Z77 Mobo Onboard VS PCI-E 5.1 audio card. Tags: Sound Cards Audio PCI Express Components Last response: December 14, 2012 7:38 AM in Components Share aleksanderdev December 13, 2012 9:00:58 AM Hi. Im buying new pc speakers and from what i can see Logitech Z-906 5.1 seems the like the best choice in its price range. Now I'm wondering if i would get better audio from a pci-e audio card compared to using the onboard on my Z77 Sabertooth Mobo. Also which audio cards would you recommend, I think the Asus Xonar series seems like a good choice above creative's new serie. More about : z77 mobo onboard pci audio card mi1ez December 13, 2012 9:20:55 AM Xonar is a good choice, but I would suggest trying it on the motherboard before spending more on a sound card. You may find it better than you're expecting! aleksanderdev December 13, 2012 9:35:14 AM I think the biggest difference would be with down or up mixing sampling or something like that and what codecs the card/onboard can convert or something. But i know very little about it. Someone that knows? Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer mi1ez December 14, 2012 7:38:47 AM Codecs are all handled within the OS. I still reckon give it a go without first. Or see if you can borrow a friend's. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Sound Card , MoBo Compatibility, Onboard Audio Forum Onboard vs Dedicated Audio Forum How to enable 5.1 SurroundDolby Digital Live - AsRock z77 Extreme 4 Forum Z77 Mobo discussion Forum Whats the difference between Onboard and pci Express audio card Forum SLI GTX 670 on Sabertooth Z77 with sound card ? Forum Sound card vs onboard audio - which is better Forum Best PCI-e sound card for gaming/movies in 5.1 Forum Soundblaster X-Fi or onboard audio ? Forum Audigy 2 ZS + Onboard Realtek Forum Z77 MOBO VS X79 Forum Onboard vs Dedicated Sound Cards/ 5.1 Surround Sounds System Forum Onboard vs . Card - sound. Forum What is the best Z77 chipset motherboard currently? Forum z77 Motherboard Discussion Forum Soundcards pci vs pci-e / d2x vs x-fi express / x-fi vs x-fi exp & onboard Forum Realtek HDA Onboard vs ASUS XONAR_DG 5.1 Card ? Forum Onboard or dedicated Forum Voltage Forum External USB Sound Card Forum More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !