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    ROG Enthusiast Array KuraiShidosha PC Specs
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    Post Need people who use on-board audio to comment please

    Hi,

    I am currently using a Creative X-Fi Titanium sound card and I like it but something bothers me that I noticed when testing another PC with a USB audio system. When playing anything with sound, audiodg.exe consumes up to 6% of my 7700k CPU usage. That's significant for a quad core hyperthreaded brand new processor. On the system with USB audio however, there is 0% CPU usage when dealing with sound.

    My question to anyone using a Z270 Maximus board with on-board audio, does your audiodg.exe consume CPU usage when you play anything with sound? Or does it stay 0% at all times?

    Thank you

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    Tagging along this thread. I'm using an old SB Recon3D pcie soundcard which still works, but I've been wondering if the onboard chip on my IX Hero is better.... anyone have experience?

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    ROG Guru: White Belt Array mcleod52 PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyK View Post
    Tagging along this thread. I'm using an old SB Recon3D pcie soundcard which still works, but I've been wondering if the onboard chip on my IX Hero is better.... anyone have experience?
    Heck of a question. I've not used the sound card you've mentioned, but I've been using the on-board Audio of the Hero IX board and love it. I use it to drive my two PC speakers and a Polk Audio subwoofer. Sounds great.

    My $0.02 worth.

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    ROG Enthusiast Array KuraiShidosha PC Specs
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    Wow. Thread hijacked much.

    Can anyone using the onboard audio please do this test and confirm? It takes all of 10 seconds to play an MP3 and check task manager for CPU usage on audiodg.exe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuraiShidosha View Post
    Wow. Thread hijacked much.

    Can anyone using the onboard audio please do this test and confirm? It takes all of 10 seconds to play an MP3 and check task manager for CPU usage on audiodg.exe.
    Listening to music while playing a game at the same time, resource monitor shows average CPU usage of 0.19% for audiodg.exe process.

    I'm not running Sonic Studio 3 and no enhancements enabled.

    Only using Realtek HD Audio Manager (for SupremeFX) and headphone amplifier set to powerful.
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    ROG Enthusiast Array KuraiShidosha PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anvirol View Post
    Listening to music while playing a game at the same time, resource monitor shows average CPU usage of 0.19% for audiodg.exe process.

    I'm not running Sonic Studio 3 and no enhancements enabled.

    Only using Realtek HD Audio Manager (for SupremeFX) and headphone amplifier set to powerful.
    Thank you. That's much better than what I'm seeing on my Creative. Probably their garbage drivers from ancient times just hogging resources. Up to 6% is half a core on my i7. That's not insignificant. I think I'm going to go through with finally retiring this sound card. I'm going to miss its output though. We'll see how it goes.

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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array NemesisChild PC Specs
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    I have used Creative sound cards for eons until I switched to ROG boards.

    The reason, the onboard sound is actually very good with these ROG boards. I'm using a 2.1 Bose system with a powered sub woofer.
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    I was going to look this up for you last night but when I tried there wasn't an audiodg.exe that I could see in task manager.

    Either my Apex IX doesn't have the same drivers (more than likely as it's not the same sound chip and it's more for overclocking) or I don't have all the software needed installed i guess.

    Sounds like you have an answer already above though!

    -Y.O.D.A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcleod52 View Post
    Heck of a question. I've not used the sound card you've mentioned, but I've been using the on-board Audio of the Hero IX board and love it. I use it to drive my two PC speakers and a Polk Audio subwoofer. Sounds great.

    My $0.02 worth.
    Much appreciated! I'll try the onboard out this weekend, thx a bunch.

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    ROG Guru: White Belt Array qUAanA PC Specs
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    onboard audio is GARBAGE

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