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 Post subject: Looking for low power sound card
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 7:15 am 
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I'm putting together a new system. I'm trying to have it use as little power as possible while still having fast performance. I got all my parts ordered Friday, but I forgot to get a sound card!

Can someone recommend a low power PCI or MIO-PCI sound card? I'm using an Asus motherboard that supports an MIO-PCI sound card. The Asus card seems to be sold-out most places. I don't need more than two channels or ultra-high quality. I just want basic stereo sound with as little power consumption as possible.


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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 8:06 am 
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I find it hard to imagine that the motherboard you purchased doesn't already have on-board sound. Check the specs... though I admit to not being familiar with Asus' MIO-PCI thing.


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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 8:17 am 
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It's a "server" MB, so no sound built-in.

System config so far -
Asus P7F-E Motherboard
Intel Xeon L3426 CPU
4GB Kingston 1333Mhz DDR3 ECC Registered RAM
Intel 80GB X-25M SSD
HIS Silent 1GB Radeon HD 4670
Asus DVD-ROM
Seasonic SS-300SFD PSU
Masscool variable speed CPU fan

I'll be getting a pair of Dell G2410 monitors next week. Also more memory and a big HDD fairly soon.

I'm hoping it'll idle around 100W including both monitors.


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You could go for one of these cheap USB sound adaptors.


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I doubt whether we can really find a lowest power sound card in the real world. After all, a discrete sound card draws so tiny power consumption, making the argument of power consumption meaningless. For example, my Onkyo SE90 PCI draws 1 or 2 watts at idle, so why bother with the trouble? That being said, you can just use 4670's built-in HDMI audio device to output sounds, thus saving a discrete sound card, money, and a watt or two.


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