Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › X-Fi or onboard Optical?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

X-Fi or onboard Optical?  

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
i was wondering which would be better for overall sound quality: the X-Fi or my onboard Optical? I have the Logitech Z-5500 speakers. any input would be great
post #2 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMD SLI guru
i was wondering which would be better for overall sound quality: the X-Fi or my onboard Optical? I have the Logitech Z-5500 speakers. any input would be great
Not only would the X-Fi sound better, but it would also free up some cpu time.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
post #3 of 7
X-Fi. It will increase you're gaming performance and sound incredible.
post #4 of 7
Well after we've established that X-Fi pwned the 2ZS I'm pretty sure it would do much worse to onboard.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 @ 3.42GHz Asus P5K Deluxe XFX 8800 ULTRA 710/2340 2x1Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracers PC2 8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
74Gb Raptor + 750Gb Seagate eSata XP Pro Samsung 226BW 22" LCD Logitech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone Zeus 650w N/A Logitech MX-518 Ulti Mat 
  hide details  
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 G0 @ 3.42GHz Asus P5K Deluxe XFX 8800 ULTRA 710/2340 2x1Gb Crucial Ballistix Tracers PC2 8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
74Gb Raptor + 750Gb Seagate eSata XP Pro Samsung 226BW 22" LCD Logitech 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone Zeus 650w N/A Logitech MX-518 Ulti Mat 
  hide details  
post #5 of 7
X-Fi all the way..unload that CPU hehe.
Torch's Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6750 w/G0 ASUS P5KC Sapphire HD5770 1GB 4 GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
ADATA S510 120GB SSD, (2)Samsung F3 1TB, Seaga... Asus SATA DVD LinuxMint 13 x86 w/Mate Asus 23" HD 1080p HDMI LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 610w PC Power & Cool Silencer Rosewill Blackbone Logitech G400 
Mouse Pad
DOLICA 
  hide details  
Torch's Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6750 w/G0 ASUS P5KC Sapphire HD5770 1GB 4 GB G.Skill DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
ADATA S510 120GB SSD, (2)Samsung F3 1TB, Seaga... Asus SATA DVD LinuxMint 13 x86 w/Mate Asus 23" HD 1080p HDMI LED LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder X4 610w PC Power & Cool Silencer Rosewill Blackbone Logitech G400 
Mouse Pad
DOLICA 
  hide details  
post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sccr64472
Not only would the X-Fi sound better, but it would also free up some cpu time.
ok cool... i just wanted to know for the future. i watch all my movies with my dvd player hooked up to the Optical port in my speakers and it's AMAZING! i was just wondering if it was that different in my onboard optical...
post #7 of 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMD SLI guru
ok cool... i just wanted to know for the future. i watch all my movies with my dvd player hooked up to the Optical port in my speakers and it's AMAZING! i was just wondering if it was that different in my onboard optical...
It would sound better than the conventional analog onboard sound.
Optical is a pure transport, If your speaker set has optical in, it also has it's own DAC this you are not using the DAC on the motherboard BUT, it still takes cpu processing to send the digital signal. Actually, im not even sure if the monboard DAC is not being utalized. It still maybe for the analog sound even though nothing is plugged in it.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8500 Asus P5B-Deluxe Radeon 4850 4GB 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro Asus 24" Filco Blue MX Thermaltake 750W Toughpower 
CaseMouse
Antec P900 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo E8500 Asus P5B-Deluxe Radeon 4850 4GB 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro Asus 24" Filco Blue MX Thermaltake 750W Toughpower 
CaseMouse
Antec P900 Logitech G9 
  hide details  
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
This thread is locked  
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › X-Fi or onboard Optical?