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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme vs Asus P8p67 onboard audio...using a optical out to 5.1 surround receiver....where am I going to get better quality?
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Is the onboard audio Realtek?
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Is the onboard audio Realtek?
Yes it is. Op, you better go with a dedicated soundcard for better SQ.
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The Sound Blaster will be better.
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post #5 of 18
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Yes it is. Op, you better go with a dedicated soundcard for better SQ.
If he has the latest Realtek drivers, the Realtek provides better sound (at least according to the specs).

That Soundblaster puts out 24-bit (so does the Realtek) and goes up to 92khz (the Realtek goes up to 192khz). So, according to those specs, there wouldn't really be any difference.
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If he has the latest Realtek drivers, the Realtek provides better sound (at least according to the specs).

That Soundblaster puts out 24-bit (so does the Realtek) and goes up to 92khz (the Realtek goes up to 192khz). So, according to those specs, there wouldn't really be any difference.
I cant get my system to output 192khz i just get silence when I set 192
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post #7 of 18
Xtreme? Xtreme what?
Creative has numerous "Xtreme" cards.

XtremeAudio (This one is crappy), XtremeMusic, XtremeGamer...etc
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Xtreme? Xtreme what?
Creative has numerous "Xtreme" cards.

XtremeAudio (This one is crappy), XtremeMusic, XtremeGamer...etc
Xtreme Audio. So basically is the consensus that at 9600hz im better off going with my realtek onboard?
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post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Broseidon View Post
If he has the latest Realtek drivers, the Realtek provides better sound (at least according to the specs).

That Soundblaster puts out 24-bit (so does the Realtek) and goes up to 92khz (the Realtek goes up to 192khz). So, according to those specs, there wouldn't really be any difference.
Specs mean nothing when it comes to onboard audio. It is almost always bad in comparison to a dedicated sound card.

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Originally Posted by cryfreedom66 View Post
Xtreme Audio. So basically is the consensus that at 9600hz im better off going with my realtek onboard?
I'm willing to bet the X-FI card will be better even though it is the lower-end XtremeAudio. If you have a little bit of time your best bet is to try both, it shouldn't take long to make a decision. 95% sure the dedicated card will be better.
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post #10 of 18
I have an ASUS P7P55D-E LX with VIA VT1708S 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC and a SoundBlaster Xtreme Music. I can't speak for the Realtek but my Xtreme Music was noticeably better than the VIA.
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