I'm putting a new HTPC togther so I decided to try out the new Intel D845PEBT2 motherbaord. Initially I had problems with the PC not posting but I found out it use due to the fancy Corsair memory I had. I'm now using regular Crucial stuff and everything is fine. This P4 motherboard has an onboard Soundmax with digital coax and optical outputs. I was interested in this because I had a theory that bypassing the PCI bus might be an advantage. So how does it work? First I tried the wave digital out mode with Zoomplayer and Sonic filters, the sound was out by seconds!. So next I tried the direct sound method, this time the lip sync is fine. I've done virtually no tweaking at this stage and playback is spot on, no stutter at all. Sound quality also seams very good, better than the Philips PCI card. I'm well impressed.