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EVGA NU AUDIO
 
Bring your next-gen system, to the next generation of premium audio.
 
For nearly 20 years, EVGA has built the most powerful graphics cards to play your games at the highest settings, powerful motherboards to run your system at optimal settings, and reliably efficient power supplies to power your system.  Now, EVGA extends its enthusiast tradition by partnering with Audio Note (UK), Ltd. to provide the most immersive audio and lifelike gaming experienced on a PC with EVGA NU Audio Card. #EVGANUAUDIO  #NUAUDIO #LIFELIKEAUDIO

 

Learn More Here:  https://www.evga.com/NU
 

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:19:39 (permalink)
    Nice!
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:22:38 (permalink)
    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:23:29 (permalink)
    Is there an alternative front panel header location that I'm not seeing?  
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:30:59 (permalink)
    Tempting, would love to know the price as well


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:33:59 (permalink)
    The long awaited audio card! 


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 09:55:35 (permalink)
    Very nice. I have Threadripper with 64 PCIe lanes so no problems here with lack of resources.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 10:05:18 (permalink)
    MSim Can we get your approval here
     

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 10:12:15 (permalink)
    MSRP?  I like that it has a serious amp in it, but the lack of a front panel audio connector is a bit surprising, or am I just missing something?  Can it somehow take over the motherboard's own FP connector? 
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 10:27:36 (permalink)
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    Tempting, would love to know the price as well


    PCWorld is saying $250 ($200 for Elite members).
     
    https://www.pcworld.com/article/3331898/computers/evga-nu-audio-sound-card.html
     
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 10:29:26 (permalink)
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    Very nice. I have Threadripper with 64 PCIe lanes so no problems here with lack of resources.


    If Threadripper was good for gaming I would have built a TR system, but it’s pretty terrible unless you need a workstation.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 10:31:57 (permalink)
    Considering that Audio Note makes amplifiers which cost 95 thousand dollars per pair I was expecting a price which can cause a blackout whoever will see the price.


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:00:20 (permalink)
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    Tempting, would love to know the price as well


    PCWorld is saying $250 ($200 for Elite members).
     

     




    That's not bad at all if the headphone amp is of a good quality.  USB DAC/AMPs under $100 can't really power higher ohm headphones very well and you can easily spend $400+ on a good headphone amp that I probably wouldn't ever use away from my PC anyway.
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:00:52 (permalink)
    Finally, been looking for a new audio solution to try out! 

    Audio cards have been pretty stagnant the last few years. My eyes are pleased but my ears are not!





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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:05:19 (permalink)
    SprayingMango
    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 


    Believe it or not, not everyone uses onboard audio or external DAC/Amps, and not everyone is limited to z series motherboards. Most users don’t have 2 video cards, and many (not most) have x series motherboard that have plenty of extra PCI lanes, so there is plenty of space to fit extra pci devices without hindering anything.

    Only Z series motherboard are limited to what you mention, so.. plenty of people could easily use this.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:11:42 (permalink)
    SLI support in games is non existing by now. Even if one uses single card and single NVMe drive then they can still use this audio card.


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:30:06 (permalink)
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    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 


    Believe it or not, not everyone uses onboard audio or external DAC/Amps, and not everyone is limited to z series motherboards. Most users don’t have 2 video cards, and many (not most) have x series motherboard that have plenty of extra PCI lanes, so there is plenty of space to fit extra pci devices without hindering anything.

    Only Z series motherboard are limited to what you mention, so.. plenty of people could easily use this.


    Even with an X series board, which I have, I’ve run out of lanes with my NVLink and NVME drives populated. SLI support is the best it’s been in years also. People that do not use SLI always love to spread misinformation and comment on things they have no experience with.

    This audio card does not even support MQA so streaming Tidal or other lossless audio will effectively be 13 bit.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:32:41 (permalink)
    MQA is proprietary
     
    And I used SLI in gaming for 2 years in Maxwell age, wasn't great.


