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    Default Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    I know this may be a silly question but I just want to be sure before I order a new sound card.

    Until now I had been using PCI sound cards which fit fine beneath my gtx580.

    I am now looking to switch to a PCI-E card like this.


    My question is simply, is there enough room for a card like this?? My concern is the big "Gigabyte" heatsink looks pretty close to the 2nd mini pci-e slot down which is where it looks like needs to be. The first mini pci-e slot down looks totally unusable because of lack of space.

    I'm basically looking for a sound card that will give me the best quality for music. I was using the Asus Xonar Essence ST (which sounded great)but I've had 2 of them die on me.
    If anyone has any recommendations on what card would be the best sounding for music, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    You should be fine using the sound card exactly where you have the red arrow pointing to. The slot above it will not work. The only thing to be possibly concerned about is heat. Make sure you have good air flow as the back of the gpu can get warm. But even that should not be to much of a issue. Just something to mention.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    Hi,

    I can confirm that a soundcard fits in that PCI-E slot, as I have a X-Fi Titanium HD in that slot.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    I originally installed an HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card and have since upgraded to an HT|Omega Claro Plus+ and will put the Striker in my backup system. Their tech support people have replied within hours of my email tech questions three different times and their english is better than mine.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    I find my onboard sound with standard Windows sound drivers just as good as my xonar dx,the dx does have more bass but not much more,you can benefit just as much by upgrading your speakers and media software,I use jet audio with all the add on sound packs much better sound than wmp and Winamp ect
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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    Thanks for the great replies guys, much appreciated.

    I only need 2.1 sound. I am using Harmon Kardon GLA-55's with a 12 inch Polk Audio Subwoofer at the moment. I will be trying the aforementioned Creative card since I read that it's pretty close in sound quality to the Asus Xonar Essence (which sounded great, until it died - twice).

    I should be receiving the Creative card this afternoon.

    Cheers.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    Let us know how your new Creative card compares with the Asus Xonar card.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Let us know how your new Creative card compares with the Asus Xonar card.
    New card arrived - It installed easily, no problems. As I said I'm listening on Harman Kardon GLA-55's and 12" Polk Audio Subwoofer.

    I've only had it about 16 hours fwiw but here are my initial impressions.

    The Creative seems to favor bass more than the Xonar. However, the Xonar seems to favor mid-hi more than the Creative.

    I have the Creative card in "Audio Creation Mode" which sounds the best to me of the 3 modes for music. With the Xonar I left everything on neutral with zero effects. I am listening to everything from 128kbps mp3s to lossless FLAC. I'm not using any of the crystalizer or any other effects. I prefer an accurate sound to a noisy one, however, we are talking about mostly lossey mp3s on 2.1 computer speakers (albeit very expensive) so I don't expect a lot of accuracy.

    I generally don't like to use equalizers but I found that a small bump in the 3-6khz range brings the sound closer to what I was used to with the Xonar. The Xonar really delivers on the mid-his to highs, the Creative not as much. So that's where I am at now.

    I'd say the Xonar really excels with lossy mp3s, it makes you begin to forget you're listening to a lossey format. When listening to lossless FLAC the difference is difficult to distinguish between the 2 cards.

    They both sound pretty good. I'd say the Xonar edges out the Creative in sound quality by slight amount. I would imagine the Creative still needs to break in a bit also. I am enjoying it nonetheless.

    Thanks again for the replies.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R enough room for pci-e sound card?

    Thanks for the feedback, enjoy your new Creative card.
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