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    ROG Enthusiast Array Celty2 PC Specs
    Celty2 PC Specs
    MotherboardAsus Crossfire Hero VI
    ProcessorRyzen 7 1700
    Memory (part number)G.SKILL TridentZ RGB 3600 F4-3600C16D-16GTZR
    Graphics Card #1ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5*
    Sound CardXonar Essence STX
    MonitorASUS VE278
    Storage #1SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 500GB NVMe MZ-V6E500BW
    Storage #2HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5" 4TB
    CPU CoolerCorsair H110i GT
    CasePhanteks Eclipse P400S PH-EC416PSTG
    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 850 G3
    Keyboard Corsair Strafe RGB Silent
    Mouse Corsair M65 RGB
    Headset Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 R
    OS Windows 10
    Network RouterNetgear R7000

    Join Date
    Jun 2013

    Crosshair VI Hero Onboard Audio vs. Essence STX

    Putting together my new Ryzen build and I have my old Asus Essence STX sound card on hand. I know the onboard audio is supposed to be high quality, but does will my sound card still be a better solution? I do use good headphones, and with the Essence STX amplifier, it has always delivered great sound.

    Which will be the better choice?

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    ROG Guru: White Belt Array FoxTech PC Specs
    FoxTech PC Specs
    MotherboardASUS Crosshair VIII Hero
    ProcessorRyzen 9 3900x @ 4,4Ghz
    Memory (part number)32GB Trident Z F4 @3600Mhz
    Graphics Card #1Palit Super Jetstream GTX 1080 @2000Mhz-Boost clock 2138Mhz
    Sound CardSoundblaster Z
    MonitorSamsung 34"curved S34E790C
    Storage #1Samsung 960 Evo
    Storage #2Samsung 850 Pro
    CPU CoolerCustom water cooled
    CaseThermaltake Core X9 (modified)
    Power Supplybe quiet! DARK POWER PRO 11 850W
    Keyboard Steelseries Apex 500 Gaming
    Mouse GoErgo
    Headset HyperX Cloud Gaming
    Headset/Speakers Kingston Cloud Gaming B/W
    OS Error Amplifier (Windows 10 Pro 64 Build 2004)
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    Jun 2017

    I know, its an old threat but I have to say, the onboard sound chip is crap. Even if you use the Sonic Studio.
    Very poor performance for a board like this.

    And you're only able to use a dedicated soundcard if you don't use a M.2 on the Pcie 4-3 at full speed.
    A possible place is the first PCIe X1 slot, if your graphicscard don't block the slot.
    I had to throw my soundblaster Z after installing the 960 Evo.
    Backplate of my GTX 1080 blocks the first and only available slot for the soundcard.
    I'm extremly unhappy with the board layout atm.

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