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Hey folks.
I have a Asus Xonar D1 sound card on a Gigabyte 990FXA UD7 motherboard.

I have a second 7950 on the way, but in order to run those cards in x16/x16 I would have to remove the sound card due to the placement of the slots.
My only other option is to run it in x4/x4 but I don't want to go that low after looking at some benchmarks. I don't think I'll be able to run it in x8/x8 because there would not be any headroom between the two cards.


I was thinking of keeping the card nice and cozy in its box until I change the motherboard, but I think by the time I'm ready to change that board (which might be a few years from now), integrated sound chips would be on par or surpass the Xonar D1.

What do you guys suppose I should do with the soundcard? I won't take running the GPUs in x4/x4 as an option. Too much of a performance hit IMO.

EDIT: If it turns out I should sell it, what internal PCIE sound card do you guys think I should go with? I have a Logitech z906 5.1 speakers and JVC-RX700 headphones. I play games and music (dubstep, drum and bass, trap) a lot. My budget would be around $150.


Thanks in advance.
Edited by vinton13 - 3/22/13 at 9:09pm
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Its unfortunate that you motherboard has that kind of spacing and only 1 PCI slot. Putting the card in storage makes little sense so I would probably sell it and get either a PCI-E sound card or an USB sound card.
    
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Its unfortunate that you motherboard has that kind of spacing and only 1 PCI slot. Putting the card in storage makes little sense so I would probably sell it and get either a PCI-E sound card or an USB sound card.

Yeah I know. It's next level stupid. I don't see how this board can support 4 GPUs.
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Yeah I know. It's next level stupid. I don't see how this board can support 4 GPUs.

Well you could stick 4 water cooled single slot cards in it tongue.gif
    
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Haha well then yeah. I was more referring to this image though.
http://gigabyte-latino.com/FTP/Partners_Materials/Product%20Photos/AMD/MB%20only/AM3+/990FXA-UD7/+4VGA/990FXA-UD7+4VGA-2.jpg

Anyways, I'm already geared towards selling the card. Instead of making a new thread for suggestions, what internal PCIE sound card do you guys think I should go with? I have a Logitech z906 5.1 speakers and JVC-RX700 headphones. I play games and music (dubstep, drum and bass, trap) a lot. My budget would be around $150.
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Haha well then yeah. I was more referring to this image though.
http://gigabyte-latino.com/FTP/Partners_Materials/Product%20Photos/AMD/MB%20only/AM3+/990FXA-UD7/+4VGA/990FXA-UD7+4VGA-2.jpg

Anyways, I'm already geared towards selling the card. Instead of making a new thread for suggestions, what internal PCIE sound card do you guys think I should go with? I have a Logitech z906 5.1 speakers and JVC-RX700 headphones. I play games and music (dubstep, drum and bass, trap) a lot. My budget would be around $150.

Well I would stick with asus. For your needs I think a Xonar DGX is plenty and with it only costing $39.99 on newegg its not going to break the bank either. If you want you could step up to a Xonar DX that has slightly better signal to noise and some additional Dolby decoding features but honestly I don't think you hear much of a difference with logitech speakers.

Take a look at the asus line up your self and see what card has the features you want.

http://event.asus.com/multimedia/xonar/find.htm
    
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Thanks.

The 'not hearing a difference with Logitech speakers' thing isn't true. I've heard a substantial difference between integrated and this D1, and that was with an x-530. Believe it or not. 'Tis why I'm not sticking with integrated.
I'm looking at the DX right now though. If anyone knows any equivalent/better cards from Creatives for around the same price, I'd appreciate the suggestion. smile.gif
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Thanks.

The 'not hearing a difference with Logitech speakers' thing isn't true. I've heard a substantial difference between integrated and this D1, and that was with an x-530. Believe it or not. 'Tis why I'm not sticking with integrated.
I'm looking at the DX right now though. If anyone knows any equivalent/better cards from Creatives for around the same price, I'd appreciate the suggestion. smile.gif

I meant you would probably no pick up on the difference between the DGX and a higher tier Xonar. The DGX is cheap but by all accounts a pretty good card.

For creative there is the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D that competes with the DGX and there is the Creative Sound Blaster Z that sits somewhere between the DX and the D2X . I wouldn't get the Recon3D but the Sound Blaster Z has some interesting features.

review here --> http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/02/11/creative-sound-blaster-z-review/
    
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Haha well then yeah. I was more referring to this image though.
http://gigabyte-latino.com/FTP/Partners_Materials/Product%20Photos/AMD/MB%20only/AM3+/990FXA-UD7/+4VGA/990FXA-UD7+4VGA-2.jpg

Anyways, I'm already geared towards selling the card. Instead of making a new thread for suggestions, what internal PCIE sound card do you guys think I should go with? I have a Logitech z906 5.1 speakers and JVC-RX700 headphones. I play games and music (dubstep, drum and bass, trap) a lot. My budget would be around $150.

you know there is a workaround right??
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ribbon-PCI-Riser-Card-Extender-Cable-for-1U-2U-Chassis-/380582379560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589c7a4028

you can search for pci riser newegg sells them and a bunch of places do
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I'd suggest the Xonar Essence STX or the Xonar DX if you're not looking to spend that much money.
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