Asus Striker II NSE Review (Page 11 of 12)

Page 11 - Onboard Sound (RMAA 6.06) Analyzation

Asus seems to be quite proud of their dedicated audio riser card with the SupremeFX II module -- let's see how it performs under our RightMark Audio Analyzer tests.

Test Information:

Testing device: SoundMAX HD Audio
Sampling mode: 24-bit, 48 kHz
Interface: DirectSound
Testing chain: External loopback (line-out - line-in)
RMAA Version: 6.0.6
20 Hz - 20 kHz filter: ON
Normalize amplitude: ON
Level change: 0.5 dB / 0.5 dB
Mono mode: OFF
Calibration singal, Hz: 1000
Polarity: inverted/inverted

Frequency response

Noise level

Dynamic range

THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)

Intermodulation distortion

Stereo crosstalk

IMD (swept tones)

Test Summary

Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB: +0.08, -0.02 - Excellent
Noise level, dB (A): -74.3 - Average
Dynamic range, dB (A): 74.1 - Average
THD, %: 0.013 - Good
THD + Noise, dB (A): -67.4 - Average
IMD + Noise, %: 0.059 - Good
Stereo crosstalk, dB: -67.5 - Good
IMD at 10 kHz, %: 0.055 - Good
General performance: Good

To be honest, I was sort of disappointed by the performance of Asus' SupremeFX II. The dedicated audio riser card did in fact improved performance as compared to the Asus M3N-HT Deluxe and Asus P5E3-Deluxe, but it didn't really blow anything out of the water as you can see in our results above (All uses the same ADI 1988B audio codec). Meanwhile, Gigabyte's X48T-DQ6 didn't even have a dedicated audio module and performed much better than Asus' onboard sound.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Features, and Specifications
2. Bundle, Chipset, BIOS
3. A Closer Look, Board Layout
4. Test System; Benchmark: 3DMark06
5. Benchmark: PCMark05
6. Benchmark: Cinebench R10, SuperPI 1M
7. Benchmark: EVEREST CPU
8. Benchmark: EVEREST FPU
9. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory
10. Benchmark: EVEREST Memory Latency, HDTach
11. Onboard Sound (RMAA 6.06) Analyzation
12. Overclocking and Conclusion