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ASUS Sabertooth Z87 on-board sound vs. Creative SoundBlaster Z?

Hey,

I will be using a pair of Astro A40s and wondered if it was worth getting a Sound Card or use the on-board. (Quality).
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  1. Mace ya face said:
    Hey,

    I will be using a pair of Astro A40s and wondered if it was worth getting a Sound Card or use the on-board. (Quality).


    if you are a serious gamer then yes you will notice a difference, i use my a40 on my onboard and it still works wonders for me
  2. I suggest you try onboard sound first. Particularly if you are using a quality new generation motherboard.
    It usually is very good.
    You can always add a discrete sound card later.
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    Mace ya face said:
    Hey,

    I will be using a pair of Astro A40s and wondered if it was worth getting a Sound Card or use the on-board. (Quality).


    your sound is 112 dB SNR , the SB Z is 116 DB SNR , you need to understand that every 3 more DB SNR , thats DOuble the quality of the sound , so the Creative is double sound Quality.

    plus the Creative has a 600ohm Amplifier for headphones ... your board doesnt have it.

    so yes the Creative Z is double the sound Quality WITH 600 ohm AMP ... (doesnt work with USB headphones , needs direct input)
  4. One last question. Can anyone tell me the audio specs of the Maximus VI Hero?
  5. Mace ya face said:
    One last question. Can anyone tell me the audio specs of the Maximus VI Hero?


    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VI_HERO/#overview

    also lower than Creativ Soundblaster Z
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