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Just built my new rig and was using my old Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer. However, I couldn't get rid of random static and hissing noises so I decided to dump it and just use my onboard audio. I have the GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD4H and am using the latest Realtek HD audio drivers for Windows 8.

However, saw this card though and was wondering if yall think it would be worth upgrading to from stock? Don't want to spend alot of money and this was cheap enough so I thought I would look into it.
ASUS Xonar DG 5.1

I currently have some 2.1 speakers connected but also use my TRITTON AX Pro Dolby Digital 5.1 headset for gaming.

I also wasn't happy with Creative's driver support and was wondering if Asus is any better for their soundcards?

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated! thumb.gif
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The Xonar DG has great value for money in terms of sound quality. Certainly better than on board.
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I wouldn't block the second PCIe 16x slot to use a DG...

There will be a little upgrade sound wise but really not that much.

Also, if you use the USB portion of your headset, it's going to bypass the sound card anyways.
 
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post #5 of 7
Not for Trittons.

Just use onboard.

When you get decent canns then upgrade.
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Originally Posted by deafboy View Post

I wouldn't block the second PCIe 16x slot to use a DG...
Also, if you use the USB portion of your headset, it's going to bypass the sound card anyways.

^^^What he said
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Looks like I will wait till I get a new headset, thanks!
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If your really into the sound with headsets, Get at least the DS down the road as you can swap in different OPamps and customize your sound to you. Its a good card for the money. Just a thought.
   
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