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The amplifier module utilizes a DAE-3 chip by Intersil D2Audio. Its firmware can be updated just like the BIOS in a motherboard. An update sent over by AMD during the course of this review increased the audio output by about 6dB, and was also said to improve signal flow. It was a simple process that took just 15 seconds and it did not even require a reboot. The increased gain was immediately noticed, though the "improve signal flow" was more difficult to assess.
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