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Long story short is I need to know if there is going to be a noticeable difference between the SupremeFX onboad sound that I have on my Maximus Hero motherboard vs purchasing a dedicated sound card. I have a decently nice set of headphones that I use the Audiotechnica AD700's.

Also I had an XtremeGamer card before and I think it sounded better but that might just be my head messing with me...

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Long story short is I need to know if there is going to be a noticeable difference between the SupremeFX onboad sound that I have on my Maximus Hero motherboard vs purchasing a dedicated sound card. I have a decently nice set of headphones that I use the Audiotechnica AD700's.

Also I had an XtremeGamer card before and I think it sounded better but that might just be my head messing with me...

Should it sound better? Yes.

Will it sound better? It depends on your ears.

Get it from a local retailer and pay the extra dollar or two JUST in case you think the card is not worth it and you want to return it. thumb.gif
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Frys is the only local retailer and they sell a very low end Xonar. I might get one online and just bite the bullet.

If anyone else has some feedback it would be much appreciated!!
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Frys is the only local retailer and they sell a very low end Xonar. I might get one online and just bite the bullet.

If anyone else has some feedback it would be much appreciated!!

If I were you, I would look at picking up a used titanium HD or something. It is pointless to spend 150-200 bucks on a sound card for headphones that only cost ~100 bucks.

If you want better audio, either save your pennies and get the asus DGX and see how you like it, or get new headphones.
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So you think something like a $80 Xonar DX isnt going to be worth it?
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Audio cards like the SupremeFX are usually OEM-branded versions of Realtek chipsets. The difference in these and onboard audio is that the chipset is on a separate riser card and does not suffer as badly from EMI noise.

Sometimes mobo manufacturers rebadge the software to make it look like a premium offering, but its still Realtek or other cheap chipset on a riser card and at times you will get Creative's X-FI MB software to boot. Now, I personally feel that if you are going to go with onboard audio, and you are given X-FI MB or similar software, you will have decent gaming audio, but simply not as good as a name brand such as Creative, ASUS, or HTOmega.

ASUS DG/DGX is still my favorite budget alternative as is the slightly higher DS/DSX. DG/DGX for headphone usage mainly, and DS/DSX if you use speakers the most.
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So you think something like a $80 Xonar DX isnt going to be worth it?

Let me put it this way. For 150 bucks you can get yourself a DT990 pro http://www.rakuten.com/prod/beyerdynamic-dt-990-pro-headphone-stereo-mini-phone-wired-5-hz-35-khz/211045522.html?listingId=287002220

They have a much less harsh sound with more bass.
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