next nForce won't have SoundStorm audio@ 2004/08/26
While there was hope that NVIDIA would resurrect the APU for the next nForce or possibly even a standalone audio product, neither appears to be in the cards, at least in the immediate future. The next nForce will likely support high-definition audio datatypes, but without SoundStorm's robust hardware acceleration. Taiwanese motherboard makers apparently feel that SoundStorm doesn't offer much value to consumers, especially when cheap 8-channel software audio is all the rage. Given Creative's dominance of the audio market, at least as far as hardware 3D acceleration is concerned, it's really a shame that SoundStorm isn't coming back in some capacity.