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post #1 of 11
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I'm looking at getting a sound card for my P8Z68-V Pro. My choices are these two:
ASUS Xonar D2X
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

I am currently running Sli and read somewhere EMI shielding is prefferd?

Granted I have selected these 2 not only because I've read good things about them, but they look nice and would go well with my cards look.

Would it be better to have it in the PCI-E x1 above my top GPU cards, in between them both or below in the PCI-E x4 slot? Any advantage where it's placed?

Headphones and speakers will come later on.
Mostly gaming, but use for different media.

Maybe a few lame Questions but Im trying to learn.
Any assistance is much appreciated. Thanks!
Edited by Krully - 10/31/11 at 12:19pm
post #2 of 11
Hey, Krully!

First off, as far as which sound card to get goes, I'd go ahead and get the Asus. The Titanium is a great card as well, however Asus drivers are far better than Creative drivers.

I crossfire, and personally I have my card above both cards. If I put it in any of the other slots, it would block airflow one way or another.
post #3 of 11
might as well put it in the pci x1 since graphics card fans point downward. this prevent flow blockage and increase temps (although it really shouldn't make a huge difference).
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Thanks for your fast replies guys, +rep all round.

I was actually leaning towards the Asus more than the other(goes well with my cards)!

I was always curious if placing it in a Pci-e x1 would be a disadvantage or not with other slots free ci-e x4 etc

Thanks again for your help!
post #5 of 11
AFAIK the creative cards are better on game audio and the Asus is better on Music in general, As there both sound cards though it wont be a massive difference to most people

Many say the drivers are better on the ASUS cards but myself i use the asus unified drivers as i had some problems with games, This fixed 95% of the problems i had with my card.

But the problems could be lead to me still using vista.
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Ok, after careful consideration and a decent amount of research.

I think i might go with the ASUS Xonar Essence ST.

Originally I had my heart set on the Asus Xonar D2X, more so for theme looks than future planning.

I've read many great things about this card also, and it is slightly newer than the D2X so that's a plus.
Granted I will have to make use of my spare PCI slot instead of the X1 above my Sli cards. I doubt it would make much difference???

The dream would be to get the ASUS Xense Premium Gaming Audio Set for the card alone and get a really nice set of headphones & speakers later on.
However I'm not an Audiophile(yet) and don't feel like spending too much on a sound card for my current buid(sig rig). Maybe for the next project.
As mentioned yes I do game 50%, but I do love to listen to music 50% and watch the odd movie on the PC.

So with the choice pretty much made, is there any reason why I should not choose the Asus Xonar Essence ST or STX?
Edited by Krully - 11/1/11 at 10:04pm
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Would the Asus Essence ST + AD700 + zalmans clip on mic be a better than the Asus Xense bundle?
post #8 of 11
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After a fair amount of digging through OCN's multitude of informative posts and Comparisons, I went out and bought a Asus Xonar Essence STX sound are, a set of AD700 headphones and a Zalmans clip on mic.

I'm yet to install them as I'm at work currently and am sitting here like a kid on Xmas eve just waiting to open my presents.

I hope I made a good choice in my selection and not a rushed one.

Is there any settings/info I should know prior to installation or after to maximize my enjoyment?
post #9 of 11
You made a very good choice in what you've purchased! When you get home you should be delighted

Only advice I can give is mess around with the EQ a bit to find what you like best. I'm not experienced with Asus' sound card drivers, so I cannot help you there.
post #10 of 11
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So far this setup is amazing! I'm gobsmacked at how wonderful it all sounds!


Now, for the bad news!
In a few weeks/months after I get a bit of cashed saved up I'll get some Audioengin 5 speakers and a s8 subwoofer. Untill then I am stuck using my old PC speakers.
I have a Logitech x-230 2.1 set and a Logitech X-620 6.1 set.

Seeings how they are both crap, which out of the two could possibly give me some temporary bliss?
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