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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Nahrga PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS G55VW-S1020V (SSD + Win 10)
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VII Ranger (Z97)
    ProcessorIntel i5-4690k @4.2GHz
    Memory (part number)16GB DDR3 1600MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport (BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU)
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    Question Sound card advice

    I got the annoying audio popping issue on my VII Ranger and it's just horrible.

    I need some advice on buying a new sound card. I'm not sure if it should be a PCI or USB sound card, it needs to be 5.1 at least.

    Thanks in advance

    EDIT: My budget is maximum $75
    Last edited by Nahrga; 05-07-2015 at 06:40 AM.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Deon017 PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Motherboard
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    How much are you wanting to spend as it can range from $30 to $525 - for just good sound I believe ASUS have great cards that will cost under $100

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    go pcie/pci.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Nahrga PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS G55VW-S1020V (SSD + Win 10)
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VII Ranger (Z97)
    ProcessorIntel i5-4690k @4.2GHz
    Memory (part number)16GB DDR3 1600MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport (BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU)
    Graphics Card #1XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition
    Storage #1Samsung 840 EVO 120GB (OS)
    Storage #2Samsung 850 EVO 250GB (For games), WD Black 1TB (Storage)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deon017 View Post
    How much are you wanting to spend as it can range from $30 to $525 - for just good sound I believe ASUS have great cards that will cost under $100
    I completely forgot to mention my budget
    My budget is maximum $75, which I hope is enough for a decent sound card.


    Quote Originally Posted by kkn View Post
    go pcie/pci.
    Are there any advantages over USB?

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
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    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
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    USB/external audio devices can be pretty phenomenal, and easily switched across machines. There are minor additional signal latencies, but not enough to matter for lowly HD audio output unless the USB controller is severely overcrowded. Many motherboards have weak or problematic USB power management, regardless of specs, which might be problematic when USB devices are being hotplugged or charged or whatever (often a sporadic issue easily fixed, at least for a while, by just restarting the system). But the main disadvantage of USB audio devices is simply cost, PCI/PCIe sound cards generally cost much less. Better motherboards tend to add components which emphasize audio, and gamer/enthusiast motherboards tend to sound remarkably decent - as good or better than any low-/mid-priced audio card - if you have such a mobo then you can't actually upgrade sound quality without a buying high-end (and high-priced) audio device.

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    ROG Guru: Yellow Belt Array Nahrga PC Specs
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    Laptop (Model)ASUS G55VW-S1020V (SSD + Win 10)
    MotherboardASUS Maximus VII Ranger (Z97)
    ProcessorIntel i5-4690k @4.2GHz
    Memory (part number)16GB DDR3 1600MHz Crucial Ballistix Sport (BLS2CP4G3D1609DS1S00CEU)
    Graphics Card #1XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition
    Storage #1Samsung 840 EVO 120GB (OS)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korth View Post
    Better motherboards tend to add components which emphasize audio, and gamer/enthusiast motherboards tend to sound remarkably decent - as good or better than any low-/mid-priced audio card - if you have such a mobo then you can't actually upgrade sound quality without a buying high-end (and high-priced) audio device.
    So I can either choose between good audio quality and audio popping or "worse" audio quality and no audio popping.
    I don't know what to choose really, the audio popping isn't really an issue in games. However, when it comes to playing music playlists, I think I would rather use something else than the onboard audio.

    My issue is that I don't really like spending around $150 on a high-end sound card. I would rather buy another motherboard for that kind of money instead.

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    ROG Guru: Black Belt Array Korth PC Specs
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    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
    CaseObsidian 750D (original), 6xNH-A14
    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
    Headset Pilot P51 PTT *modded*
    OS Arch, Gentoo, Win7x64, Win10x64
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    Accessory #1 TP-Link AC1900 Archer T9E, 1xPCIe
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    Your Maximus VII Ranger has a "ROG enhanced" Realtek ALC1150, pretty much the best mobo-integrated audio available. Some of the MSI Gaming mobos use overkill onboard sound hardware, but (from what I've seen) people report audio issues with them as often as on any Asus mobo. You could always abandon all the ROG Sound add-ons and try ye olde Intel HD Audio, it's quite good y'know.

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