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Old November 14, 2013, 07:26 AM
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I might be in the wrong forum since this is a hardware question, but there are more gamers here.
Is there any real benefits of having surround sound for gaming or a nice set of stereo headphone is just as good?
I am looking at the Logitech G35 which has simulated surround sound.
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Old November 14, 2013, 08:11 AM
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I vote for surround if you like to play first person shooters like battlefield. I went from stereo cans to a tiamat 7.1. Night and day.
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Old November 14, 2013, 08:44 AM
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Thanks. Do you need a sound card for tiamat 7.1?
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Old November 14, 2013, 08:50 AM
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From the specs on NCIX:

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PC with built-in 3.5mm audio jacks & 1 USB port
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Old November 14, 2013, 09:10 AM
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I second the Tiamat recommendation. Analog is a much better surround sound than a simulated surround.
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Thanks. According to the motherboard user manual, the i/o at the back has connectors for mid/sub, sides and back for 7.1 setup. Why is a sound card needed? For amplification and noise reduction?
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Old November 14, 2013, 03:01 PM
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If your mobo outputs 7.1 I'd think it would be ok. Note that you need 4 outputs, not 3 for 7.1. Fronts, center/sub, sides and rear. The headphones seem to have low impedance, so an onboard sound card should be able to drive them.
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Thanks. There are indeed 4 connectors as you described. My understanding is that these on-board sounds are noisy, at least in the past, so I have always used digital output to my receiver. Since it is game play, do you think it is not as critical?
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I have the G35 and love it
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Old November 15, 2013, 10:40 AM
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To me, if you're going to spend $150 on a set of gaming headphones, why wouldn't you spend $50-60 on a sound card to drive it and get better sounding results? While onboard sound is leaps and bounds over what it used to be, it's still not as good as a discrete card.

I'm on my 4th sound card, stepping up and loving the improvements every time. My first sound card actually made me a better Counterstrike player because I could hear footsteps clearly.
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