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post #1 of 12
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Hi,

I had ASUS P8Z77-V LE Plus with Realtek ALC889 and it's loud relatively OK, but ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M with ALC898 was quiter almost about 50%...

I need loud audio, especially on my headphones, because the turned on TV is in room, so please it's Gigabyte GA-G1-SNIPER M3 with CA0132 really louder than, maybe any Realtek?
What about loudness of ASUS MAXIMUS V GENE Z77 with SupremeFX III?

What about headphone amplifier, can it help? I don't know if some motherboard contains it...

I'm thinking if two different motherboards with the same audio chip have different loudness, because it's depending not on chipset?

Thanks.
post #2 of 12
the Sniper M3 motherboard has SUPER HEARING (lol) http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4169#ov scroll down

it has an integrated amp that can drive 150 ohm headphones

what headphones are you using? whats the impedance?
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you prob want a board with built in amplifiers those would be:
G1.Sniper 3
G1.Sniper M3
Z77X-UP7
Z77X-UD5H
Maximus 5 Formula

The GIGABYTE boards use a DRV632 it can drive 600ohm not 150ohm, that was a typo, i told GB and they have fixed it. 150ohm was what the amp on the G1.sniper 2 could do, but that was a new japan radio amplifier.
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i was just reading from their product page, it still says 150. but daaamn... 600 ohm is the most ohms you can ohm biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 12
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I have 32ohm headphones.
In link you provided Gigabyte only write something about crisp, clear sound.
What does it mean 150ohms, what is it good for in terms of loudness? my 32ohms would be louder?
Edited by smoke2 - 5/22/13 at 12:28pm
post #6 of 12
higher impedance headphones tend to sound better (clearer, more dynamic) while requiring more power

lower impedance = louder sound from the same source

so given you are using the lowest impedance 32ohm, you probably are going to need an amp
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post #7 of 12
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Great, but now I'm reading specifications about Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3, from link you've posted, but headphone amplifier is only working for front audio?
Because now, I have adapter plug for two jacks, in first are headphones in second are normal speaker in my green jack at back of the board.
So will be there any difference with headphone amplifier, if I will have it plugged just like now, in back of the board in green jack?
Edited by smoke2 - 5/22/13 at 1:57pm
post #8 of 12
Just get a proper headphone amp. If you plan to use headphones longterm, you'll need to buy one someday. They can be on a costly side though. Anything from ~$60 to $1000+. Most people end up with some Fiio products, or Schiit Magni.

Since you didn't list your headphones, I assume they aren't audiophile level, so don't spend much on an amp.
Edited by DeXel - 5/22/13 at 2:39pm
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post #9 of 12
Biostar the audio one?
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post #10 of 12
Get Asus DGX and put it on bottom PCI/E port, problem solved and its cheap and good enough it has HeadPhone amp integrated thumb.gif

And that SupremeFX III on Maximus V Gene is just rebranded realtec and sounds shieet..
Edited by Konkistadori - 5/22/13 at 2:24pm
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