Audio Performance and Quality

RightMark Audio Analyzer

This test attempts to quantify the sound quality from an audio card by passing it on to a secondary sound card for evaluation.  Our test setup passed the audio from the on-board sound to a PCI Creative Labs X-Fi card in order to complete the loop. 

Rather than bring in 7 graphs for each audio card tested, I decided to include RightMark’s results that are in ‘just plain English’ rather than the complete audiophile numbers.  If you are interested in those numbers feel free to email me and I’ll pass them on.

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Asus Crosshair Results

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Asus P5W DH Results

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Intel 975XBX Results

Compared to the Intel 975X motherboard that we tested during the Core 2 Duo launch, the Asus Crosshair motherboard audio subsystem doesn’t stand up to the tests of the RightMark Audio Analyzer.  The audio system here should be more than enough for most users, but hardcore gamers will probably still opt for an external audio card.  Being that we were expecting a bit more with the external audio riser, I am a bit let down that the audio results ended up as they did.

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