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I'm looking to get a PCI soundcard for gaming and music. I originally wanted the Asus Xonar STX but I realized that won't fit on my motherboard.

I use an Asus P8P67 and my triple slot 6970 blocks up all the slots till just above the black PCIe slot. I'm wondering if I would be able to fit the STX into that slot or would I have to get a PCI sound card that will fit into one of the light blue PCI slots below.

    
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post #2 of 7
The Essence STX looks like it will fit fine mate

. edit - STX looks better that the XFi.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/4/11 at 3:16am
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cool okay thanks! I'm still worried that the tight fit would interfere with the cooling of the GPU since the fans will sit right above the sound card. should this be a concern?
    
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post #4 of 7
Buy a receiver. Use onboard optical out. Win.
post #5 of 7
If you have the money then go for STX, otherwise I will gladly recommend SB X-Fi Titanium PCI-e x1. Have never had issues with it.
post #6 of 7
I'm running a P8P67 with 2 GTX570s in SLI and I fit my X-FI Titanium HD PCIe x1 in the top most slot. Granted it's a tight squeeze between the top 570 and my Noctua cooler, but it fit.

I think you'll have no problem.
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by maybbmay View Post
I'm running a P8P67 with 2 GTX570s in SLI and I fit my X-FI Titanium HD PCIe x1 in the top most slot. Granted it's a tight squeeze between the top 570 and my Noctua cooler, but it fit.

I think you'll have no problem.
whoa. okay man. that's great to hear. thanks!
    
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Seasonic Platinum 860 Antec Eleven Hundred Razer Deathadder Black Edition Puretrak Talent 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX M-Audio AV40 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2600K Asus P8P67 MSI NGTX580 Lightning G.Skill Ripjaws-X 1600MHz 8GB CL9 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Crucial C300 128GB| Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung S23A950D Filco Majestouch 2 87-key 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic Platinum 860 Antec Eleven Hundred Razer Deathadder Black Edition Puretrak Talent 
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Asus Xonar Essence STX M-Audio AV40 
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