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So I just ordered the ASRock 890FX Deluxe5.
The conundrum I have is whether or not to install the unwisely purchased X-Fi Extreme Audio in between my 2 5770's in CFX, or just run the ALC892 for the time being.
I have to think that the airflow for the top card would be better if I just waited for a Titanium or Xonar and run it in the PCEIx1 slot, as the Extreme Audio would HAVE to be in between them.
Is the 892 going to sound much worse? And is it true that the Extreme Audio actually doesn't offload anything from the CPU as well?
Thanks in advance.
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You have both cards don't you? see for yourself.
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actually the difference is barely noticeable , i think you better save some money for a new card .
But since you do have the card i think you better see your self if it's worth it

About the CPU load , it's true any dedicated sound card pulls the load from the CPU , but because of today's powerful CPU it's almost unnoticeable , but usually the dedicated sound card relive your OS form multi-tasking bugs known in WIN.......so yes a sound card will help but not in the terms of extra performance or extra FPS
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Well, I just heard that while MOST dedicated cards offload some from the CPU, that the Extreme Audio uses some software hack to force the CPU cycles for itself and really doesn't offload anything. I heard this can if fact be worse than onboard.
And whereas I can try anything for myself...it's not out of line to see if anyone else has done it already, and how they felt about the result.
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I will soon have CF and a xonar DX that has to be in between, so I'm going to get a pci-e 4x extension cable, they are cheap, and will take care of the air flow/heat problem, and my case is a TV stand....so even easier for me.

http://shop.ebay.com/sis.html?_nkw=P...Extender+cable
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Well, I just heard that while MOST dedicated cards offload some from the CPU, that the Extreme Audio uses some software hack to force the CPU cycles for itself and really doesn't offload anything. I heard this can if fact be worse than onboard.
And whereas I can try anything for myself...it's not out of line to see if anyone else has done it already, and how they felt about the result.
you are taking the CPU load too far...............................believe me nothing to worry about OMG you got a 955 @ 3.8GHZ

the reason for staying with the 892 is that the Xtreme Audio uses the same Audigy chipset that's a reason for NOT recommending the Xtreme Audio that much.....................frankly it`s not a wise upgrade

and about noticing any difference you have to tell us what are using for sound system (speakers or headphones)
    
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