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Will the new Asus Maximus VI Impact be a upgrade?

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I posted this on the LinusTechTips forum, but I want to know your thoughts.

I currently own a Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and I'm using Sennheiser PC 360 headphones and Corsair SP2500 speakers.
I was wondering if purchasing the new Maximus VI Impact would be a upgrade in sound quality. I want a small factor computer, so would it be worth sacrificing the PCIe slot or should I buy the Maximus VI Gene and continue to use my Titanium HD?

I'm not a audiophile, so if the Titanium HD is just a small gap over the on-board sound quality on the Impact, I wouldn't mind.


Link to the LinusTechTips thread if you're interrested: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/47350-will-the-new-asus-maximus-vi-impact-be-a-upgrade/
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I think you'd notice a definite difference between on-board sound and the Titanium. You could look at a USB sound card like the EMU-0404 USB or one of the M-AUDIO M-track interfaces. I have used them and their microphone input and speaker output quality is excellent.
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Just read the other forum thread and im glad i did. Now i know about the Fiio E10!

To try to attempt to answer your question, I dont know if it would be an upgrade but it could be more of a sidegrade. Heres my story to tell you why.

Im using a ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M mobo and i was using a ASUS Xonar DX but then switched to the ASRock Gameblaster as it was compatible and offered another ethernet port for teaming (still dont know what that is).

The Gameblaster had comparible sound to the Xonar DX. I read around and it seemed that the Gameblaster was almost identical to Creative's Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D and Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional which are both gaming oriented soundcards, like your Creative X-Fi Titanium HD.

Ever since i decided to go SLI on my MATX mobo, i havent been able to use my Gameblaster soundcard. I bought a riser cable to run underneath the 2nd card but the pcb was too long on the cable causing the graphics card not to fit properly. So now I have no dedicated soundcard until i watercool both cards and can fit in the pci-e riser.

Without the soundcard, there is definitely a drop in sound quality and clarity. BUT its only slight and very tolerable. Looking at the Impact's sound card and the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D, the Impact should be better IMO, but looking at your Creative X-Fi Titanium HD and its audio processor (same as in Auzentech X-fi Hometheatre HD & Forte - Creative CA20K2-2AG HF) Id say that the Impact has its work cut out for it.

I just read tweaktown's review of the Impact, and while it doesnt mention audio quality, it shows that its a pretty amazing board still.

if you get it and still dont like the audio quality, just trade someone for a Gene or Sniper M5 or z87m OC formula and continue using your Titanium HD, or use an external DAC or the Fiio E10
 
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