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I was looking into 1155 motherboards, and I have it in my budget for a new motherboard and CPU, but I don't think I can fit in a sound card as well even though I would like to. Are there any 1155 boards that have really good dedicated sound chips? I know most on-board is just terrible, but its worth asking.
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the sniper boards are supposed to have good sound but i dont really know so you might want to check on that.
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All those are 1366, I know they made one for 1155 but I don't think its on newegg yet.
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The Realtek 889 chips offer the best "sound performance", Gigabyte seems to realize this. The 892 is an ok sound chip for general use/playback.
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Call me ignorant, but I thought the 892 was an upgrade over the 889 ? Don't take this the wrong way, I'm curious where you got that information and if they have a breakdown of the various audio chips ?

I'm in the same boat, I have a PCI HT Omega Striker 7.1 audio card, but with the layout of some of these new boards and all the THX/XFi branding I'm seeing, I wonder if it's worth using on my next build. I use some crappy speakers most of the time (and headphones occasionally while gaming).
     
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Call me ignorant, but I thought the 892 was an upgrade over the 889 ? Don't take this the wrong way, I'm curious where you got that information and if they have a breakdown of the various audio chips ?

I'm in the same boat, I have a PCI HT Omega Striker 7.1 audio card, but with the layout of some of these new boards and all the THX/XFi branding I'm seeing, I wonder if it's worth using on my next build. I use some crappy speakers most of the time (and headphones occasionally while gaming).
Even though it has a higher number its not better then the 889, the 889 is the chip to go for [much better SNR]. even better is to get a reall proper soundcard.
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NVM, just dug up the Realtek official info on the 889 and 892 and the ALC 889 is definitely the better option. The 889 has 108db signal to noise ratio DAC's vs. the 892 has only 95db DAC's and the ADC's have similar differences, 104db vs. 90db.
Keep in mind the decibel scale is a power curve (like when measuring the magnitude of earthquakes) so those are some serious differences.
ALC889
http://www.realtek.com/products/prod...n=4&ProdID=173
ALC892
http://www.realtek.com/products/prod...n=4&ProdID=284

All of the Realtek HD codecs
http://www.realtek.com/products/prod...Level=5&Conn=4
     
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even better is to get a reall proper soundcard.
this.

i mean buying an expencive mobo ($250-$400) to get decent sound is pointless... you are better off getting a decent mobo($100-$180) and getting a dedicated sound card ...your sound quality will be much better .

and dont listen to those that say onboard sound nowdays is just as good as having a soundcard,thats a lie or ignorance.
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this.

i mean buying an expencive mobo ($250-$400) to get decent sound is pointless... you are better off getting a decent mobo($100-$180) and getting a dedicated sound card ...your sound quality will be much better .

and dont listen to those that say onboard sound nowdays is just as good as having a soundcard,thats a lie or ignorance.
I agree. If you are choosing between two otherwise equal boards and the onboard sound card is the only difference, then obviously go for the better one. But to buy a more expensive board just for the sound is generally not worth it. It would be like paying a few thousand more for the color of car that you want rather than buying a cheaper one and getting a paint job so they end up the same color anyway, saving you money.
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