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Buying a sound card so I can disable the on-board audio and reduce input lag. I'm curious to see how much of an improvement it makes. My question is, is this card as good or better than the audio on my motherboard?

Haaa... Bet you guys were expecting something completely different lol. But naw, I haven't got the money rn for high-end audio. ;P
    
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Buying a sound card so I can disable the on-board audio and reduce input lag. I'm curious to see how much of an improvement it makes. My question is, is this card as good or better than the audio on my motherboard?

Haaa... Bet you guys were expecting something completely different lol. But naw, I haven't got the money rn for high-end audio. ;P

From amazon
Question: can this power 300 ohms headphones?
Answer: No it can not as it doesn't provide enough power to drive them.
By Genclaymore on November 10, 2014

If you need to power 300 ohm headphones or higher then no this wouldn't be good enough.

What type of setup are you running? I don't really experience "input" lag with audio outputs. Are you talking about recording? Line-in gear?

Also that sound card and your motherboard don't appear to have good dacs.

My advice is to save up a bit more money that sound card is a waste of $40. Get a cheap fiio dac/amp combo like the FiiO Q1

Or if you need the multichannel inputs then get a better sound card with a decent amp/dac that can for sure power a 600ohm headphone.
Edited by b0oMeR - 4/8/17 at 9:11pm
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From amazon
Question: can this power 300 ohms headphones?
Answer: No it can not as it doesn't provide enough power to drive them.
By Genclaymore on November 10, 2014

If you need to power 300 ohm headphones or higher then no this wouldn't be good enough.

What type of setup are you running? I don't really experience "input" lag with audio outputs. Are you talking about recording? Line-in gear?

It's nothing significant lol. I'm basically just testing. Going off the assumption that reducing the amount of things your computer has to process will lower the latency on your system. It's been said that disabling the on-board audio is one of the most significant ways to reduce it, so I wanted to try it.

Lots of info in this guide if you're interested. biggrin.gif
    
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It's nothing significant lol. I'm basically just testing. Going off the assumption that reducing the amount of things your computer has to process will lower the latency on your system. It's been said that disabling the on-board audio is one of the most significant ways to reduce it, so I wanted to try it.

Lots of info in this guide if you're interested. biggrin.gif

The audiophile in me rages when it comes to audio.
Yes i agree it does I turn off onboard audio/onboard gpu just so it doesn't mess with my overclocks
IMO the sound card to get is the essence STX or if your looking for the best value than the sound blaster Z for $95 (decent cirrus logic dac and amp, will run any piece of hardware decently).

I'll take a look at that thread!

edit:

Looked at the thread - Yup seems standard intense overclocking guide smile.gif
Everything everything off except for necessary stuff.

Btw I'm using an Audioengine D1 and a xonar xense sound card atm. Both power my HD650's with no problem and most 600 ohm headphones really well.
Edited by b0oMeR - 4/8/17 at 9:18pm
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The audiophile in me rages when it comes to audio.
Yes i agree it does I turn off onboard audio/onboard gpu just so it doesn't mess with my overclocks
IMO the sound card to get is the essence STX or if your looking for the best value than the sound blaster Z for $95 (decent cirrus logic dac and amp, will run any piece of hardware decently).

I'll take a look at that thread!

edit:

Looked at the thread - Yup seems standard intense overclocking guide smile.gif
Everything everything off except for necessary stuff.

Btw I'm using an Audioengine D1 and a xonar xense sound card atm. Both power my HD650's with no problem and most 600 ohm headphones really well.

Lol the funny thing is, I'm not even using it for stable overclocking. I'm just using it to reduce my mouse and keyboard input lag. xD
    
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Lol the funny thing is, I'm not even using it for stable overclocking. I'm just using it to reduce my mouse and keyboard input lag. xD

wait wait. I just read that.

What?! LOOOL.
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wait wait. I just read that.

What?! LOOOL.

Nah m8, trust me. It works.
    
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Nah m8, trust me. It works.

Now now... that is like me saying you can tell the difference between a $10 rca cable and this https://www.moon-audio.com/demo-kimber-ks-1010-interconnects-with-wbt.html
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Now now... that is like me saying you can tell the difference between a $10 rca cable and this https://www.moon-audio.com/demo-kimber-ks-1010-interconnects-with-wbt.html

LOL what is that?
    
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Naw but really though. Regular Windows vs. Windows with the correct NVIDIA scaling settings (or the drivers uninstalled altogether), HPET disabled, and C States disabled is a HUGE difference.
    
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