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The ASUS P4P800 mainboard I took for this review as a “carrier” of the Analog Devices codec is based on the Intel 865PE chipset. Its integrated audio subsystem is based on Intel’s ICH5R South Bridge plus the AD1985 AC’97 codec. Interestingly, the main page of the SoundMAX site contains a link to this mainboard. So, we do have an official implementation of Jack Sensing here.

The connectors of ASUS P4P800 mainboard

The CD coming with the mainboard, along with various drivers, contains the SoundMAX 4 XL software, necessary for the integrated audio to work. The user-friendly and thoroughly revised interface of SoundMAX is appealing to both a gamer and a musician/music lover. This software features:

  • Software support of AC’97-compliant audio codecs, which work in pair with the audio-controllers integrated into all main chipsets;
  • Automatic detection if a speaker system or microphone is connected to the respective ports with the help of the AudioESP feature (Audio Enumeration and Sensing Process), for the AD1985 codec only;
  • AudioWizard for connection and initial setup of audio peripherals;
  • Totally redesigned user interface;
  • Compliance with modern specifications;
  • WHLQ certification (Windows Hardware Qualification Laboratory);
  • Localization for 20 languages.

AudioESP supports Jack Sensing for the latest codec from Analog Devices, AD1985, only. This feature helps to avoid many problems that may arise when audio peripherals are attached to the PC in the wrong way and informs the user of possible conflicts. The following screenshots show you how it works:

Watch the color codes!

If everything is connected the right way, the Wizard tell you  his Ok!

AudioWizard from the new SoundMAX 4 XL helps the user to connect and set up the audio peripherals. The program interface offers you a virtual control center and a toolbar for setting up and monitoring the audio subsystem of your PC.

AudioWizard will guide you through the setup process

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