands in the first month of 2007.

Windows Vista's code was released midmorning Wednesday to manufacturing a step that allows the company to begin making the copies that will be distributed with PCs and sold at stores, said Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division that includes Windows, in a conference.

"This is a good day," Allchin said.

Microsoft had previously said it would release Vista to big business clients at an event at the Nasdaq Stock Market on Nov. 30, and Allchin reiterated Wednesday that corporations who buy Windows licenses in bulk will get the new system this month. That's also in keeping with the company's revised release schedule.

The release will be the first major upgrade in more than five years to the operating system that powers most of the world's personal computers. Vista boasts improved graphics, more effective tools for finding documents, pictures and other items on personal computers, and a new Internet browser, among other changes.

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15. Re: No subject Nov 8, 2006, 23:04 PHJF
EAX isn't anything; it's a means to an end. All EAX does is add effects to voices, by instruction, and all each new EAX iteration does is increase both the number of voices and the effects applied to each voice. It's glorified reverb, nothing more.

Creative Lab's Soundblaster, on the other hand, has a sound processor built into it; the load is taken off the CPU (not that it's a huge load anyways). The newest X-Fi Soundblasters also have some RAM onboard to work with, but games explicitly need to be made to work with it.

The best Soundblaster available is the X-Fi (EAX 5 [Advanced HD, they call it]), followed by:
Audidy 2 ZS (previous king; cheap now)
Audigy 4 (not Audigy "4", but Audigy "EAX 4")

As I said, any third party card will generally have EAX 2, but better ones will come with Dolby DTS sound and other such more cinematic features. Creative Soundblaster is a GAMER soundcard; not home cinema stuff. You can find good sound cards for ~100$ for cheap, effective home cinema, and they should still at least have EAX2, so they are perfectly acceptable for gaming. I myself am still on a cheap 5.1 sound card I got *years* ago, and it still works great for both games and movies.


Onboard audio has cought up with external sound cards. Most onboard audio of the past was (HORRIBLE) AC'97; anyone using it, as I have, will talk of the nightmares that ensued...

Intel HD Audio, the new onboard audio, is Dolby Digital and DTS capable, 7.1, with 192KHz 32-bit performance.


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