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Alright, well most of this will probably sound painfully obvious to most of you, but this is the first time I'm purchasing a dedicated sound card. Can't post a link on my Itouch, but the sound card in question is the ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1 PCI-E. So what I'm wondering is, how big of a difference would it make choosing the pci-e version over the pci?

Also, at the moment I have my speakers plugged into the onboard sound on the back of my mobo and my headset on the front green/pink jacks of my case. So as I stated before, this would sound painfully obvious to anyone knowledgable about this, but I need to make sure. If I have the same setup when I have the Xonar, with my speakers plugged into it, and the headset plugged into the case, my headset won't benefit from the sound card at all, is this correct? So I'd have to swap between my speakers and headset when I want either to use the sound card?
Edited by venomblade - 10/6/12 at 10:51am
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Zero difference. Just depends what's open on your mobo or futureproofing if you think PCI will get phased out.

Some soundcards let you use the front panel of your tower to connect to the soundcard. Depends on the soundcard
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Zero difference. Just depends what's open on your mobo or futureproofing if you think PCI will get phased out.
Some soundcards let you use the front panel of your tower to connect to the soundcard. Depends on the soundcard
When you say phased out, are you talking about things such as driver support for the pci version? The pci version could help me organize better in my case so I can still fit in another 670 whenever I please.

Also newegg says it has a front panel header so I'm guessing that's it? I'm trying look on the sound card to locate it. Is it a physical port? Or will my front panel work without anything connected to the sound card just because it's plugged in?

Edit: aha I see the connector at tthe top right of the card, so I would just unplug the wire out of my mobo and into the card, very nice. Thanks for the help, I'll try to +rep if it's possible on an itouch.
Edited by venomblade - 10/6/12 at 11:41am
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Both of them have a front panel connector so no need to worry about that.

By phased out she means that PCI will be gone completely. It's legacy hardware and after so many years they get rid of it on hardware. So if you buy a new motherboard and it doesn't have PCI slots you won't be able to use the DG.

As long as Asus still makes the driver for newer OS then it should work technically.
    
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Both of them have a front panel connector so no need to worry about that.
By phased out she means that PCI will be gone completely. It's legacy hardware and after so many years they get rid of it on hardware. So if you buy a new motherboard and it doesn't have PCI slots you won't be able to use the DG.
As long as Asus still makes the driver for newer OS then it should work technically.

Ah I see now. And my memory must be slipping. Now that I've gotten home I see that I use a green/pink(don't know the proper name for this) to usb adapter and that's how I've been connecting my headset to the back of my computer. If I do start using the front panel's usb, I'm sure that it won't work if I plug in the front panel wire to my sound card right? That only works for the green/pink, not usb, is that right?
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Anyone? I just want to know if when I plug in my headset to my frontpanel usb, would or would it not benefit from a dedicated sound card that has the HD Front Panel audio plugged into the sound card. Or does the HD Front Panel connection only apply to the green/pink 3.5mm wires?
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Anyone? I just want to know if when I plug in my headset to my frontpanel usb, would or would it not benefit from a dedicated sound card that has the HD Front Panel audio plugged into the sound card. Or does the HD Front Panel connection only apply to the green/pink 3.5mm wires?

Using a USB sound card or headset will not benefit at all from the PCI or PCIe sound card.
    
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Using a USB sound card or headset will not benefit at all from the PCI or PCIe sound card.

Wait I'm confused as I was told otherwise. I was told that if I use my headset's green/pink wires on the front panel of my case, and make sure to plug the HD front panel wire into the dedicated sound card itself, than that's what would make my headset benefit from the sound card. Is this not true? I was wondering if I could just stick with using my green/pink 3.5mm to usb adapter and still benefit from the sound card, but I don't see how the usb adapter would work since I'm assuming front panel HD audio only applies to the green/pink port.
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Wait I'm confused as I was told otherwise. I was told that if I use my headset's green/pink wires on the front panel of my case, and make sure to plug the HD front panel wire into the dedicated sound card itself, than that's what would make my headset benefit from the sound card. Is this not true? I was wondering if I could just stick with using my green/pink 3.5mm to usb adapter and still benefit from the sound card, but I don't see how the usb adapter would work since I'm assuming front panel HD audio only applies to the green/pink port.

I'm quite confused as to what you're asking too.

If you connect your headset directly to the front panel connectors (line out, mic in) you will benefit from the soundcard.
So the adapter you are using is just an amp?
    
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I'm quite confused as to what you're asking too.
If you connect your headset directly to the front panel connectors (line out, mic in) you will benefit from the soundcard.
So the adapter you are using is just an amp?

Ahh ok so the front panel line out/mic in would benefit. The adapter in question is the piece here. It's just a line out/mic in to usb adapter, and I was asking if when using usb would THAT benefit from the soundcard. Only reason I use it is to gain a tad bit of extra length, but if it wouldn't benefit from it then I could just use the line out/mic in on the front panel.
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