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Z77 Mobo Onboard VS PCI-E 5.1 audio card.

Last response: in Components
December 13, 2012 9:00:58 AM

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.

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!
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?
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.