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Old 3rd September 2017, 7:24 AM   #1
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Default Best 7.1 gaming sound card via optical?

I ma running into a yamaha 7.1 receiver via optical.

What is the best soundcard for this?

I have 2 x gfx cards with HDMI in SLI so running optical via HDMI won't work from my research.

I know my signal is compressed via optical.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 11:19 AM   #2
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Are you using hdmi out for your video signal?
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Old 3rd September 2017, 4:44 PM   #3
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No

DP to the monitor

Currently, Soundblaster Z via optical to the receiver.
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Old 7th September 2017, 9:41 AM   #4
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No soundcard needed for digital- if you continue using optical, the onboard optical out is fine, assuming you use the receiver for both speakers and cans?

HDMI is better- higher bandwidth than optical. You should be able to use a HDMI connection direct to the receiver, it's worth a shot.
  1. check your playback devices list
  2. connect via hdmi cable
  3. set HDMI output as the default playback device
  4. run speaker setup to tell windows to send 7.1

I know some people report problems with SLI+hdmi out on nvidia. Do you have hdmi on your motherboard?

If not, do you have a spare pcie slot? Other solution is to run a third GPU -doesn't need to be anything with 3d muscle- and use it's hdmi out for audio
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