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GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 LED question. Does BEAT mode work with sound cards?

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So the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 is on my short list of z170 motherboards. I noticed that this board has RGB lighting and some cool effects. Beat mode is an LED effect that's basically in rhythm with whatever music ur playing. My question is, will it work if I'm using my Creative ZXR sound card to output sound or would I have to use onboard?
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The gaming 7 may be different... but on the Gaming G1 it won't work with an external sound card. Or at least when I used my ZxR on my G1 the beat mode didn't work, but all other modes still did. <- I word it that way because if this was something that could have been "fixed" in one of the bios updates... I haven't tried using my ZxR since the F6 series of bios's and I don't currently have my G1 in a build. Oh and a ZxR may sound redundant on the G1... but when it first came out there were some issues with the ZxRi on that board.


In comparison the Asus boards with Aura headers will work with an external sound card... but there are sometimes issues getting the Aura software to work properly (even with the built in sound). Yet if I plug my Creative USB sound in... it works perfectly and I don't have to keep resetting things.

I like the music related lighting effects.. so I even tried using a Hue+ which is nice overall but the audio effects are meh.. currently (imo).
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