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H00PL4H_KH4N 6 months ago

Hey everyone,

I need a new audio solution now that the the integrated chip on my MoBo is dying. I was wondering what all the values on the PCPP page for sound cards mean. I'm not sure what bits, SNR, and sample rate all mean in regards to sound cards.


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Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

How do you know the integrated chip is dying? what motherboard do you have?

Also what exactly are you trying to drive in terms of Audio?

H00PL4H_KH4N submitter 1 point 6 months ago

How do you know the integrated chip is dying?

Dying might be the wrong word. the integrated zxri sound chip on my board has a known bug (http://forum.gigabyte.us/thread/775/gigabyte-aorus-z270x-gaming-problem) that has been getting worse.

what motherboard do you have


what exactly are you trying to drive?

  1. My headphones that i use for gaming/music/movies, Bose AE2's.
  2. Antlion ModMic 5 I use for MIC
  3. and Logitech z313 2.1 channel speaker set.
cbalmaceda 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Take a look at a couple of links that I have provided below.

These explain the sample rate and bit depth in some detail to help answer your questions. http://www.tomsguide.com/forum/53479-6-sample-rate-soundcard http://www.resoundsound.com/sample-rate-bit-depth/

As for SNR, it stands for signal-to-noise ratio. Essentially, the higher this number is, the better. If the device has a low SNR, you will start to hear a hum or buzzing sound when the volume is turned up to high levels. With a higher SNR, the clarity increases and there will be less background noise.

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H00PL4H_KH4N submitter 1 point 6 months ago

"unless this is the moment for you to become a super opinionated audiophile"

I know what sample rate is, there's no turning back!

edit: also the sound chip has a bug that is only getting worse.


Essentially every so often an unbearably loud metallic sound comes out of any active audio out. It's starting to happen more frequently so maybe dying isnt the right word