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I've been checking around lately for a decent sound card to pair with a Hero, but I recently found out about the Formula's on board audio. Which should I go for?
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the formula and hero share the same audio system except the formula comes with a headphone amp. thats the only difference between the two boards audio systems. If a headphone amp is worth $100 to you, then get the formula, if not, get the hero and a dedicated sound card that will beat both of them out of the water.
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Oh, I was under the impression that the Formula basically had an integrated sound card. My original plan was to pick up the hero and then a Creative Sound Blaster Zx, but I thought the Formula was a two in one solution.
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Dont get me wrong, the on board audio is fantastic, but the extra features on the formula dont justify the price tag for me, i own both motherboards(well, just the hero now, sent back the formula because its a gimmick board honestly) but a dedicated sound card will always be better than onboard.
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Oh, I was under the impression that the Formula basically had an integrated sound card.

No. It uses Realtek with modifications.

EDIT: After some more research. Realtek on MVIF from my understanding acts as audio processor which passes audio conversion to Cirrus Logic DAC. Cirrus makes pretty good DACs btw.

Hero doesn't have that additional DAC, so audio conversion is done by Realtek's DAC.

So depending on implementation MVIF could be pretty good, but unlike Gigabyte Sniper series and some ASRock boards that use a dedicated Creative audio processor that uses x1 PCI-E lane, Asus boards don't.

However, I still believe whatever they try to do by separating PCB and etc. they can't completely get rid of the noise, so dedicated solutions are the way to go.
Edited by DeXel - 8/19/13 at 8:08pm
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No. It uses Realtek with modifications.

EDIT: After some more research. Realtek on MVIF from my understanding acts as audio processor which passes audio conversion to Cirrus Logic DAC. Cirrus makes pretty good DACs btw.

Hero doesn't have that additional DAC, so audio conversion is done by Realtek's DAC.

So depending on implementation MVIF could be pretty good, but unlike Gigabyte Sniper series and some ASRock boards that use a dedicated Creative audio processor that uses x1 PCI-E lane, Asus boards don't.

However, I still believe whatever they try to do by separating PCB and etc. they can't completely get rid of the noise, so dedicated solutions are the way to go.

What would be your recommendation for a dedicated sound card that has 5.1 analog outs?
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Seeing that you have a 5 channel speaker amplifier I don't really understand why you didn't get a receiver. That would be the optimal solution. Not sure if a soundcard is a good way to go, but Asus Xonar DX, HT | OMEGA eClaro, or Creative Z cards are probably the best for multichannel for a moment.

Just double check which is the better one because I never really bothered researching multichannel systems much.
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Seeing that you have a 5 channel speaker amplifier I don't really understand why you didn't get a receiver. That would be the optimal solution. Not sure if a soundcard is a good way to go, but Asus Xonar DX, HT | OMEGA eClaro, or Creative Z cards are probably the best for multichannel for a moment.

Just double check which is the better one because I never really bothered researching multichannel systems much.
Thanks for the reply.

I used to have receiver back when no DTS Connect or Dolby live existed, so i used to use analog outs (3.5 stereo to RCA stereo) to passive rca ins to my receiver, but receiver started acting up after 5 years, and Emotiva UPA-5 got into a nice introduction sale.... so i though why invest on receiver when i can get invest all the money in a real 5 channel amp, i have no use for the decoding or the multiple functions a receiver had, i just needed something to amplify my speakers.... but then DTS connect came and dolby live, and so HDMI PCM that can be manage by a receiver.... but i was already deep into my amp and no intention on departing on it anytime soon, im very happy with it. So thats why im not on a reciever =).

I kinda wanted to give a try to XONAR, but all the great reviews come on the 2.0 with hp amp. I do need 5.1 analog outs (3.5 mini stero plug is fine) to maintain my current setup. I had bad issues with creative on the beginning with their sound blasters, but seems their drivers aren't so bad as they used to so im considering Creative Sound Blaster ZX SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Audio Control Module SB1506, but not sure if something would fit better my current setup.

Thanks again for taking the interest on my situation, and please post any suggestion you have,
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