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post #1 of 6
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It seems most top end board spend a considerable amount of space on the I/O panel and on the motherboard itself for their integrated audio.
With high end boards getting increasingly crowded (especially for X99) would you buy a motherboard without integrated audio if it meant more flexibility for the marker and perhaps a lower price and instead use a USB DAC like the O2+ODAC?
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post #2 of 6
I would. Especially if it will allow the extra money to go towards stability and overall performance. Not to mention save me money biggrin.gif
post #3 of 6
yes I would and I have, years ago you could buy motherboards that gave you a choice of onboard audio or not.
but if I recall it was only intel boards, not asus msi etc.
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post #4 of 6
Yes, I would.
I always get a soundcard, anyway.
    
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post #5 of 6
I’d say it depends on your build, if you have spare PCI slots to dedicate to a sound card then it would be no problem.

This one right here http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132260 only has six PCI slots, so if you are putting three GPUs in there for sli/crossfire/calculation then you don’t have any room for the sound to go into. Even though depending on your case you could put the third GPU in the last slot and have the second-last free, it’s not clear whether the board will allow you to split the last and second-last slots into 8/8 while keeping the first and third at 16/16, the board does not list 16/16/8/8 as an option. You might end up limited to usb solutions like this.

If you want to build a home theatre/fileserver hybrid on this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130785 and are filling up its four PCIe slots with SATA controllers, then you are again down to usb adapters. Mind you, there is some sweet-sounding stuff right there, but I’d like to stick to actual sound cards even if they tend to be more expensive.
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post #6 of 6
I would. Personally I prefer to use an USB sound card and I'm always low on USB ports so having an option where the audio ports on the I/O are replaced with more USB's would be most welcome.
    
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