Dream Machine 2009
The WINDOWS team constructs Dream Machine 09 using a CPU that can handle eight simultaneous threads, boasts 6GB of memory and uses two SSDs running in RAID 0. If you’re curious about what other components feature in Dream Machine 09 and fancy taking the machine home, read on…
For a complete entertainment experience you need a combination of quality sound and graphics. Bearing this in mind and calling upon years of generally trouble-free sound, we turned to Creative’s excellent SoundBlaster line of consumer add-on soundcards.
Despite being a few years old now Creative’s X-Fi audio processor is still the top dog in our books when it comes to consumer audio. The X-Fi chip has enough processing power to sharpen dull audio on the fly with its Crystallizer function and supports positional audio too. It also sports immersion-enhancing audio technologies such as EAX and after going through Creative’s extensive lineup, we settled on the X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series soundcard.
This card features the aforementioned X-Fi processor but to boost gaming performance, Creative has even loaded this card with onboard memory, known as X-RAM. The memory is used to store audio content leaving your system’s RAM free for other data.
The Titanium sports a number of input and output options, so you can connect a 5.1 or 7.1-system via analog connection or, preferably using the digital output port. The digital output appealed to us because we wanted Dream Machine 09 to be compatible with home theatre systems. The icing on the cake is that this audio card supports all the important audio standards such as Dolby Digital EX and dts Digital Surround ES.
This X-Fi card uses the PCI-E interface too and this allowed us to position the card right at the bottom of the expansion slots on Dream Machine 09’s motherboard. Doing so gave the super quick GPU above enough room to breathe. Another advantage is that the second PCI-E x16 slot above the soundcard can still be used, so Dream Machine 09’s multi-GPU capabilities aren’t compromised in the least.
1323 days ago
The Machine looks truly awesome and power packed...I wonder how much it cost you guys in terms of all the components. Could you let me know?