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:40:39 (permalink)
    MSRP? I like that it has a serious amp in it, but the lack of a front panel audio connector is a bit surprising, or am I just missing something? Can it somehow take over the motherboard's own FP connector?

     
    It's there, just smack dab in center next to the RGB logo.  
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 11:54:45 (permalink)
    SprayingMango
    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 




    Spraying Mango I think this is what you are looking for if you are looking for great headphone audio
     
    https://www.bursonaudio.com/products/play/
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:00:26 (permalink)
    @EVGATech_EddieH I do not see and actual wattage number on the specs
     
    As to the front panel header, as Tribbs said it is right in the middle of the card just to the left of the EVGA NU Audio LED
     

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:02:12 (permalink)
    As for modding you can swap out the opamps with these guys - https://www.bursonaudio.com/products/supreme-sound-opamp-v6/
    Might require a little cover modding for the v6 versions
     
     


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:16:27 (permalink)
    That really looks like it's going to outclass every internal soundcard on the market...
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:17:40 (permalink)
    This.....
     
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    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 




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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:19:00 (permalink)
    It looks really good and while I have been using on board audio it just gets the job done but doesn't really offer much more then just getting the job done. I would like to have a better audio solution.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:30:35 (permalink)
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    @EVGATech_EddieH I do not see and actual wattage number on the specs
     
    As to the front panel header, as Tribbs said it is right in the middle of the card just to the left of the EVGA NU Audio LED
     





    Why would they put the front panel header there? It mars an otherwise nice looking sound card. 


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 12:35:56 (permalink)
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    @EVGATech_EddieH I do not see and actual wattage number on the specs
     
    As to the front panel header, as Tribbs said it is right in the middle of the card just to the left of the EVGA NU Audio LED
     





    Why would they put the front panel header there? It mars an otherwise nice looking sound card. 


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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 13:01:25 (permalink)
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    It looks like an amazing card but...why? Onboard audio or external DAC / Amps are all people use these days. Those of us with NVLINK / SLI setups + NVME drives can't use internal cards due to a lack of available PCIe lanes. If you made something like this in an external form factor I would buy it without hesitation. 


    Believe it or not, not everyone uses onboard audio or external DAC/Amps, and not everyone is limited to z series motherboards. Most users don’t have 2 video cards, and many (not most) have x series motherboard that have plenty of extra PCI lanes, so there is plenty of space to fit extra pci devices without hindering anything.

    Only Z series motherboard are limited to what you mention, so.. plenty of people could easily use this.


    Even with an X series board, which I have, I’ve run out of lanes with my NVLink and NVME drives populated. SLI support is the best it’s been in years also. People that do not use SLI always love to spread misinformation and comment on things they have no experience with.

    This audio card does not even support MQA so streaming Tidal or other lossless audio will effectively be 13 bit.



     
    MQA is junk, it's a good thing this card does not support it. Are there any streaming services out there that "actually" provide true lossless audio at a minimum quality of redbook 16bit/44.1khz? Frankly, the sooner people realize that FLAC is the way to go the better.
     
    This card honestly hits all the right notes that a sound card SHOULD have. The swappable opamps is a really cool feature that power users will love, the 600ohm max headphone impedance is awesome for users with headphones that require more drive such as the Sennheiser HD600s, DSD output support, has all the right input recording formats and resolutions.
     
    Coming from someone who has quite a bit of experience with audio equipment (both analog and digital), I would be all over this if I were looking for an internal sound card. I just have no need personally as I have a stupid amount of audio equipment already that does everything this does and more, and the PCIE lane limitation on the mainstream chipsets is most definitely a factor, especially as it sounds like SLI support may potentially increase with current and future gen GPUs.

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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 13:35:01 (permalink)
    What about DTS Connect/Dolby Digital Live encoding?
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    Re: EVGA NU AUDIO: LIFELIKE AUDIO 2019/01/08 14:31:19 (permalink)
    I have Corsair SP2500 2.1 speakers and a pair of V-MODA Crossfade M-100 headphones. Would I benefit from a soundcard or is my equipment too "low end?"
     
    I haven't had a dedicated sound card since 2013.
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