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May 9, 2013 5:49:59 AM

I recently built a new gaming system with a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 mobo. The other day, I came across an old X-Fi Platinum. Is there a noticeable difference in sound quality between this card and what's on my motherboard if I'm using a decent set of headphones?

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a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 6:59:05 AM

Yes, the X-Fi should provide better quality sound than your on-board audio (in most cases). Given the choice, I would certainly use the X-Fi in your situation.
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May 9, 2013 7:20:54 AM

Thanks. It's almost shocking to me. The card came out in what, 2005, 2006? I know onboard audio isn't a huge priority, but I'd figure by now they would have caught up...
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a b 4 Gaming
May 9, 2013 7:28:17 AM

Just moving the audio device away from the "noise" generated by the motherboard will help with sound quality.

The X-Fi family (and yours is one of the better ones) generally produces very good sound. Try it out. If you don't like what you hear, you can always revert back to the integrated audio.

Good luck!
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