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The sound card on Asus Gene VII ?

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How does the sound card on the Asus Gene VII compare to a regular "quality" PCI-E soundcard? Is it somewhat close?

Right now i got an ATX board (sig) with an Essence STX. But I might go mATX soon and this will leave little to no room for my soundcard, and would like to get rid of it anyway (so i don't have to power it by MOLEX connector, adds to the cable mess..)

What do you think?
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Originally Posted by Lass3 View Post

How does the sound card on the Asus Gene VII compare to a regular "quality" PCI-E soundcard? Is it somewhat close?

Right now i got an ATX board (sig) with an Essence STX. But I might go mATX soon and this will leave little to no room for my soundcard, and would like to get rid of it anyway (so i don't have to power it by MOLEX connector, adds to the cable mess..)

What do you think?

If you are using the stx, then sell it and try and get an external amp and dac. If you only use the onboard sound, you will be suffering from a fairly substantial downgrade.
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The Essence STX is still much better than any onboard solution. Also, if you care about virtual surround then you shouldn't get an external amp/DAC. If you don't care, then I agree with the above poster and you should sell the STX and go that route which will lead to better sound quality and less clutter.
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