The maximus 5 formula isn't releasing for a while and dosent offer 4-way, but that board's audio looks more upgraded than the previous, it looks pretty cool
IMO that replaceable AMP on the Sniper 5 board is pretty decent as is GB's implementation of the Core3D and it has the proper hardware, in RMAA i score in the 150s in dB, but one must correctly disable software with RMAA and the software. Core3Di's software is really what helps it.
Also ALC1150 =ALC900 they just named it higher maybe for advertising sake, its still a realtek codec which works with the built in Intel HD audio in the PCH, Core3Di on the other hand has its own PCI-E 1x lane and so on. I think people think ALC1150 is like some brand new tech, its updated ALC898 with higher SNR and Dolby support like ALC898 compared to ALC889 or ALC892. I still do like how many companies have added onboard amps.
I change my boards around a lot, my last 24/7 system was a X79S-UP5 with ALC898 and i switched back to a Sniper 3(same creative CA0132/Core3Di, but different AMP and hardware implementation) and I could tell the difference when i was gaming for sure, especially when it came to making out where other players are in relation to me(i play a crap load of BFBC2, you can check my steam name under sin0822, its kind of embarrassing). With music i really couldn't tell the difference though.
ouch... lol:Edited by Sin0822 - 6/4/13 at 6:43pm