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Motherboards Sound Card vs Mobo

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Frohicky1, 4 Nov 2012.

  1. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    Howdy all,

    Recently bought new PC, old X-Fi Fatal1ty is PCI so no slots on new mobo. When using mumble my team mates now say I sound 'like I'm underwater' and there's some sort of low level reverb. Same logitech microphone, so wondering if a new PCIE sound card will help?

    Guess the question is, do sound cards have any real advantage over onboard sound these days?
     
  2. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    My ASUS D2X offers a very rich soundscape! So from films to playing BF3 through a 5.1 system it's very immersive and has never missed a beat. Would never simply use the Motherboards sound output these days.
     
  3. spolsh

    spolsh Multimodder

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    I just bought a Xonar DG - cheapest Asus card i could get - and it is massively, hugely better than the onboard sound on a sabretooth 990FX (fairly recent board).
     
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    Got the Xonar DG in my old PC, superb sound through the headphones on this one.
     
  5. TheDodoKiller

    TheDodoKiller Minimodder

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    Well, when I bought my mobo, A crosshair IV formula, I thought the Creative XFi stuff that was onboard was pretty darn good. Then I tried a friends Xonar DX, a fairly low end card, and I needed one.

    Bottom line- If you can afford one, then you should have one.
     
  6. fdbh96

    fdbh96 What's a Dremel?

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    Got a dg and is definately better, but its pci although I believe asus make a pcie model even though its nearly the same price as the DX.
     
  7. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    Damn, pity there isn't a PCI-E one for PCI price. So the Xonars still the way to go over, say, Creative or Auzentech?

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    RocketPotato What's a Dremel?

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  9. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    Not bad, £60 ish.

    Is EAX dead these days? Not seen it mentioned since the days of BF2.
     
  10. docodine

    docodine killed a guy once

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    I'm happy with my Xonar U3, it's similar to the Xonar DG but with a USB interface.

    I can use it on my laptop and at work if I need to, so it worked out for me.
     
  11. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    Proprietary Creative gimmick. Onboard chips have never supported it, and those who used to buy Creative buy Asus now, which doesn't support it either.
     
  12. Frohicky1

    Frohicky1 Awaits his moosey fate . . .

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    Thought as much. From selling my old kit i've got enough for a DX2. This still a good card?

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  13. GeorgeK

    GeorgeK Swinging the banhammer Super Moderator

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  14. Yslen

    Yslen Lord of the Twenty-Seventh Circle

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    Yes.

    Your issue is likely the mic preamp rather than the quality of the DAC chip, but both should be better with a dedicated card.
     

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