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Need Help looking for a 7.1 pci sound card...

im going to the buy the razer tiamat 7.1 when its releases by the end of feb but i need a 7.1 sound card to have true surround..i have a 890gxm-g65 board and only have my bottom pci slot open.(6970 takes up most of the space) price range dont matter to me right now but under 100 is tolerable...anyone reccommend a highly rated sound card for me??
i looked on razer site and what they recommend for the tiamat but this will be my first sound card ever...so i dont have a clue what to buy..help is appreciated.
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  1. Have you thought about taking advantage of your onboard audio? The MSI boast that the 890gxm-g65 have:

    Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio
    Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Don’t be fooled by other inferior audio solutions onboard (sometimes you can’t even find the driver!) Only MSI offers the Loss-less 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear & vivid HD audio quality and support 7.1 channels surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel 3.5 inch phone jack


    Audio

    • Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC889
    - True Blu-ray Audio Support
    - Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
    - Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
  2. i know about its realtek on board audio...but i always assume a aftermarket sound card will deliver more performance...then its onboard card. is the specs good on the onboard chip? bcuz i dont know much about the 24-bit/192khz and 109 SNR db.. i have a idea on what they do and how they affect audio but not a detailed look on what exactly those numbers mean.. is the onboard audio comparable to a 50 to 70 dollar sound card?
  3. randomkid said:
    Have you thought about taking advantage of your onboard audio? The MSI boast that the 890gxm-g65 have:

    Lossless 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio
    Onboard PC audio gets better! MSI is the first to implement the most high-end HD Audio codecs available. Don’t be fooled by other inferior audio solutions onboard (sometimes you can’t even find the driver!) Only MSI offers the Loss-less 24-bit/192KHz HD Audio function with an incredible 109 SNR dB value to provide the most clear & vivid HD audio quality and support 7.1 channels surround sound playback with a 2-channel independent stereo output (multiple streaming) through the front panel 3.5 inch phone jack


    Audio

    • Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC889
    - True Blu-ray Audio Support
    - Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
    - Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec



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    f12ostii said:
    i know about its realtek on board audio...but i always assume a aftermarket sound card will deliver more performance...then its onboard card. is the specs good on the onboard chip? bcuz i dont know much about the 24-bit/192khz and 109 SNR db.. i have a idea on what they do and how they affect audio but not a detailed look on what exactly those numbers mean.. is the onboard audio comparable to a 50 to 70 dollar sound card?

    I have been using onboard audio in all my PC's & I have a Logitech Z-5500 5.1 sound system in one of them. So far I do not felt the need to justify spending 25% of the motherboard cost for something that is already there.
    The best action to take is to use the onboard first & play it by your ear. If you don't like it, then you can buy. If you have friends who already have add-on sound card, try to listen to it & see if you can tell a significant difference in audio quality to justify the extra expense which you could otherwise save towards an SSD or a better graphics card.
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