Anyone using the newer Sound Blaster Command Driver for their Sound Blaster Z Card

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No idea if its any better, but its is something new for our older cards.
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Well yeah, even a mid-tier USB DAC is much better for mid-tier headphones than, say, onboard Realtek sound.
I actually hoped onboard will do when I got my new stuff, but the mobo output was way too ambitious with bass, resulting in some serious annoying distortion.
Had to get a FiiO. Yeah, yeah, it sort of was an excuse, but I was floored at the difference.
That said, I haven't used a Creative card since Audigy 2ZS and that was a friggin monster, but with kX drivers instead of CT's.
Can you even use kX drivers to their full potential (down to writing machine code for the DSP on the fly) with new OS and cards?
Anyway, sorry for the offtopic.
 

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People use sound cards?
Yes, I had a few sound cards, I recently changed the graphics, I didn't pay attention, it takes up 2.5 slots and has a backplate and now I can't install the sound card anymore, horror, and this one on the board is an older realtek.
Otherwise i have an asus strix soar, requires 1x6 pin, much better than integrated and does not take up cpu.
 

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Yes, I had a few sound cards, I recently changed the graphics, I didn't pay attention, it takes up 2.5 slots and has a backplate and now I can't install the sound card anymore, horror, and this one on the board is an older realtek.
Otherwise i have an asus strix soar, requires 1x6 pin, much better than integrated and does not take up cpu.
I guess my question is how is it "much better"? The speakers would make a much bigger difference I would think, no?

And taking up cpu resources? We have 16 core CPUs out here at thousand of MHz and we are still working about cpu cycles used?
 

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I guess my question is how is it "much better"? The speakers would make a much bigger difference I would think, no?

And taking up cpu resources? We have 16 core CPUs out here at thousand of MHz and we are still working about cpu cycles used?
Not really
if you can afford expensive speakers then you can afford a more expensive sound card that will feed them.
I have a logitech z240 speakers and with an asus strix soar sound card they work great and free up the processor.
A discrete sound card is a much better solution than any integrated one.
And I had a lot of them, from creative labs xtreme gamer, asus xonar dg, asus strix soar, all pci or pcie.
Strix soar is in my opinion the best buy right now and gives you the ability to plug in both headphones and speakers at the same time and then just play what you need in their software.
 

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You keep saying it's a "much better" solution. WHY.
I'm glad you ask, there are a lot of advantages, better sound, cleaner, I hear sounds I haven't before, more sound options, connecting speakers and headphones at the same time (just click the source to change), there are a lot of advantages of the sound card over the integrated, Less CPU usage and so on...
I have a lot of experience in terms of hardware and peripherals, I had a lot of different peripherals, hardware, etc. I did my PhD mostly on the Intel lga 1156 system
 

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mine has user replaceable OP Amps and an integrated headphone amp for high impedance headphones.

I'm glad you ask, there are a lot of advantages, better sound, cleaner, I hear sounds I haven't before, more sound options, connecting speakers and headphones at the same time (just click the source to change), there are a lot of advantages of the sound card over the integrated, Less CPU usage and so on...
I have a lot of experience in terms of hardware and peripherals, I had a lot of different peripherals, hardware, etc. I did my PhD mostly on the Intel lga 1156 system
Thanks guys!
 
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Possibly expensive motherboards have good integrated sound, I always had midrange mbo, never the most expensive and best.
For highend mbo I can't confirm what a sound they have.
 
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