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Motherboard's sound vs X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity

Last response: in Components
February 13, 2011 6:37:51 AM

Hello :D .

I recently purchased a MSI P55-G55A 1156 motherboard.

My question is whether the soundcard built into my motherboard is better than my X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity PCI card.

From MSI's website I was able to pull this out:


• Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
- Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec

I don't really understand what specs mean for sound cards but here's some info on the card:

I've heard that having a dedicated sound card takes some load off the processor which would mean better performance overall. I'm not really a sound-freak nor a hardcore gamer but I just dont want to add something that detracts from the performance.

My current system:

Intel Core i5 760 @ 2.83Ghz (everything stock settings :p )
MSI P55a-G55
430W Antec Basiq Power Supply
XFX Radeon 5670 1GB
500GB Seagate Baracuda
Windows 7 Professional

Thanks for your help!

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a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2011 6:55:07 AM

id say xfi since it supports better soundc quality in games, and adds options, the xfi-line of creative is quite good, even there low end xfi is an upgrade from onboard sound
a c 1160 V Motherboard
February 13, 2011 12:34:37 PM

To reap the rewards of good quality sound card over onboard digital you will have to have a good speaker system (headphones) not some generic crap.
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a c 117 V Motherboard
February 13, 2011 1:42:46 PM

^+1 i agree 100% if you don't have high quality speakers or headphones a soundcard is a waste.
If you have quality speakers/headphones, yes , a soundcard is a improvement over onboard.
Do you have to spend alot of money?
I have a Msi P55A-GD55(secondary rig)with an Auzentech X-Plosion ($45 CAD) hooked up to Logitech X-540($50) and it sounds good to me.
I realize neither of the above components are first rate but honestly for the money it's a major improvement over onboard and cheapo(generic) speakers.
Both prices were basically half price on sale.
Quality sound on a budget can be done.
a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2011 2:12:04 PM

I do alot of recording (guitar,keyboard,vocals) on my tower so a soundcard is a must.
Though I went with a Xonar DG to keep costs down.
24bit/48khz sampling is fine for the recording I do.
Also use a Creative surround sound speaker system so I think it makes a difference there also.
a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2011 7:25:27 PM

which budget speakers beside that would u recommand davcon> im using aset of edifiers 2.1 and sound quite good, on a audigy 2
February 17, 2011 1:50:18 AM

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a c 136 V Motherboard
February 17, 2011 9:08:23 AM

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