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PCI Audio Card Recommendation

By h_pavon ยท 7 replies
Jul 25, 2009
  1. Once again I need advice from the experts, this time I'm in need of a PCI sound card solution to replace on board audio on a Gigabyte EX58-UD4P mobo. As you can see PCIE 1x is not an option since the mobo has a useless slot blocked by a heat sink. I can also get a used PCI Creative Audigy 2 ZS, but I think that may not work as desired since the card is quite old.

    What I need to know first is if the on board audio on the mobo is worth replacing? My PC is used pretty much for movies, music and gaming, I have logitech THX 5.1 speakers and I really love surround sound while gaming.

    These are my options, please advise me on which one to get:
    ASUS Xonar D1
    AuzenTech AZT-XPCINE
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

    More recommendations under US$100.00 will be appreciated, many thanks in advance!
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I had a Creative Audigy 4 Pro for awhile which was a good card all around. I think I paid around $75 for it retail so I doubt it would be any more than $40-50 now. If you want better audio quality and better sound performance when running games, I would recommend it.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I second the above post, I moved from an audigy 2 to 4 and the sound quality was better. Go for it.
  4. h_pavon

    h_pavon TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 47

    The sad thing is that Audigy 4 is not being produced or sold anymore, Newegg only has Audigy SE and X-Fi Extreme. I was able to find one in Amazon for US$125.00, which is over budget for me.

    I am aiming for a product for the long run, that is why I would prefer something that is currently on the market and with a Win 7 compatibility feature assured.

    Many thanks for your replies!:cool:
  5. djspan101

    djspan101 TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I'd probably choose the X-Fi myself because they are renown for being great cards:)
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    I recommend the Turtle Beach Montego here as an inexpensive choice that will do the job. You will notice a significant difference in sound quality from the onboard sound.
  7. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I didn't realize how difficult it was to track down an Audigy 4... even on eBay the selection is quite limited. I sold mine several months back and at that time I could still find a few places online that sold them brand new. You might be able to get one in old stock at a retail location, I think I originally bought mine at Staples... yes, the office superstore. If not there's one here, but it's open box and for that price I would get something else or aim for an X-Fi.
  8. teklord

    teklord TS Guru Posts: 482

    A lot of companies have EAX support in their games meaning Creative cards have an edge with their games. X-Fi is what I use and it is an excellent sound card. Got it for about $40 used on eBay.

    Better than Audigy IMO with it's positional sound and X-Fi crystalizer.
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