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post #1 of 12
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ASUS xonar D1 (retail)

ASUS Xonar Dx (retail)

Auzentech Raider 7.1 for $49

HT Omega Striker (retail)


Which one do you all think I should go after? Used for a lot of gaming and music with just a few movies ...
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HT Omega Striker would have the best overall sound quality for movies and music, but the Xonar would be a hair better for games. If you went ASUS, I'd get the D1. PCI-E sound cards will interfere with Crossfire (most likely) should you choose to go that route, and I'd hate to see a sound card prevent you from getting the most out of your system.

So my vote, either the HT Omega Striker (my #1 choice) or the ASUS Xonar D1.
    
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Alright I will look into those 2 ... Although I dont think I will ever go xfire or sli you do bring up a good point ...
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It was mainly an issue for me because on my Mico ATX board my video card covers the only PCI-E x1 slot on my board, and Crossfire would make it impossible to have a sound card at all. So, with the modern coolers getting forever bigger, it's a good idea to look at what slots on your board are farthest removed from the PCI-E 2.0 to be safe.
    
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post #5 of 12
I'd also go with the HT Omega Striker followed by the Asus Xonar D1. Both are good cards, you couldn't really go wrong either way.
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How are the drivers with them on win 7 64bit OS?
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post #7 of 12
According to his sig rig he's got a Rampage III, which I think was built with 4-way crossfire in mind. In that case he would be fine picking either a PCIe or regular PCI card.

Anyway I think you should eliminate the Raider 7.1 from your list. And the DX and the D1 are the same card. So now you have to decide between PCI and PCIe, which will leave you either with the DX or to choose between the D1 and the Striker. There are plenty of google-able topics on the DX vs the Striker to help you make your choice.

I'd pick one up locally so you can return it easy if need be.
Edited by cuad - 3/16/11 at 12:37pm
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post #8 of 12
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lol ... maybe just flipping a coin would be my best bet?
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post #9 of 12
I would count out the Auzentech due to their reputation of terrible customer service. Great cards but if they break, good luck contacting anyone for an RMA. I currently own an HT Omega card and I have been highly impressed with the quality of the card and drivers.
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I would count out the Auzentech due to their reputation of terrible customer service. Great cards but if they break, good luck contacting anyone for an RMA. I currently own an HT Omega card and I have been highly impressed with the quality of the card and drivers.
no driver problems with win 7?
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