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Audio Performance
Output SNR
124 dB
124 dB
109 dB
112 dB
117 dB
109 dB
100 dB
113 dB
Input SNR
118 dB
118 dB
 
98 dB
115 dB
 
100 dB
113 dB
Output THD (%)
0.0003
0.0003
0.0004
0.0006
0.001
0.001
0.002
0.002
Input THD (%)
0.0002
0.0002
 
 
0.006
0.003
0.002
0.0006
Frequency Response
10Hz to 90kHz @ 192kHz
10Hz to 90kHz @ 192KHz
10Hz to 46kHz @ 96kHz
10Hz to 42kHz @ 96kHz
10Hz to 46kHz @ 96kHz
40Hz to 15kHz
40Hz to 15kHz
20Hz to 20kHz @ 48kHz
Output Full-Scale Voltage
2 Vrms
2 Vrms
 
3 Vrms
2 Vrms
3 Vrms
2 Vrms
4 Vrms
Op-amps
Swappable
Swappable
 
Swappable
 
Swappable
SMD
Swappable
Sample Rate and Resolution
Analog Playback
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
 
 
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/192kHz
Recording
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
ASIO 2.0 Driver Support:
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
24-bit/96kHz
 
N/A
24-bit/192kHz
Analog-to-Digital Converter
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
 
24-bit/96kHz
N/A
 
Digital-to-Analog Converter
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
24-bit/192kHz
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
N/A
 
S/PDIF Output
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192KHz
 
 
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
 
Stereo Playback
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/192kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
Multi Channel Playback
 
 
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
24-bit/96kHz
 
S/PDIF Input
 
 
 
 
 
 
24-bit/192kHz
 
I/O Ports
3.5mm Output
Adaptor
Adaptor
4
4
4
1
1
 
6.3mm Output
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
4
6.3 mm Input
1
1
 
 
 
 
 
2
Front Audio
1
1
2x 5-pin
10-pin
 
10-pin
10-pin
 
S/PDIF Output Optical
Adaptor
Adaptor
1
 
1
1
 
 
S/PDIF Combo Output
1
1
 
1
 
1
1
1
RCA Output
1 L/R
 
 
 
1 L/R
1 L/R
 
 
S/PDIF Input Optical
 
 
1
 
1
1
1
 
S/PDIF Combo Input
 
 
 
 
 
1
1
 
3.5mm Input (MIC)
 
 
1
2
1
1
2
 
Headphones Port
 
 
Integrated
1
1
1
1
 
Features
Interface Type
PCI Express
PCI
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI Express
PCI
PCI
Processor
ASUS AV100
ASUS AV100
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
Creative X-Fi CA20K
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
Creative 20k2
C-Media CMI8788
 
7.1 Channel Sound Output
Karaoke
 
 
 
 
Vocal Effects
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stereo to Surround Sound
Dolby, Xear 3D
Dolby, Xear 3D
CMSS - 3D
 
CMSS - 3D
CMSS - 3D
Xear 3D, DTS
 
Digital Audio Intermediary between PC and Home Theater
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
Dolby Digital Live
 
 
Digital Audio Intermediary between soundcard and software.
ASIO
ASIO
ASIO
ASIO
 
 
 
ASIO, GSIF
WDM
 
 
 
 
 
API Compliant Standards
OpenAL
 
 
A3D 1.0
 
 
 
 
 
DirectSound
 
 
 
Dolby Headphone
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dolby Digital Live
 
 
ASIO 2.0
 
 
DTS (Digital Theater Systems)
 
 
 
 
DTS Neo:PC
 
 
 
 
 
EAX
 
 
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v5.0 HD
v1.0, 2.0