Originally Posted by firej
my gpu really sucks because i wasn't so lucky to choose the Sapphire R9 270X with a lot of throttling and unstable temps and also with so a noisy fan that only manual you could set it max rpm. I really want to try the sound card now until my upgrade. I dont know how many lanes has my cpu, would you? I have AMD 1090T Black Edition, my motherboard is the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5
No matter on CPU, you will need x1 or x4 PCI-E slot, even new 500$ processors from Intel can't tolerate GPU and Sound Card in PCI-Ex 16 slot in same time. You need Threadripper or Intel Xtreme. Not worth.
Buy freely AE-5. I installed onboard sound card because test something and difference is HUGE. Simply these onboard solution no matter on board cost are not even to close, they not emit some sounds clearly noticable on dedicate sound cards, and better sound cards as AE-5 even change and improve them and they become completely different than on cheaper sound cards.
I had SBZ 4 years - fantastic, and I saw some chance to upgrade on SBZxR, something little in euro I add and sold mine SBZ.
Change again immediately from first start of game, everything, voices, steps, ground, realoading weapons, explosions...everything is different than on onboard solution. I hear AE-5 is little better, same or little lower quality than SBZxR, that mean worth 100%.
But you need to look boards with x1 slot on distance from PCI-E x16.
I don't go on Mini ITX only because sound quality and because I don't want to sell PCI-E for USB and 10 USB devices... no.
Even some mATX boards are limited to x16 slots and that's big mistake. 2x 16 and x1 are far more important than 3x 16 on mATX.
Very rear someone use 3 x16 and 1 x1 on mATX.