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Old 25-07-2020, 01:02 AM   #1
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Comparing the realtek ALC1220 vs Soundblaster AE-7

Hi guys, I need help with some audio hardware. I am building a com with a MSI z490 unify mobo. Also, I have a soundblaster AE-7 on my hand. According to MSI, the mobo has a Realtek® ALC1220 Codec + ESS SABRE9018Q2C combo DAC. The AE-7 also has a ESS sabre DAC. I am wondering if slotting in the AE-7 will make any difference. Or is there more to just looking at the DAC?

I am using a 5.1 surround system.
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Old 25-07-2020, 01:40 AM   #2
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Not the same model, so you can only use the reviews as reference. But it generally seems that Creative has done a competent job of integrating the dac and at least in measurements it should be superior. And its headphone amp is much better. As long as you don’t mind the Creative software, seems no harm in using the ae-7. Unless you plan to sell it off.

Yes there’s a strong possibility you won’t hear a difference. Even affordable sound cards are very good nowadays.

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/f...-review.13083/

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/f...erx-ae-5.9114/

What 5.1 setup are you using?

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Old 25-07-2020, 09:16 AM   #3
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The spec of the DAC chip itself is almost never the indicator of performance in onboard sound.

The same idea needs to be held for everything including soundcards. Fortunately Creative has been proving to be competent soundcard makers since a few years ago.
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