Topic: Do i even need my HDSP 9652?
My computer specs:
CPU: Xeon E5 2670 x2 (Dual CPU)
Motherboard: Asrock EPC602
Memory (RAM): Samsung 1366 8GB x 8 ECC REG (64GB Total)
GPU: EVGA SC GTX 1070
PSU: Seasonic 660
Soundcard: RME HDSP 9652
DAC: FIIO POS ($30)
Headphones: AKG K702
Headphone AMP: FIIO E09K
Studio Monitors: Mackie MR8s
Second Soundcard: Soundblaster POS from 2011 (Used for Discord for online work, Mic/headset) (Has Asio Drivers)
Studio One 4
FL Studio (Video Render Only)
Samples: Loopcloud, Splice
I just make instrumentals from my above hardware from software or samples. I have no need at all for inputs, do i even need this card?
The more i think about it, what is the soundcard even doing? Doesn't it just offload my workload to my CPUs anyway? I hope someone could help me in testing if the soundcard is even worth using as i could upgrade to a better CPU and Motherboard as i been keeping this setup because it's legacy PCI and won't use a riser/adapter card.
I just can't think of a test i could do to see if i would notice any deference in CPU spikes are what. I just don't know what to look for.
After making tracks, mixing, artwork, graphic design, uploading YouTube / Facebook & IG and tagging to all the social media site. I just won't try to think of how to test this, as i really don't understand what a soundcard even does. I understand Asio just means Audio Stream In and Out (i think) but that is where it ends.
If someone can help me come up with a test i could do to check the RME card vs my soundblaster or somethinge else, please leave a message. I would love to sell this card and get on to some upgrading already.
2 CPUs is not fun. Very hot becuase of how their placed on the motherboard and the case and motherboard are huge. I would rather have a 5Gz OCed CPU with massive SSDs over more RAM.
Thanks again, sorry for the wall of text.