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    hay ,

    my name is ami , and i'm starting my first CARPC project .

    i thought of the ZOTAC IONITX-L-E , while using the OB sound card .
    will it work with asio4all + audiomulch ?

    i plan to use vst for filtering , TA , and EQ .
    as well i dont plan to watch any HD video , ONLY music and a bit of navigation .

    thank you !

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    by using asio4all, VAC, and audio mulch, you should be able to get everything running..

    though i would seriously recommend a add-on card-- by the time you are getting into ta, and crossovers, add-on cards will definitely help give a better signal to your amps..

    but i do not recommend using anything with a atom processor if you want to process audio.

    the atom is too slow, and small to reliably do what you want it to.. the atom is a great processor for basic carpc/pc needs, but audio processing is extremely taxing on the cpu, and the atom just can't reliably get the job done...

    i ran a 32band eq, and 6 instances of 12db/oct crossovers on a atom board(intel 945glc) the board hovered around 25-30% cpu power, and it started dropping audio at roughly 30% processing power... at 50% cpu, the board was all but useless for audio processing...

    i now run a pentium dual core(e5200 series), with very similar plugins as listed above, and hover around 5% cpu usage, and 30% spikes don't affect it much any more...

    i haven't had time to try any ta plugins, but i assume that they would be about the same on cpu usage..

    it seems that most here that do audio processing run processors in the range of pentium dual cores, core2duo's, to i3's, all with decent results...(it doesn't need to be a power house, just larger then most carpc's)

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    which model of atom do you have ?

    i will probably have the 330 . or the new D510
    i already thought of separated sound card ( i guess i need to support ASIO in order to do the job well ) what card will you recommend me ? (low to mid budget)

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    The 330 and the D510 give around the same performance, so you are probably going to be limited by the processor on it in either case.

    If you want to do ASIO and proper audio processing, you are probably better off looking into a mini-ITX board like the Gigabyte H55N coupled with an i3. Still lowish power, a bit more heat output, but a huge jump in processing power, and you get a pci-e slot instead of the pci slot on the atoms.

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    i believe the 945 board uses the 330 model, but no mater what, the atom is just too slow for any audio processing beyond 1-3 instances of crossovers..

    i would prefer to not make any recommendations other then to recommend to keep to name brands, and to stay away from the usb creative x-fi card-- it has some very odd issues, some are tolerable, others are not, but with the card being very close to the same price as other usb solutions, it is not worth it..

    basically, just compare the number of outputs, and the signal to noise ratio, and pick out one that you like.

    just remember, by using a program like asio4all, you can run any card that windows recognizes.

    and don't get too stuck on asio setups-- i started out doing the same, but have been using the wdm drivers, and it has no noticable difference in sound quality to me-- and it is faster, and easier to setup..

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    i am trying not to stuck on ASIO set up , and i really like to stay with OB

    a few year ago , i had a leak in my main rig from my water cooling and the liquid dropped on the creative sound card and burned it , since then i am using the OB , and the sound of it is alot more warm and "nice to the ear" .

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    Creative!!!

    I've been using a Audigy 2zs with great results even after upgraded to a atom board...
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    Quote Originally Posted by popi79 View Post
    I've been using a Audigy 2zs with great results even after upgraded to a atom board...
    but are you running a audio processing program like audio mulch, or console?

    it is not the card that the atom can't handle, it is the processing of the audio signal before it gets to the card that kills it...

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    i think that using the audigy the audio processing is in the soubd card and not at the CPU .

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    ah, yes your right, cards that work with the kxproject drivers would work fine for audio processing, and not affect the processor.. my mistake..

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