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Soundcard question - Realtek VS Old X-Fi

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Salute,

I just recently got my new i7 setup, and along with that a new ASUS motherboard. It has onboard RealTek HD audio. I was expecting to transfer my X-Fi Titanium card into it, but discovered this motherboard has no PCI express x1 slots, and that's what the titanium was.

I have an older X-FI XtremeMusic card I'm considering putting it. Would it be better to use the onboard RealTek, or install the older X-FI XtremeMusic?

Please advise, thanks!

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Pretty sure the Xtreme music is better. I still use one in preference to on-board sound of any type.

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Yes you can.

Never tried it myself but I've read in quite a few places that you can plug a x1 card into a x16 slot.

The problem that could occur is that the other x16 slot(s) then goes into x8 mode.

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Yes you can.

Never tried it myself but I've read in quite a few places that you can plug a x1 card into a x16 slot.

The problem that could occur is that the other x16 slot(s) then goes into x8 mode.

yup you can indeed put a x1 card in a x16 slot. I've done it before and it worked as advertised.

i got a IRQ error but it did work.

No, I don't think you can intermix them.

Please take a look at the diagram (http://www.ferra.ru/images/141/141084.gif).

I also read it was not recommended to try to squeeze a card designated for x1 (you can tell the size difference) into a x16 slot.

they've got those slots pointed backwards in that picture.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fc/PCIExpress.jpg/800px-PCIExpress.jpg

-indo

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