Hi folks. It’s been a while. I know you all been wondering what’s happening with AP-Linux. The good news is new version of AP-Linux is in the works. Since last version, many new hardware devices and chipsets came out. Like Intel’s Skylake and Kaby Lake (6th and 7th generation) processors and we want to make sure that AP-Linux can work on new hardware. These new processors have one significant advantage for us who want the best possible sound from our PC’s. Lower power consumption and lower TDP (Thermal Design Power). TDP represents the average power, in watts, the processor dissipates when operating at Base Frequency with all cores active under high-complexity workload. In other words, less heat, no need for fan on CPU heatsinks.
You can now build a silent PC with no moving parts more easier. My latest build consists of Intel’s Skylake i3-6300T 3.30GHz CPU with only 35W TDP. Coupled with excellent Noctua NH-D9L (50$) CPU cooler with removed fan, my average CPU temperature is around 32 C. Also good thing to mention is that this heat sink fits perfectly in 3U media PC case. And for the temperature, how this CPU compare with normal PC? For example my work laptop is around 55 C average.
Pretty good I would say. Will the new version be as good as v3.1? We’ll see. There are many factors involved. The good news is that after short stop, real-time kernel development is on the main road map again. Companies like Google, Intel and IBM are supporting the project. That means nice future for Linux audio.
My new Audiophile Linux system consists of:
- Intel Skylake i3-6300T 3.30GHz CPU
- Noctua NH-D9L CPU heatsink
- ASUS Maximus VIII Hero/Alpha Intel Z170 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
- Corsair 8GB DDR4-2400 MEMORY
- Corsair RM650i power supply
- Fractal Design Node 605 Case
- Samsung 850 M.2 1 TB SSD for music
- Western Digital Red 3TB HDD for backup
- 120GB SSD drive for operating system
And I have added one more thing to my PC. JCAT USB PCI card. The card eliminates noise interference from PC and greatly improve sound. Especially if you use external battery power supply.
If you wish to buy this card, AP Linux users will have special 25% discount until 31.12.2016. Send us an email on email@example.com and you will receive your special discount code…
– audiophile USB Audio output for USB DACs & USB-to-S/PDIF converters
– ultra low noise design for high definition audio playback
– ultra low noise linear regulators and high quality filters designed to eliminate noise interferences from PC
– Femto Clock Technology (Crystek CCHD-957) lowers jitter below measurable levels
– uDP720201 NEC controller
– high durability gold plated USB 3.0 connectors from Amphenol
– two USB 3.0 connectors supporting Low Speed (1.5 Mbps), Full-Speed (12 Mbps), Hi-Speed (480 Mbps) and Super-Speed (5 Gbps) data rates
– 5V PSU can be supplied from computer PSU via LP4 connector or from an external PSU via 2.1/5mm center positive DC jack connector (the 100W linear power supply recommended for best SQ)
– both full-size and low-profile PCI-e brackets included