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So I was originally using my soundcard's optical out to my receiver because I did not want to use the sound card's HDMI 1.3 ports (which doesn't support 3D). I have now switched to using my GTX580's HDMI 1.4 port to my Denon 4311CI receiver. Bypassing my soundcard all together.

I have rather good ears and can usually tell the difference between things, but I can't tell a difference when bypassing my soundcard. I'm assuming because the GTX 580 is outputing the sound to a much better sound processor (The Denon 4311CI receiver). That, and the fact that Digital is Digital.

Am I missing something or is there absolutely no reason to have a sound card in my computer in my current situation? The whole "sound cards take the load off processors" doesn't exactly mean much when you have an i7.
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You pretty much bypassed the sound card a long time ago when you used the optical out.

Best you'll get out of it are any gaming features it may offer you.
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You pretty much bypassed the sound card a long time ago when you used the optical out.

Best you'll get out of it are any gaming features it may offer you.
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optical and hdmi is digital. so its really no conversion being done if your using your motherboards optical our or video card hdmi compared to your sound card optical out. Nothing is being converted, the file is being sent from the file directly to be decoded and processed by the receiver. No amplification or DAC needed.

I am pretty sure that is the case. so using your motherboards optical out vs video card hdmi vs sound card optical out, there isnt a difference in quality. At least that is what i have heard and interpreted.
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That's one school of thought, yes.
    
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Thanks, just as I figured. Will sell the soundcard.
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post #7 of 8
Also to add, the "taking load of the CPU" thing, was back in the day were disabling shadows under the taskbar actually gave performance increases. Back on like pentium 4 or socket 378.

you'd see 1% CPU usage on 1 core at max.
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@ts/murlocke / or anyone...
may i ask sumthin here ?

im looking forward to get upgrade to receiver setup...

- could ur receiver/receiver nowdays generate 2ch sound to multi ? 5.1/7.1 ?
(do we/i need to switch it manually or the receiver could identify it automatically how many the sound sour ch's ? (2/6/8 ?) so that multispeaker setup will sound alltogether all the time ?
- is the soundcard feature dts/ddl/dolby prologic will do any better/good to the receiver ?
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