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Posted · Original PosterOP

Debating on whether to stick with the sound card I have now or go with onboard Audio. I know a dac amp setup would be ideal but thinking just for right now without spending money. Reason I'm debating is my temps run more warm with a card versus w/o

 

Headphones

Sennheiser 58x Jubilee

 

Sound Card

ASUS Essence STX

 

Onboard Audio  (Gigabyte Z390 ultra)

Realtek ALC1220-VB

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2 minutes ago, calarahil said:

Debating on whether to stick with the sound card I have now or go with onboard Audio. I know a dac amp setup would be ideal but thinking just for right now without spending money. Reason I'm debating is my temps run more warm with a card versus w/o

 

Headphones

Sennheiser 58x Jubilee

 

Sound Card

ASUS Essence STX

 

Onboard Audio  (Gigabyte Z390 ultra)

Realtek ALC1220-VB

If you already own both why not give it a try and revert if its not to your liking?

(Maybe i misunderstood that you already own and use all components?)

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6 minutes ago, calarahil said:

Debating on whether to stick with the sound card I have now or go with onboard Audio. I know a dac amp setup would be ideal but thinking just for right now without spending money. Reason I'm debating is my temps run more warm with a card versus w/o

 

Headphones

Sennheiser 58x Jubilee

 

Sound Card

ASUS Essence STX

 

Onboard Audio  (Gigabyte Z390 ultra)

Realtek ALC1220-VB

 Those headphones got a low impedance so I don't think you need to spend money on that. Others will say. Oh fuck sound cards they suck. Not really. They haven't given them a chance yet since like 10 years ago when sound cards probably weren't even protected from EMI.

The DAC chip on the ALC1220 is not bad. I have it and I have used it with my DT 990 pros before. But they are hard to drive so I got my SB ae-9 soundcard.

!EDIT! Misread the post. Stick with your Soundcard.


PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

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You most likely wont hear a difference between a 100 to 200 dollar Amp/dac combo or stack compared to your soundcard.


PM or DM me if you have any questions about audio or about your PC.

My pc specs

CPU > Intel core i7 9700k, GPU > RTX 2070 8gb, RAM > Corsair Vengance 2x8gb, Motherboard > Z390 Gigabyte Aorus Pro Wifi, Storage > 1TB HDD & 500gb M2 SSD, Cooling > H100I Corsair Platinum, PSU > Corsair RM750X V2

🎧Current Audio Setup For Gaming🎧

DT 990 pro 250ohm

Soundblaster AE-9 Soundcard

Other peripherals

Keyboard > Razer Chroma v2 Orange Switches

Mouse > Logitech G502 Hero

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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 hours ago, Tigerleon said:

You most likely wont hear a difference between a 100 to 200 dollar Amp/dac combo or stack compared to your soundcard.

I thought as much was hoping I could move away from my soundcard I've used it for many years. 

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Have you tried playing with your fan curves and Improving the overall airflow in the PC?


***FEEL FREE TO DM ME QUESTIONS ABOUT MY GEAR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR JUST CURIOUS***

CPU : ryzen 3600x  Motherboard: msi mag b550 tomahawk RAM:16 GB ddr4 corsair lpx GPU: gtx 1070 6gb Case:phanteks p400 

Storage:x1 280 gb kingston ssd x1 1tb WD blue hdd x1 2tb seagate barraccuda 

 PSU:650 GQ Cooling:be quite! BK009 Keyboard:ducky one 2 rgb full sized Mouse:G502, Model o Operating System:win 10

Desktop audio gear: topping d10 --->  monolith Cavelli Liquid Spark---> Beyerdynamic dt 990 , Sennheiser Hd 58x, Hifiman HE4xx, AKG k240, AKG k52

Speaker Setup: Topping PA3--->Micca RB42

My portable setup: fiio Q1 mk2, fiio ubtr, fiio btr1k,fiio btr5---> whatever bud or IEM Im feeling that day

 AKG y50bt,Sennheiser HD 4.40

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 hours ago, rice guru said:

Have you tried playing with your fan curves and Improving the overall airflow in the PC?

It's not my fans per say I have 6 noctua fans a mix of 120 and 140 mm fans. I thinks it's just the occupying slot carrying the heat much like I'd you ran without a graphics card the airflow leaving your case would be chilly. Just a self observation

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