Originally Posted by paradoxum I'm thinking of getting the Formula with ThunderFX, I just have a few questions about it.
1. USB sound card, is it actually any good compared to a PCI-E sound card? "USB" just makes it sound kind of crappy to me? am I wrong?
2. Does it make the on-board SupremeFX IV integrated sound obsolete, or does it work in conjunction with it? Is it better than the on-board SupremeFX IV if it does make it obsolete? (I would hope so?)
3. When using the ThunderFX, does it require / benefit from using a USB 3.0 port or is a 2.0 port enough?
4. It seems like everything I read about the ThunderFX talks about using headphones with it, is it not meant to be used for plugging your speakers in, and then when you decide to switch to headphones/mic for gaming, swap the cables? Or is the idea to use the on-board SupremeFX IV with your speakers, and the ThunderFX for your headphones?
5. Is there a replacement waterblock for the Fusion Thermo block that has G1/4" threads? The entire rest of my system uses G1/4" threads with 1/2" ID tubing and compression fittings, I can use the Fusion Thermo block as it is with a fitting reducer like this, but that would be so much more hassle.
6. What is the best RAM I should pick up for this board? I will be getting an Intel Core i7 3770K (Ivy Bridge) CPU with it if that helps, I will be watercooling and overclocking.
Thanks in advance and +reps.
1) IMHO (naturally depending on the actual 'card' - DAC/Processor is better description) a USB solution will almost always be in every way superior to a PCI/PCIe sound card. For referrence here is mine
. Way overkill for 'soundcard' - but I assure you it sounds every bit as good as a $2K CD player provided your files are lossless and of adequate bitrate. Works great for games too.
2) I believe the ThunderFX solution is in conjunction with the SupremeFX - but I could be wrong about that - it seems similar to the breakout boxes Creative uses - but they don't have much in the way of diagrams, specs, or pictures of the back, etc. From the wording on the Asus site it seems like more of a dedicated headphone amp for the SupremeFX to feed - but I could be wrong on that.
3) A USB 2.0 port is capable of many, many times the necessary bandwidth for audio! Remember that even with a FLAC of a very complex piece of music you're usually talking about less than 1 megabit
per second - usually somewhere around 600-900kbps. So even USB 1.0 is around 10X faster than necessary for audio. USB 2 is well over 400X faster than necessary.
4) See #2
5) I know EK has one, but I also believe there are a couple of other companies that have one - I think I've seen a MIPS block around this site somewhere.
6) Seems like all the cool kids
are using these cheap azz Samsung sticks
... they're supposed to be unreal in the OC department. Dominators or Vengeance sticks are great for decent OC coupled with great looks (IMO at least) but if you're purely looking for numbers... get the Sammies.
There are lots of other options as far as RAM is concerned... you should check the appropriate forum
for more info and experts. Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 12/3/12 at 10:59am