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    Question Realtek ALC892 Opinions?


    What's the general consensus on the Realtek ALC892 audio chip that's found on some ASUS m/b's? I'm considering options as part of my due diligence in pricing out a possible new PC build. I use the PC for listening to music, and may do some audio editing and/or mixing. I don't do much in the way of recording or capture, at least for now.

    I do have a camcorder and Adobe Premier Elements, but I haven't really gotten into that to any extent. I'm not sure if this involves the soundcard/chip to any degree or not. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of reviews available on the Realtek ALC892, except for a few lines in m/b reviews.

    Eagerly awaiting your wisdom! Thanks . . .

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    I don't have any problems with it. I think it's pretty good actually. My last mobo had the same chipset, but for some reason my current mobo sounds a bit cleaner. While I haven't put it up against any real competition, it makes me question those who believe general use sound cards would be an upgrade.

    Unless you have specific needs or the equipment and speakers to take advantage of a high-end card, I really don't think you need to consider anything else. It's kind of like the difference between a 320kbps mp3 and the actual CD. One is superior, but most can't hear the difference. Your own preferences would come into play at this point.
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    This discussion, though not specific to the Realtek, covers some of the pros/cons of using onboard audio:

    http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=705957

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    Thanks! I'll check it out . . .

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    My Asus P8Z68V Pro uses the ALC892 chipset, and I think it sounds very good. Im a big audiophool/junkie and its definitely something I could live with everyday, no intentions to upgrade.

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    Thanks! That sounds like a major endorsement . . .

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    Might be a little late now, but I just got my P8Z77-v-Deluxe board today, and it has it. Got to say it's really clear. Much better than my old motherboards onboard audio.

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    That pretty much makes up my mind, thanks!

    I'm thinking about the ASUS P8Z77-M and an I5-3570K. Right now I have the system below, and have to replace the m/b because it decided to quit. I have a warranty replacement, and just have to get in gear and actually do the deed.

    I was planning to wait for another year, but any excuse to upgrade and I start plotting. I can usually justify things by saying I'm giving the old set-up to my brother. He hasn't had to buy a computer in well over a decade. Lucky him!

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