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Morning OCN!

I've got some downtime to do work/ order things for my rig due to my power supply being RMA'd to Silverstone right now. As of now, I have no sound card. Never had one before, so I thought I'd use that as another reason to pick up the Rampage IV Black Edition. From what I understand it's got some pretty beefy audio components for being onboard audio.

The question is, with a proper speaker set which I'll be picking up soon (undecided as of which set at the moment), will I get even a noticeable jump in clarity and detail? Models and links appreciated guys thumb.gif I'm not much of a PC audio guy, I'm a bassist and that's as much as I know and I would love to learn!

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In most cases the answer is no, most motherboards have a sound soulutions that is fine in many cases. if you have noise and interference coming in from the front panel jack, then plug it in the rear.
The cases where you would need a sound card is if you don't have 5.1or 7.1audio, and you want it. Or if you have really high impedance headphones and the onboard sound won't drive your headphones.

You can get a sound card, or you can get a DAC/Amp combo that lives on your desk.

In my case I wanted to drive some Bose bookshelf speakers that were in my house, so I just bought a 2 channel 25w amp, to power those speakers and connected it to the headphone out in the back.

So in summary, no you don't need one unless you done have 5.1 or 7.1 surround, OR if your onboard sound can't drive your headphones, OR if you don't want something external like a DAC/headphone amp.
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Short answer -- "no".

Slightly longer answer -- "maybe". The RIV Black Edition has a pretty nice sound chip on it, and reasonable precautions have been made to isolate the audio circuitry from the rest of the motherboard to higher S/N ratio. That being said, it's still going to fall short of a full blown studio DAC/ADC solution (think external USB DAC) and might not have enough oomph to drive a high impedance set of high-end headphones. I'd wait until you've listened critically to the on board sound before dumping cash on a sound card.

When you DO consider a sound card, for the love of all that's holy, don't get some 5-8 year old Xonar DG/DX or Creative X-Fi board. On board sound has come a long way in the last 5 years, and a lot of the "aftermarket" sound boards don't measure up to the premium motherboard sound options. Yeah, they're better than $150 motherboard sound, but they're not necessarily better than $400 enthusiast board sound with specialized treatment given to the sound chip.

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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Short answer -- "no".

Slightly longer answer -- "maybe". The RIV Black Edition has a pretty nice sound chip on it, and reasonable precautions have been made to isolate the audio circuitry from the rest of the motherboard to higher S/N ratio. That being said, it's still going to fall short of a full blown studio DAC/ADC solution (think external USB DAC) and might not have enough oomph to drive a high impedance set of high-end headphones. I'd wait until you've listened critically to the on board sound before dumping cash on a sound card.

When you DO consider a sound card, for the love of all that's holy, don't get some 5-8 year old Xonar DG/DX or Creative X-Fi board. On board sound has come a long way in the last 5 years, and a lot of the "aftermarket" sound boards don't measure up to the premium motherboard sound options. Yeah, they're better than $150 motherboard sound, but they're not necessarily better than $400 enthusiast board sound with specialized treatment given to the sound chip.

Greg

Yup this right here^

If you don't have a problem now, don't waste your money smile.gif
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Ok, apparently everyone is blind and does not see that your name and your computer are referencing the greatest musical experience of all time. tongue.gif

Get a real dac, get a real amp, and if possible you need a turn table and the Mother Ship and Houses of the Holy LP. If you truly like led zeppelin, you will thank me.
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The specs for the onboard audio are quite impressive. Too bad that people have to pay for one of the most expensive motherboards available to get it. ($499 at NewEgg)
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Thank you all guys! thumb.gif if I needed a good external DAC if I got the chance to snag a decent 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set, y'all got any suggestions?
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sound card takes load of your cpu
so if that helps
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sound card takes load of your cpu
so if that helps

If your CPU is a Pentium II sure.
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Thank you all guys! thumb.gif if I needed a good external DAC if I got the chance to snag a decent 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set, y'all got any suggestions?

No no.

You need a dac, amp and a high quality 2.0 stereo system.

If you absolutely need surround sound, then you need a receiver and a 5.1 speaker system.

In either case, we would nee to know what your budget would be.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
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AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
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