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I have a system with an Asus Maximus III Gene motherboard.

For onboard sound, it has the SupremeFX X-Fi which comes with features like EAX 4.0, CMSS 3D, and X-Fi Crystallizer.

Would this be superior or on par to a discrete sound card, what I had in mind is the Asus Xonar DG.

This system is not used for gaming, only movie/video playback and a bit of music. I use the HDMI out when I connect it to one of my TV's but when is sits in my office it uses a set of 2.1 speakers.

I also quite frequently use my Sennheiser HD415's with it.

thoughts?
Edited by Robilar - 4/5/11 at 10:09am
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Not sure what you're asking. You asking for the best way to connect to 2.1 speakers?
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Onboard will never be as good as a discreet card. There's simply too many limitations, namely electric noise and inferior power source.
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Not sure what you're asking. You asking for the best way to connect to 2.1 speakers?
I was questioning whether onboard sound would be better than an entry level Asus sound card when used with either 2.1 speakers or headphones.

Usually, onboard would always be worse but in this case the Gene has a better than standard onboard audio chip.
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Personally I wouldnt upgrade unless you plan on getting a DX or better. I dont think you will notice much difference (if any) if you upgrade to a DG. I cant say though as Ive never heard either one... but that's what I'd do.

Edit: I dont know if you will notice much difference with your speakers and headphones but a dedicated sound card is always better than onboard even if it's not noticeable.
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The Asus Xonar DG can emulate EAX 5.0, your on board only does EAX 4.0.
The DG has Dolby, which I've heard is better then CMSS.
(I really like Dolby headphone).
The DG give you options for setting the Ohm for your headphones.
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The SupremeFX X-Fi is just a Realtek processor with custom Creative X-Fi drivers. Nothing special but (sort of) a marketing gimmick.

If you get a dedicated sound card (eg. Xonar DG), you can hear a difference in sound quality if you got good headphones and speakers.
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Quote:
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The SupremeFX X-Fi is just a Realtek processor with custom Creative X-Fi drivers. Nothing special but (sort of) a marketing gimmick.
Yup, it's simply the extra software effects that you're getting with onboard X-fi.
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I would say, spend 100-200 bucks on a good vintage 70-80s receiver and all your problems are solved without buying another sound card. But this is also dependent on what passive/active speakers you have. If you don't want to do so, then yes, a solid xonar card will have better encompassing sound than your attached sound card.
    
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I ended up grabbing the Xonar.

I noticed a huge improvement in headphone quality (the card indicates it has a headphone amp).
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