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How is onboard sound on ROG boards?

#1ReneeDuckPosted 8/21/2013 5:14:22 AM
I am considering getting one of them, Mainly for the aesthetics, but is their sound quality is good enough that I don't have to get a discrete sound card? ie; Xonar DX,

Is their virtual 7.1 good? and will they be able to drive headphones like the AKG Q701 and Sennheiser HD598?
#2RPGFan709Posted 8/21/2013 5:27:05 AM
Could you please provide an link to what ASUS ROG board you are looking at? I can say with confidence though that there's no way you are going to run a AKG Q701 off onboard and make it sing. That headphone is a bit picky about powers it and what doesn't. The Sennheiser HD598 is easier to run, can be done off onboard.

I'd say stick to a soundcard like an ASUS STX or external DAC/Amp.
#3ReneeDuck(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 5:46:14 AM
I'd prefer the cheapest,
Maximus VI Hero

but I'd pay the extra 100 if there is a considerable sound upgrade from the Hero to the Formula
I don't Expect xonar essence STX type quality, maybe along the lines of DSX, DX..
#4RPGFan709Posted 8/21/2013 6:05:27 AM
Hmm...I just had a look at both at the Formula and the Hero. According to its stats, the Formula does have the Essence STX's TI TPA6120A2 amp chip on the board and has the ASUS DX's DAC on it. Assuming decent implementation, it should theoretically be a match to the DX.

I also noticed that you are shopping in Canada and I have to say that those prices are high, even by Australian standards.
#5RPGFan709Posted 8/21/2013 6:21:44 AM
I have to admit that I can't comment on its virtual surround sound capacities as I'm not familar with what software it uses. From what I can tell, it uses some sort of Realtek solution.
#6ReneeDuck(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 6:45:17 AM
Hmm, The only reason i'm a bit hesitant on getting a discrete soundcard is because my cards will run at 8x and 4x since the 4770k only has 16 pcie lanes.
#7ReneeDuck(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 6:46:22 AM
and yea Canada is pretty expensive, especially if you add in the 12% tax
#8ClouddxPosted 8/21/2013 7:34:55 AM(edited)
You can always get a real external AMP/DAC.
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#9Killah PriestPosted 8/21/2013 7:51:29 AM(edited)
The hero has a supremeFX chip so its slightly better than the realtek but not as good as an actual sound card.

I have two maximus one with the supremefx and one the realtek.
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#10AlleRacingPosted 8/21/2013 8:48:27 AM
RPGFan709 posted...
I also noticed that you are shopping in Canada and I have to say that those prices are high, even by Australian standards.

I just checked prices between US and Canadian sites, those ROG motherboards are pretty much the same price across the board. That Hero in particular is actually $10-20 cheaper on than it is from or