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I recently got a Asus Z170 Maximus Ranger and I had to finally give up my Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty after all these years because the mobo does not have a PCI slot. I'm using onboard now and the sound seems to be OK but there is a high pitch ringing/whining noise on my mic now. People keep complaining about it in Skype/Mumble. Is there anything I can do about it or does this mean I should upgrade to a new PCI-E soundcard?
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It sounds like electrical/electromagnetic interference to me. Are you using the ports on the back of the motherboard, sometimes front-panel connections are more susceptible to interference? Is it possible to replace the microphone cable with a shielded one?
 
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It sounds like electrical/electromagnetic interference to me. Are you using the ports on the back of the motherboard, sometimes front-panel connections are more susceptible to interference? Is it possible to replace the microphone cable with a shielded one?

I tried both front and back and I still get the weird noise. It's really light, but enough to be annoying I guess. I'm using a Modmic 2.0 so I'm not sure about replacing the cable. Just can't believe that my 12+ year old Fatal1ty is still better than onboard.
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{ask} where do you buy it? how much?

Got it at Newegg 2 weeks ago when they were selling the i7s with the bundles. The board was $230.
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I tried both front and back and I still get the weird noise. It's really light, but enough to be annoying I guess. I'm using a Modmic 2.0 so I'm not sure about replacing the cable. Just can't believe that my 12+ year old Fatal1ty is still better than onboard.
Yeah, onboard uses really cheap components. They know they just need to reach a level of sound quality where the average person finds it acceptable.

What I find strange is that it's only happening for your microphone channel. I'm not very familiar with microphones, but is there some sort of software gain/volume setting you could try changing? I'm not really sure what else to do. Have you tried the microphone in a different computer to confirm it's not the issue?
 
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Yeah, onboard uses really cheap components. They know they just need to reach a level of sound quality where the average person finds it acceptable.

What I find strange is that it's only happening for your microphone channel. I'm not very familiar with microphones, but is there some sort of software gain/volume setting you could try changing? I'm not really sure what else to do. Have you tried the microphone in a different computer to confirm it's not the issue?

Word. I made a recording so you could hear the noise I was talking about. - http://vocaroo.com/i/s1MGYkG35pvo

Trying to get soundcard recommendations of what would be the equivalent of a X-Fi Fatal1ty nowadays.
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The recording quality of onboard soundcards is indeed pretty junky. Even a 2$ USB-souncard would be a huge improvement when it comes to recording quality. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


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