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Hello all, my first post on this forum. I am thinking of building a rig in the near future. I currently have a laptop and a Creative Xmod external soundcard. The Xmod blows the water out of the onboard RealTek ALC271x of my laptop, as well as the Intel HD of a previous laptop. I'm by no means an audiophile but I do have more sensitive ears compared to the masses.

The question is this. Is the Sound Core 3D integrated into the motherboard (Gigabyte Sniper M5 to be precise) at least as "good" as the Creative Xmod? I really want to do a mATX build due to space constraints so will not have a slot for an ASUS Zonar. I want to decommission the Xmod as it's approaching 7 years and showing signs of ageing.
post #2 of 8
I can't comment from personal experience on this subject as I don't own the board or any boards that have better then average on-board audio.However, on-board audio has been getting better through the years even the "crappy" ones seem to be getting better. Whether it will be better then your external sound card is kind of up in the air to me, but it looks like Gigabyte took a little time with the on-board audio for this board.

They say that they have made the audio as discrete as possible while still remaining on a single pcb, which means that there should be little to no hiss from all the other electronics in the computer as long as you don't have crazy overclocked everything. Uses Nichicon caps which I don't believe really increases the sound quality over some regular ol' ones, but they are more reliable.
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Thanks for the help. I'll be using this MB in the next build.
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As an M5 owner I would reccommend you not to buy this motherboard.

A lot of people including me are having trouble with the onboard soundcard - sometimes it's just not recognized and doesnt even show up in Hardware manager...

I'm considering getting a dedicated soundcard because RMA would take months.

You're better off getting a motherboard with a dedicated soundcard..
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I have Gigabyte G1 Assassin 2 which has the CA20K2 and that's never happened to me.
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I have an issue where the audio(while playing CSGO) will become corrupted sounding, like scratchy way to much treble. It happens system wide, and affects all sound outputs. Headphones, speakers, everything. I haven't been able to diagnose it yet. Gigabyte wants me to remove my nvidia graphics card........Still working on it myself until i deal with that BS

Does anyone have any insight?
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I have an issue where the audio(while playing CSGO) will become corrupted sounding, like scratchy way to much treble. It happens system wide, and affects all sound outputs. Headphones, speakers, everything. I haven't been able to diagnose it yet.

I think I have the exact same issue as you and your post is the first time I've seen someone describe it!

I find that occasionally either when booting into Windows 7 or sometimes after launching a game, the sound will go all weird. It sounds kind of muffled, tinny and I can't hear voices. Like you, it affects the whole system.

I have discovered a very strange way to fix it, by turning my volume right up and back down. When it hits some threshold of loudness, suddenly the bass and normal sound all kick back into action and then work perfectly.
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A lot of people including me are having trouble with the onboard soundcard - sometimes it's just not recognized and doesnt even show up in Hardware manager...

When you say "a lot of people" have they posted about their problems here? Because I can hardly find anything on sound problems with this motherboard.

I'm interested in this because it really seems like a driver issue to me and not a hardware fault, and I don't want to remove the motherboard and return it unless I'm sure there's something wrong with the hardware.

For your reference in case anyone replies, I have posted about this on the Gigabyte forums:

http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.php/topic,14195.0.html
post #8 of 8
I found it to be caused by the on board op-amp. mine completely failed and would have glitched audio 24/7.i replaced the op-amp everything works fine
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