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I'm looking for a decent motherboard that won't break the bank (though if I absolutely had to $300 would be my limit for something such as a Maximus VI Formula). I'm looking at a i7 4770k with a Z87 motherboard, something with good onboard audio maybe an ASUS Maximus VI Hero Z87, or the Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z87. The Gigabyte UD3H Z87, and the Gigabyte D3H Z87, have also been recommended. I'll be outputting audio through my GTX 580's HDMI port so it's not the output I'm so much looking at as the recording quality. So far none of my motherboards or recording options seem to either pick my voice up (or very quietly) or when they do it comes through the speakers like feedback from a microphone that's been tapped. Ironically the only thing I've found that does it right is my phone as odd as that is.

     
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is audio from GPU better than on board audio systems?


like MSI gaming Z87 - G45.
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It's more convenient and at least supports bitstreaming and since I already use HDMI to output video to my Onkyo Surround Sound Receiver.

     
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It sounds to be like you've got your stuff setup incorrectly.
As an example, assuming you're on Windows with integrated Realtek Audio, you should have the following.

Realtek HD Audio Output - The wouldbesoundoutput if you were not using your NVIDIA card.
Realtek HD Audio Input - Your Front/Back panel Microphone input, Line in, Stereo mix, etc
NVIDIA HD Audio - Your output device set by you.

If you're outputting your audio through the NVIDIA, your Realtek Input shouldn't feed through to it. Somethings incorrectly set.

I would recommend buying a sound card instead of trying to buy an unnecessarily high end motherboard just to get good audio. You can get them for as low as $30, and can have multiple ones running together. If you're into recording it might be best to just pick a dedicated card up.
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All of the Gigabyte boards are essentially the same design, with the differences being in the # of sata connections/usb ports. The Sniper Z87 is basically a -UD3H with an aftermarket NIC and sound card instead of the stock intel/realtek. Any of the boards you listed are more than enough for Haswell overclocking, though the D3H doesn't support as highly clocked memory as the others.
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It sounds to be like you've got your stuff setup incorrectly.
As an example, assuming you're on Windows with integrated Realtek Audio, you should have the following.

Realtek HD Audio Output - The wouldbesoundoutput if you were not using your NVIDIA card.
Realtek HD Audio Input - Your Front/Back panel Microphone input, Line in, Stereo mix, etc
NVIDIA HD Audio - Your output device set by you.

If you're outputting your audio through the NVIDIA, your Realtek Input shouldn't feed through to it. Somethings incorrectly set.

I would recommend buying a sound card instead of trying to buy an unnecessarily high end motherboard just to get good audio. You can get them for as low as $30, and can have multiple ones running together. If you're into recording it might be best to just pick a dedicated card up.

My Realtek input isn't feeding into my Nvidia Output but that doesn't mean it can't record to a file when I plug a microphone in.

 

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All of the Gigabyte boards are essentially the same design, with the differences being in the # of sata connections/usb ports. The Sniper Z87 is basically a -UD3H with an aftermarket NIC and sound card instead of the stock intel/realtek. Any of the boards you listed are more than enough for Haswell overclocking, though the D3H doesn't support as highly clocked memory as the others.

So do you know which has better sound components of those?

     
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The best sound I know of in a Z87 board (for the money) is in the MSI Z87-G45. Dont hold me on that though. I do believe the best are in the higher end Asus boards, as they actually isolate the sound portion of the motherboard from the rest of the circuits.
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The best sound I know of in a Z87 board (for the money) is in the MSI Z87-G45. Dont hold me on that though. I do believe the best are in the higher end Asus boards, as they actually isolate the sound portion of the motherboard from the rest of the circuits.


I also read this about the Sniper.

     
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What's your microphone that doesn't work well with your setup?
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Isn't any one microphone. I've tried bluetooth headsets with an adapter, a few fairly nice mics for music recording with the 6.3mm jacks (both with adapters), a boom mic or two (including the one in my gaming headset). Directional mics from higher end camcorders pointed straight at me and my phone come the closest to hitting the sweet spot of fidelity, volume and clarity.With the exception of the bluetooth mics the common denominator is the sound card on the motherboard for the computers (though that is probably still processed by the sound card in some way).

 

All I want for now is something with better than average sound built in, preferably great but better than average will do for now until I pony up for a full one.


Edited by phazer11 - 4/10/14 at 1:00pm
     
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