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enoteware
03-10-10, 01:20 PM
I am currently using onboard realtek audio with my alienware aurora I just picked up. The sound is fine but I want to go with a USB sound card to reduce the CPU drain the realtek uses.

I cant go pci express because I only have two pci express slots and they are going to be reserved for a sli/crossfire.

To be honest I am not even sure the realtek drivers draw that much from the cpu, but I think it would be better to have the usb sound card handle the load.

So far I'm looking at:

Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 (http://us.store.creative.com/Sound-Blaster-XFi-Surround-5.1/M/B0017QQQAE.htm)

XDanger
03-10-10, 01:50 PM
dont you have a pci slot?

sound cards use the little tiny pci-e slots btw ,not the big ones.

If I had to I'd go with the Xonar usb thing.


How much do you love your TV...Too much?

enoteware
03-10-10, 03:46 PM
I don't have any pci slots with my particular motherboard :(

bacon12
03-10-10, 03:51 PM
I have that card and its better than the on board, and the drivers work ok for creative. I am glad I got it. Works ok with the laptop and my htpc, but sound and driver quality can't touch my xonar. I bought it for my zotac atom/ion board that didn't have pci slots.

enoteware
03-10-10, 03:53 PM
Ooh the Xonar looks great. It does EAX processing too.

crainger
03-12-10, 01:35 PM
Xonar only does EAX 2.0 though. ::(: While it says it can do 5.0 with new drivers, but it just lets you select 5.0 in games then it just converts them down to 2.0. Kinda lame for the games with good EAX support.

XDanger
03-12-10, 02:03 PM
Xonar only does EAX 2.0 though. ::(: While it says it can do 5.0 with new drivers, but it just lets you select 5.0 in games then it just converts them down to 2.0. Kinda lame for the games with good EAX support.

Just Doom III then ;)

bob saget
03-12-10, 05:14 PM
I have had the ancient sound blaster audigy USB card, and it worked great.

crainger
03-13-10, 05:01 AM
Just Doom III then ;)

Doom 3 had terrible EAX support. No I mean games like Thief 3 and the Hitman series.

XDanger
03-13-10, 05:54 AM
Doom 3 had terrible EAX support.

I thought it sounded great.

crainger
03-13-10, 07:43 AM
Maybe with another patch sine I last played, I played it after Creative forced id to patch it in and it was pretty bad. ::(:

XDanger
03-13-10, 04:58 PM
I just remember a metal container falling on the floor or something and thought "cool" or such like.

Aphot
03-13-10, 05:49 PM
So this motherboard only has 4 pcie slots?

enoteware
03-13-10, 10:01 PM
2 pcie slots no pci

XDanger
03-14-10, 08:54 AM
2 pcie slots no pci

Is it that you cant see the x4 pci-e slot because its covered by a video card or there just aren't any?

Its a micro atx is it?