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Can this MOBO use this cable to carry 7.1 audio to this receiver But mine has that model number but its a 7.1?
 
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Yep it should work just fine.
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ok and that would sound better then just using the normal green analog?
 
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I used a digital output into a high end receiver for a long time and it is definitely higher quality. That said, on-board sound can be pretty good and higher end dedicated sound cards can also improve the analog output to some degree but if you want to cleanest, lowest noise, signal then digital out is where you will find it.

What's your main use of this system? Gaming, audio processing, normal desktop,?
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the the system is going to be gaming and movies and web. its a 2500k that MOBO and a 6950
 
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Another option would be that the 6950 has digital audio pass through via the HDMI connection to an AV receiver or HDTV. That way you can get your digital video and audio over the same cable.

I used to do that too: I had all my consoles and computer connected to the tv via HDMI and then had a toslink out from the tv to the receiver. Same concept just a little different connection is all.
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Another option would be that the 6950 has digital audio pass through via the HDMI connection to an AV receiver or HDTV. That way you can get your digital video and audio over the same cable.
I used to do that too: I had all my consoles and computer connected to the tv via HDMI and then had a toslink out from the tv to the receiver. Same concept just a little different connection is all.

they i would had done that but my monitor does not have toslink, But all in all using a toslink will give me better sound.
 
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they i would had done that but my monitor does not have toslink, But all in all using a toslink will give me better sound.

Yes.
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Yes.

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One big thing that a lot of people are mistaken about: Just because a motherboard has an optical out, does NOT mean that your games and whatnot will play back on 5.1/7.1 channels on your receiver. Movies that are Dolby Digital encoded, or DTS WILL work just fine in their full audio glory though.

Reason for this is that games on PC just don't support audio in Dolby or DTS. They're meant to be played back on computer speakers that are hooked up via the normal analogue cables. For you to get your audio in full 6 or 8 channels, you need a sound card that is Dolby Digital Live or DTS-Connect enabled. What this does is takes the uncompressed 5.1/7.1 channels of audio that meant to be played through your normal computer speakers, and encodes them on-the-fly into either DTS or Dolby Digital which can then be sent through the Toslink cable to be decoded by your receiver. Its because the Toslink connector/cable just doesn't have enough bandwidth to transmit the full uncompressed 5.1/7.1 audio. To test this, just play a game while its connected to the Toslink ouput - you'll only get 2 channels. Now if you run Windows' built-in audio test, you'll get the full surround speakers. Thats because the audio test has the audio thats been encoded in Dolby Digital or DTS, which is capable of transmitting the full 6/8 channels.

For this, you'd normally need a discrete sound card which does have either DTS-C or DDL. The Realtek ALC892 doesn't support either of these as far as I can see.

I've had the same problem too - my motherboard has an optical out, but it only plays games and music in 2 channels. Movies encoded in DTS or DD, play back just fine.
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