1. ThatM1key

    DMI/UMI and you! A guide to your motherboard's chipset bandwidth.

    So what is DMI and why is it important? DMI is the bandwidth tunnel between your Motherboard's Chipset's PCH/Southbridge and your CPU. DMI is important because the bandwidth is divided between your USB ports, Non-CPU linked PCIe slots, SATA ports and others. Knowing this information will help...
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    PC Motherboard ROG SupremeFX7.1 (DAC ESS® ES9023P) versus Audioengine HD6 (AKM AK4396A DAC)

    I just bought a new PC with a ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Dark Hero motherboard that includes soundcard: ROG Supreme FX7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC with DAC ESS® ES9023P. And supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback. Now I also have the Audioengine HD6 spreakers that include a AKM...
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    Upgrade from motherboard output to DAC

    I'm currently using the analog output from my motherboard, a Gigabyte Z87-HD3, straight to my amp. I've been looking at getting a DAC, probably an SMSL Sanskrit 10 MKII but after quite a bit of reading this forum and others I'm still not sure if it's worth the ~£100 purchase. Has anyone been...
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    How do you fix electrical interference from motherboard?

    Setup1: PC Motherboard -> Aune X1s -> SMSL SP200 -> DT1990 When I turn turn the volume knob of my amp all the way up I hear some strange eletrical noises. I then replaced my PC with my Laptop... Setup2: Laptop -> Aune X1s -> SMSL SP200 -> DT1990 Eletrical noises are gone now. How do I fix...
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    Advice: motherboard line out and headphone double amping

    Hi all, Great forum - I’m very much a novice but was hoping for some advice. I want to connect my motherboard to an external amp (i.e. use motherboard DAC). To which I will then connect my headphones - a range of low impedance normal driver [philips x2] and planar [hifiman 400i]. The amp...
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