Is integrated good now? (Aorus amp-up vs x-fi titanium)

Discussion in 'Computer Audio' started by Mode13, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Mode13

    Mode13 Gawd

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    It's that time of the decade for me to upgrade (every 5 years). For my last two builds I have reused my Creative SB X-fi Titanium pro fatality card due to it's superior analog output - which was vastly superior to the integrated audio on my z97-pro

    The X570 Aorus Elite im ordering boasts about its amp-up audio, but as usual I'm skeptical.

    Should I plan on using my sound card again or is integrated finally adequate?

    Can't afford a usb dac/amp atm unless something incredibly cheap will be significantly better than the x-fi (still using senn 595s)
     
  2. Ocellaris

    Ocellaris Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.

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    Just use your XFi, it’s mostly marketing in the motherboards.
     
  3. Mode13

    Mode13 Gawd

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    I figured as much. Was hoping to free up some room for a 10gbe card soon so I suppose I have to start saving for a USB dac..

    I'm so far behind in PC audio, I have no idea what's available. Not willing to spend over $300 on that new SB card. Just way too expensive for me.
     
  4. GotNoRice

    GotNoRice [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I would strongly lean toward continuing to use the X-Fi personally. That being said, you will be in a position to be able to try both with no additional money spent. I would suggest trying both and seeing what your ears tell you and what actually works best with the gear that you have.
     
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  5. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    Integrated audio has improved considerably in the last five years. Whether or not its good enough for you is hard to say. Regardless, I'd probably keep using the X-Fi. It's going to be better anyway.
     
  6. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge [H]ardForum Junkie

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    USB DAC/Amp ---> done, if what's built-in doesn't fly.The HD595's are easy to drive so that likely won't be an issue.
     
  7. Wade88

    Wade88 Limp Gawd

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    USB or spdif dac and amplifier works fine, as does an audio/video receiver plugged into your graphics card's hdmi out.
     
  8. OFaceSIG

    OFaceSIG [H]ard|Gawd

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    I would say it depends on what you're doing. If you're listening to music, or producing it, a USB DAC will most likley be better.

    If you're gaming, the X-Fi with a decent set of head phones will be better than onboard, IMO.
     
  9. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    I use an optical out from the motherboard to a receiver. This works very well.
     
  10. Wade88

    Wade88 Limp Gawd

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    Yeah I'd do that but my spdif is occupied by the DAC at my desk. mini trs for 5.1 at the desk, spdif for dac and amp/cans, hdmi for the receiver. I love desktops very much.
     
  11. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Get USB to SPDIF? I get the HDMI, but analog out of the motherboard at the desk? Yuck :)
     
  12. Wade88

    Wade88 Limp Gawd

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    It's the optical cable/port to the DAC, it works fine. WTF do you care about optical or USB for this? Both are just pushing bits to a digital to analog converter. the 5.1 is cheap only for positional crap in the videogames.
     
  13. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I don't?

    This is what I was talking about ;)
     
  14. Wade88

    Wade88 Limp Gawd

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    hdmi out to a avr and a rbh 7.1 system in 2.1, 5.1, or 7.1 with a rythmik 15" for couch gaming and things. the mini trs is fine for hearing if some dipshit is about to shank me in the back.