Sound cards

keefy

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I just realised that the motherboard I want to buy does not have any PCI slots, they are all PCIexpress so my existing X-Fi will not plug in and cannot be used.

What is good in the world of sound cards these days? Or are motherboard implementations as good as people say they are these days?
I have normally bought cheap boards (£50 max) and the realtek crap is just that. CRAP. ITs easy to tell the difference even with this old X-Fi card from 2005.

P.S
This is the board
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_HERO/#overview
 
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I'm pretty sure there is a PCIe X-FI card available. I looked at them when upgrading to the sandy bridge a couple of years ago. Luckily I had a PCI slot for my existing X-FI. Honestly though I use the on board and X-FI interchangeably, don't know that I can tell a difference. Mine is the older Fatal1ty edition.

I have the MSI P67A-GD65 for reference to onboard chipset.

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/P67A-GD65.html




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Yea a dedicated board will definitely have advantages over the integrated chips. However, I believe the integrated chips have reached a level that is sufficient for most general purpose, media and gaming needs. The main advantages now are for production level use, input latency for musicians ETC.


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keefy

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i think I will just take my chances with the onboard for a while and see how it goes. TI not a hard to install a sound card.

Now I mentioned this my current sound card keeps dropping audio, it works fine then it cuts out and will not work in VLC WMP, even youtube until I reboot.
 

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As far as gaming goes, the only real tangible benefit of getting a sound card as opposed to just using the mobo sound is to send surround sound game audio to a standard audio/video receiver. Most PC games support surround sound, but it's typically output via the analogue 5.1 or 7.1 line outs to PC speaker systems. With the right sound card, they can digitize those sound channels for use with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound systems, and you can pass that to a receiver using an optical cable or HDMI in some cases. Obviously, this is useful if you're gaming PC is hooked up to a TV and surround sound system.
 

keefy

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The main one is quality which you cant hear as easy if using speakers


I have used this on board sound for far too long its already driving me mad.

1. I have to have it on full blast, both in windows and in the media player or game as well as on my headphones for it to be decently audible. Needs a headphone amp.

2. It sound pathetically poor and hissy and low quality.

8 years old that X-Fi is yet it poops all over this realtek crap.

I dotn really want to get another creative card but so far there really only seems to be Asus or Creative in any of the shops I normally buy stuff from.
 
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Not sure is it has any effect on gaming latency, but I use the Creative USB X-Fi HD. The beauty of this card is easily the sound quality, it literally sings to you. Not shure if it does 5.1, but it does have optical. For me best of all, I can hook my record player directly into it as it has the grounding channel.

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