So I built a few rigs over the winter break and one of them has an ASUS Rampage II Gene MB inside of it. The Asus comes with SupremeFX X-Fi 8 channel audio with its own dedicated chip ontop of the MB but I am unsure of its quality becuase even though it's Creative LAbs it came "free". I also have a CL X-Fi audio card lying around but I am 90% sure it is much worse than the Supreme. Could someone please reassure me that the Supreme is indeed amazing despite its small size+free?
I had an old (very old!) dell. With something like a Pentium D cpu.
Its onboard sound was CRAP! you could hear all kinds of noize and things you wouldnt expect to hear.
I havent listened to onboard from that day, i had a x-fi pci card installed in the dell, and later used a usb card from a steelseries headset, wich actually sounded amazing imo.
Now im sitting on my Rampage II gene, and i think its audio is kinda good. I havent geeked around with the settings and equalizer, but its not bad.
But i havent heard any onboard to compare it with since 2005.
I think it sounds very much like my pci x-fi, but i dont know how other x58 mb's sound.
If got an Asus p6t dlx and it has an ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC w/ Soundmax drivers. It is really nice compared to my previous onboard sound. I was looking at buying a Asus Xonar or Auzentech card - but i find that this chip works fine for my needs. Im using Steelseries Siberia V2s (connected with the 3.5mm jack not usb) and they sound great.
from what i understand, the supreme xfi benefits are all driver side. The sound chip still works just like any other onboard - even for the supremexfi ad-in pcie card. A real sound card will probably be better in the end.
Delusion77, I also own a P6T V2 Deluxe and i still decided to go with the ASUS Xonar sound card. On-board doesn't cut it. The difference is night and day!
Hmm but a CL x-fi audio is not that good a SC-still better?
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