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maximus VI extreme, then pair with a sound card?

it's kind of pissing me off that the top end ROG extreme board doesn't have that Supreme FX sound solution but only a crappy realtek....really what were they thinking !
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it's kind of pissing me off that the top end ROG extreme board doesn't have that Supreme FX sound solution but only a crappy realtek....really what were they thinking !
Most audiophiles will just buy better hardware then what can ever be provided with on-board audio solutions. For example, receivers with the functionality they want (Dolby Headphones, etc), DAC with AMPs, and-or a really good sound card. I would be happier if the motherboard I bought had stuff you cannot easily afford or buy with other parts: Additional SAS2/SATA3/miniSAS/iPass ports with higher performance storage controllers (high-performance HBA/RAID controllers are not cheap), higher quality VRM, etc.

Most of the good sound cards will cost you less then $200 and can be transferred from one computer to the next -- bar any compatibility complications. A receiver is going to accept any digital input you can push to it and will handle the rest, making it easy to transfer between builds, most have a good built-in AMP that can push higher-end audio equipment, handles multiple inputs and outputs, etc.

They are likely thinking if you are buying the best motherboard of their line you can very-likely afford the other stuff on your own. Allowing them to shift space on the motherboard and resources to other stuff like the command center remote/bay device, etc.
    
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If you require 4-Way SLi on haswell, you need a board with a PLX bridge chip since SLi requires a minimum of 8x mode to function. The only boards I've seen so far with PLX (for 16x/8x/8x or 8x/8x/8x/8x) are these:

Asus Z87-WS
Asus Maximus VI Extreme
EVGA Z87 Classified
Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5
MSI Z87 XPower
ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac

Keep in mind though that you're still sharing a 16x slot with 4 graphics cards, so you will probably see around a 10% overhead due to bottlenecking and routing with the PLX chip with that many cards. Personally I think 3-Way is pretty viable with minimal overhead, but 4-Way is cutting it a bit too close... you're definitely into X79 territory, so I would wait for Ivy Bridge-E.

As for sound, speaking strictly hardware-wise the Core 3D is definitely a step below the old X-Fi Titaniums, but still a step above Realtek+X-Fi solutions. If you're headphone gaming, then you're relying more on the DAC and op-amps for sound quality so you'd benefit from one with dedicated headphone amp and high quality caps (which the Sniper and XPower has). If you're using spdif the DAC and amps are of no concern for sound quality, which even a Realtek would suffice (Although you'd loose EAX5.0 and OpenAL hardware acceleration, but most games use their own sound engines nowadays without those)
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