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Lets consider that Creative 20K2 X-Fi have Quality Level 100..

then what will be the quality level of Creative Sound Core3D?

and how much better Creative Sound Core3D is compare to Realtek ALC 892?
Edited by Ankit07 - 4/5/12 at 9:34am
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I have both i will test for you, okay? i have both boards.
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I highly doubt it would be good. I would say it would be a mix of onboard with a medium range soundcard.
If I was you I would just pick up a ASUS Xonar DX second hand for like $50.
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You probably won't hear any difference unless you're on some good headphones. On-board audio has come a long way. You may hear interference if you use your cases headphone front out.
Edited by Dhalmel - 4/5/12 at 2:23pm
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Good question. I'm gonna keep my eye on this. Thanks Sin!
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The Assassin 2 has excellent Audio, it has on-board AMP's 5 to be exact(one for every output) as well as a bunch of other hardware, it really is a sound card on a motherboard, except it doesn't use up PCi-E slots or bandwidth.

The Core3D is much more integrated, while the C20K2 chip which is on the Assassin 2 has a bunch of DACs and ADCs the Core3D is much more integrated. Gigabyte is using a new line driver/amp on the Sniper 3, M3, and UD5H(ALC898 for UDD5H with creative XF-I)

So let's get something clear other than the GIGABYTE G1 series, the ROG Gene's and Formulas all say XF-I, so does BigBang, but they don't use ANY XF-I hardware, just Realtek ALC codecs like the 892 and 889, the newest is the ALC898 which has be best characteristics and gigabyte is giving the UD5H the same treatment XF-I the ROG and bigbang have except they are also adding in the line-driver/amp onto the board as well for the outputs.

XF-I on the G1 series is actually XF-I, I am not sure how Core3D is but my guess is that it isn't as good as the CA202k which the Assasin 2, Sniper2, And original G1 Sniper and Assassin all had. However I hear the Core3D is better for like online calls and such and music.

If you look at my review of the Sniper 2 right here, the Assassin 2 has the same implementation: http://sinhardware.com/index.php/reviews/motherboards/gigabyte/lga1155/96-g1-sniper-2-review/77-g1sniper2review?showall=&start=3 You can right click and save link and you can then expand the pic, I need to change the way the auto resize operates on the site. THere is also a review of the Assasin 2 on my site as well.
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