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What's the status of onboard audio? (versus Creative X-Fi)

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I've been using a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic card for a while because I had a relatively old motherboard with poor onboard audio.

Yesterday I purchased an ASUS Sabertooth P67 motherboard that has a Realtek ALC892 chip. It lists the following features:

- Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O

Is it worth it to still use the X-Fi card in my new system? I've always read that Realtek is "junk" but I'm wondering what I should do.

I'm not an audiophile and I am a fan of a more integrated system (ie. less cards, etc), but I already have the X-Fi card so money isn't the issue.
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post #2 of 7
I would still use the soundcard, but that's just me. Dedicated sound is happy sound.
     
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post #3 of 7
Doesn't hurt to try both and compare . But I'd vote for the sound card any day.
post #4 of 7
The dedicated card significantly better unless your using digital out.
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post #5 of 7
You should sell your XtremeGamer.

And move up to a Titanium HD. WOOOO!
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post #6 of 7
Any dedicated sound is like90% of the time better... If you have good like like the one you have. Besides, Correct me if I'm wrong... But doesn't the Sound cards take some of the sound proccessing from the CPU? And make the CPU run a little faster?
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^ very good i purchased my titanium and probably will be returning it for a ASUS xonar DX... as these are better for the price.. ive heard alot better...!
    
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