Hi all. I've been thinking recently about the sound quality of mini-ITX motherboards. As a result I decided to post a thread and receive some answers from knowledgeable people. The google search didn't return any sensible results. And I saw some other topics here in the forums, but they are ancient (2005, 2009 etc). I think a slight refresh on the topic in 2012 is a nice chit-chat which might lead to some clarifcation in the field I really like the mini-ITX form factor and I hope my next build is such, but what bugs me is the sound. Currently at my parents' PC, they have this board: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5QEM/ . It's intended for home theater, and sound is not bad. But I bought them a cheap sound card: http://support.creative.com/Product...e! 24-bit&subCatName=Live!&CatName=Sound+Blas . What can I say, the differnce is amazing...it's just everywhere- skype, youtube, mp3, flac, whatever... Now these days I see mini-ITX boards like this: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-board-dh67cf.html . 10 channel audio>? Is it really? Some people experimented and came to the conclusion that "it depends" whether you need a sound card. But from my exerience it's a necessity, even if it's a cheap one. What about the external one's from Creative and other brands? You can suit yourself with as little as $35 That doesn't look so much to me. How do you find the sound quality from mini-ITX boards? Share your experience. I'm quite interested to read. 10x.