Sound card help needed
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November 15, 2012, 10:26 AM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Brockville, ON
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well, I am not a music or sound nut, and depending on your setup will depend on different needs thats a given.
Though windows XP made a good soundcard far better to have vs onboard, and yes the best onboard from realtek or asus is actually pretty darn good, discrete soundcards still hold thier own.
I suppose something like the ROG thunderbolt sound thingy is one thing, but, mobo makers are generally going to give you sound, not the best of it.
I know even for my "cheap" headset, going with onboard vs a soundcard, there is a very pronounced difference, I can only imagine what it would be like with an expensive set and all the right parts.
There is those standalone dac units that boost the sound and decode it to feed it to headsets or amplifiers I forget the name of them, but apprently they are top notch as well.
My System Specs
ASUS M5A99X EVO
PII 955BE C3 max 4.34 Ghz 1.435v HT 2.182 CPU-NB 2867 MX4 CM Hyper 212+ push/pull stock fan
G Skill 2x4 8gb RipjawX 1866 9,10,9,27,42 1.5v at 1787 9,9,9,25,34 1.51v
MSI TFIII 7870 OC running 825/1005 .881V 58% fan 56c, 983/1375 core/mem 1.150V 74% fan 64c, 1267/1535 1.232V 87% fan 74c gaming stable one of lowest volt/high clock 7870 I have seen.
Crucial MX100 256gb Caviar black 640(game) Caviar blue 1tb(junk/storage external)
Antec GX700 yuck :(
ASUS Xonar DX
Samsung 2570HD(typical responce time 7+ms :( and Acer P223W(<1ms typical)
Windows 7 64 home premium
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