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Asus x99 strix onboard vs asus strix raid pro PCI sound card?

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Hi guys, building a new gaming pc and I highly value the audio on my sennheisers, so as per the title which one is better? And should I expect to notice a difference between the two?
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Hi guys, building a new gaming pc and I highly value the audio on my sennheisers, so as per the title which one is better? And should I expect to notice a difference between the two?


On board is more than enough. If you want good sound quality, then look at an external dac amp combo.
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So the sound blasterx G5 would be a better choice? Or is that still close enough quality to my mobo's onboard?
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Lol, i wish that graph would be actually true with the proportions.
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Lol, i wish that graph would be actually true with the proportions.
LOL...

It all depends on what DAC you have.

How about Eighty thousand dollar setup?

Used -Fourty-five thousand dollars +
 
 
Edited by billbartuska - 6/28/16 at 6:07am
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LOL...

It all depends on what DAC you have.

How about Eighty thousand dollar setup?

Used -Fourty-five thousand dollars +
 
 

I'd rather take an Orpheus 2 System (or a BMW or something tongue.gif).
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Without having to spend ...45,000 dollars or whatever smile.gif There's plenty of good "starter" DACs. Like anything they range in price a lot. The easiest thing may be to "buy" a decent one from a store with a return policy so you can see if the difference is enough for you to care. As they said above, if only that graph were true smile.gif The difference with a good setup should be noticeable, but whether or not it will be worth the money is something that is subjective.
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When replacing audio components in a system:

You can only hear the difference if the rest of the components can play the difference.

That's why a $2,500 DAC playing $250 computer speakers is kind of a useless waste of money.
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