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Creative vs. Asus

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Hi Audiophiles, overclockers and gamers alike,

I am currently putting together a build for this winter and it will be my first time putting in a dedicated sound card. I've done some preliminary research between the Creative and Asus solutions and I'm not sure what to go with. I will be pairing the sound card with the AKG K702 65th Anniversary headset.

Could you guys give me some pro/cons of either companies solutions? Should I go top of the line, or something in the middle?

I will be using the Maximus Vi Hero board as my mobo, if that makes any difference!

Thanks, and cheers!
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The SupremeFX on-board audio is no slouch -- specifications aren't too far off of the 5+ year old ASUS DX/DG/DSX boards that are for sale. The ASUS STX is probably the only one that would be noticeably better. The latest Creative Labs SoundBlaster Z series aren't bad, but I think the software tweaks that come with them are a little too bright.

My firm recommendation is try the onboard sound FIRST and if you're dissatisfied with it, consider a good quality EXTERNAL USB based DAC. If you insist on an internal sound card (and all the noisy internal PC environmental conditions that go with it) - look at a SoundBlaster Z or ZX.

Greg
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

The SupremeFX on-board audio is no slouch -- specifications aren't too far off of the 5+ year old ASUS DX/DG/DSX boards that are for sale. My firm recommendation is try the onboard sound FIRST

Do note, that the Hero does not have the Supreme-FX, on board sound. Only the Formula and Impact have that. I don't want the Formula because this build is only to get me through college and then I will be building a full tower case, with WC and the like. I want this to be a smaller build so I can easily transport it between home and college and any internship I have.

I've heard that the IEM Shield of the Phoebus helps with the internal sound, any truth to this? Right now I'm between the Phoebus and the Sound Blaster Zx.

Edit: It appears I was wrong, the Hero does come with Supreme FX. I thought from all the reviews when these boards came out that on the Formula and Impact. With that in mind, should I still get a dedicated sound card?
Edited by ZBoneCapone - 11/3/13 at 6:20pm
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With that in mind, should I still get a dedicated sound card?

I wouldn't.

Greg
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