I don't think Valve time really applies in this situation, but we'll probably find out if what they said was true today since I doubt they will release it tomorrow.
HDMI is the easiest way to connect directly to a receiver.Useless. Audio on screens sucks.
Right, so waste more money + more heat, because we can't be bothered to support the feature.Get a desktop or a laptop with just an IGP, problem solved. Alternatively, disable the IGP in the BIOS/UEFI (with good batteries, battery life isn't that bad). It'll give much better performance than using Optimus/Bumblebee, too.
Good soundcards are competitive with mid-range receivers. Dolby Headphone (which isn't always supported by receivers) is a godsend for headphone users. Theres no comparison to onboard with even a low end soundcard (ASUS Xonar DGX).Sound cards are useless (130dB SNR? Do you like crushing your ears with FLACs, or what?), better spend money on good audio hardware instead.
Actually, yes. Theres an advantage to living in a place where Cablevision/Verison/Time Warner are having a war to try and get customers. Integrated chokes somewhere past 50Mb/s with multiple downloads going.Do you need 10Gb/s Ethernet ? I don't think so.
Last edited by startzz; 05-03-2013 at 04:25 PM.
The same thing about RAM being used for caching and later released to apps applies to Linux as well.
I have both Ubuntu and Windows 7 at my work and Ubuntu boots to desktop in the same time or possibly slightly less.
Lower disk usage is actually very helpful. I have multiple network-booted PCs and other PC-like systems at my home and lower disk footprint is absolutely invaluable, since SSDs (which I use for this purpose) are still rather expensive.