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I know the asus maximus iv gene z has a supreme fx x-fi 2 chip in it. I have Klipsch pro media 2.1 speakers and i was wondering if i purchased an asus xonar essence sound card if i would hear any sound improvement or is it small at best and not worth the money? Thanks for the help. thumb.gif
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It's still a Realtek chip. You will notice a difference in sound quality, but I wouldn't recommend an Essence card unless you are planning to upgrade your speakers or get some good cans.
    
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I listen to a lot of classic rock if that helps at all. What card do you recommend for overall gaming and music. I was going to get some sennheiser hd 595 or 598 soon as well.
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Xonar cards will be good for you (like the DX )

anyway what is you budget?
    
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the get the Creative Titanium HD
    
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Ive heard there software is pretty bad, is that true? also the maximus iv gene z only has an x4 slot. Will the x1 slot on the soundcard still work with an x4 slot? sorry if thats a stupid question.
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Ive heard there software is pretty bad, is that true? also the maximus iv gene z only has an x4 slot. Will the x1 slot on the soundcard still work with an x4 slot? sorry if thats a stupid question.
no , older X-Fis has some drivers issue (although some people says they dont) anyway this has changed in the HD , nobody replayed about having drivers issues even with 64bit sys

and yes a PCIe x1 will work on any other PCIe (x4 , x8 ,x 16 )
    
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I've never had a problem with the software, but it was during Vista's launch where it was most troublesome.

The Titanium HD can be had pretty much. Sometimes it will go on sale for a little over $100.

And yes PCIe 1x will fit in any PCIe slot as Crag stated.
    
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I'd also recommend the Titanium HD - about the software, many say the creative drivers are fine but I'll go a step further and say that the PAX drivers really make this card come alive (newest version is 1.25).
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