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January 14, 2011 4:47:01 PM

Just built up a new Sandy Bridge system with an ASUS P9P657 Deluxe mother board and the Intel i7 2600K. I have an old PCI Sound (standard PCI not express) Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Music (SB0460).

Should I just get rid of the old PCI SB X-FI or and use the on board sound? Or should I disable the Onboard sound and use the SB card?

Right now I mostly just using the sound through a set of Logictech 5.1 speakers, and maybe occasionally through a head set.


I'm looking for perspectives on 1) Sound quality. 2) System performance.

a c 100 V Motherboard
January 14, 2011 5:12:08 PM

Welcome to the Forum!

First check out the quality of the on-board sound. In most cases, it is surprisingly good!

After building my system, I installed a Creative SB X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty sound card and realized that I didn't gain much by doing so. So I uninstalled the sound card, and am now using the on-board sound.

In either case, the system performance will not be noticeable.

Stay with the on-board sound.
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January 14, 2011 6:15:51 PM

shotosan said:
Just built up a new Sandy Bridge system with an ASUS P9P657 Deluxe mother board and the Intel i7 2600K. I have an old PCI Sound (standard PCI not express) Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Music (SB0460).

Should I just get rid of the old PCI SB X-FI or and use the on board sound? Or should I disable the Onboard sound and use the SB card?

Right now I mostly just using the sound through a set of Logictech 5.1 speakers, and maybe occasionally through a head set.


I'm looking for perspectives on 1) Sound quality. 2) System performance.

He is right.On board sound works,and works well in most motherboards.I have a Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and the onboard audio is "good".If you want "great" go with a soundcard.
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January 20, 2011 11:00:33 PM

So far I've gone with just the on board sound. Although I seem to be having an issue with my motherboard configuration. Not sure if it's really anything to do with the on board sound but it locks up and I get this crazy loud Static-Of-Death emanating from the on board audio.

I do have the latest drivers and bios too.

Check it out on you tube here.

Tracking the problem in asus forum here.
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a c 117 V Motherboard
January 22, 2011 12:42:20 AM

That sucks man! personally i would install the X-FI and see what happens.
Worth a shot right?
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January 22, 2011 12:50:15 AM

shotosan said:
Just built up a new Sandy Bridge system with an ASUS P9P657 Deluxe mother board


Boy, I miss a second and SB is now P9 ?? Whats the new 657 chip set like ? Can you OC to like 7 GB ?
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