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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.

-Thanks

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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

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nY8H99/gigabyte-ga-z270x-gaming-8-atx-lga1151-motherboard-ga-z270x-gaming-8

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.

http://forum.gigabyte.us/thread/775/gigabyte-aorus-z270x-gaming-problem

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