I'm posting this topic on this forum as I thought it would be appropriate to ask for answers as well as I couldn't get any answers from any other computer related forums.
Basically, my current mobo fried after we had a power surge last week. As a result, by doing researches and looking at reviews/comments for various boards, I was left with these boards as candidate:
- Asus Maximus IV Hero
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87
I've picked out these boards for OC capability, extra features and good reputation (though Sniper is pretty new so I couldn't find various reviews for it). More so, these boards are on sale at the moment in my local shop so I thought it might be a good chance to grab a RoG board or the new Sniper board.
I know this might be hard to answer but my question is, which of these boards will provide a clean, non-interrupted USB connections that will provide clean sound from my DAC? I'm asking this specifically on this forum because non of the reviews or people from other forums wasn't able to give me any answers.
I've had bad experience with my older boards where I will hear popping/crackling noises from any DACs I've owned (both USB powered and self-powered). I also tried various solutions such as using external USB hub, reinstalling/update drivers, reinstalling OS and much much more. I literally spent months trying to fix the issue and at the end, it pointed towards the motherboard itself. To be honest, I regard the power incident as a chance as I've been dying to try out other boards excluding OC and other reasons.
With that being said, I'm okay getting either of these boards as both offers what I really want in terms of OC. I'm leaning towards Hero as it's a well known board however I've heard reports of people having the same popping/crackling problem with the on-board sound card. As for the Sniper, they have this USB port specifically designed for external DACs to reduce the interference and provide cleaner sound... which I'm skeptical about this "unique" feature.
As always, I would appreciate it if I could get some suggestions and opinions about these boards.
P.S My current audio set up is AKG annie and O2+ODAC combo.
Edited by chococya96 - 1/6/14 at 12:44pm