I currently have the Gigabyte Z77x-DH3 motherboard, it has VIA VT2021 on board audio, 7.1+2 Channel, 192/24 capable, 110s/n. Today I bought the Audigy fx card, 5.1 192/24 capable, 106s/n, to see if it was better than my on board audio, and I don't think it is, especially now that I just wrote down the specs.
I listened to both though my sennheiser HD 439s, and I can't tell the difference. I think the SoundBlaster card sounds better, cleaner and warmer, but that could be my imagination. Should I get a different card? I paid $50 for this, but I'd go $125ish if it made a difference. Should I keep the on board, sell the Audigy, and get an amp?
integrated Audio > http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/audio/codecs/vt2021/