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Onboard Audio vs PCIe x1 Audio Card


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#1 IT Girl in Training

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 02:13 AM

Hello all!

I have a motherboard (Pegatron M2NLA-68 Narra5) which I plan on upgrading in the future. However, for now I am curious as to whether upgrading my on-board audio, which is Realtek 5.1 HD Audio, to this PCIe x1 based sound card, is worth it. When I get this motherboard, will I even have use for this card?

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 10:06 AM

You will always get better audio quality from a separate audio card (PCI or PCIe) primarily because onboard audio is affected by interference with other motherboard components.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 03:31 PM

Hello all!

will I even have use for this card?

Thank you!

Hi, thats a question only you can answer ,if you only plan on using it to listen to music or windows sounds from you computer ,on a basic set of speakers ,the answer is no ,the onboard audio of the new motherboard will be more than enought to do that .
But if you plan on hooking computer up to a entertainment center with surround sound speakers ,and play music and movies through you computer to you TV's entertainment center,[will I even have use for this card?] then the answer would be Yes

Edited by caperjac, 04 October 2010 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 07:46 PM

Don't get that card. It's garbage.
This one is better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829132006
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 08:04 PM

Unless you specifically need a card for some sort of specialized use, the onboard (of that new board} is fine. That new board has optical and HDMI already on it so that sound card would be a bit redundant.

I hate to suggest anyone buy a Creative product. If you need digital outputs, that Xonar might not fit the bill. I usually require SPDIF/optical out for my systems.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:00 PM

Actually, the selection of PCI-E cards might be limited because of the northbridge heatsink, so my previous suggestion might not work.

Edited by RainbowSix, 04 October 2010 - 09:01 PM.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:34 PM

^^^What is wrong with the northbridge heatsink?

Don't get that card. It's garbage.
This one is better: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16829132006


I wouldn't call it "garbage". It's a basic sound card. I agree that the Asus is better though what deters me from considering it is the need for a 4-pin power connection.

Unless you specifically need a card for some sort of specialized use, the onboard (of that new board} is fine. That new board has optical and HDMI already on it so that sound card would be a bit redundant.

I hate to suggest anyone buy a Creative product. If you need digital outputs, that Xonar might not fit the bill. I usually require SPDIF/optical out for my systems.


Not many headphones or PC speakers use optical (SPDIF) or HDMI connections that I know of. :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 10:14 PM

^^^What is wrong with the northbridge heatsink?

Nevermind. From an overhead view, it looked like it might be in the way of longer PCIE cards but part of it is flat against the motherboard, out of the way.

Edited by RainbowSix, 04 October 2010 - 10:14 PM.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:05 AM

Wow everyone thank you so much for the replies! It seems as if I don't have a need for a sound card until I get that home theater system I want. :^)~ Until then...

The only thing I really use as far as media is listening to music on a three-piece system (2 speakers, 1 subwoofer) and the occasional USB connection to a recording mic for acoustic guitar, or my Casio WK-3300. Unless the better sound card transposes into better music quality from a USB recording, I can't see that I'll need it.

Thanks again for the insight, everyone.

Edited by IT Girl in Training, 05 October 2010 - 12:06 AM.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 11:53 AM

Not many headphones or PC speakers use optical (SPDIF) or HDMI connections that I know of. :thumbsup:


Glad you are a psychic and knew that there would be no need for digital out.

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