Figured this would fit the "motherboard"-category well enough.
I didn't find any reviews comparing different integrated audio solutions, so user experiences are the only options really.
I'm looking for Z77-motherboard with 130-160€ budget, and 3 candinates so far popped up.
Asrock Z77 Extreme4-M - mATX has enough slots for me, Asrock has had a lot of satisfied users last couple years.
Gigabyte Z77 UD3H - Someone recommended it to be solid board and should receive BIOS updates steadily
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3M - mATX has enough slots for me, the integrated audio caught my eye (but don't really know crap about it)
Of course, if you know any better mobos in the same price range, feel free to recommend
The audio solutions:
Asrock: Realtek ALC898 - I've had no problems with my ALC888, though of course 898 is different - I doubt it's any worse, though?
UD3H: VIA VT2021 - Never heard of it, how does this compare?
G1.Sniper 3M: Creative CA0113 (same as Recon3D) - sounds "too good to be integrated", but apparently it's really mostly software codec (even in the Recon3D cards), rather than hardware like X-Fi's are
I doubt there's any mobos out there with real X-Fi audio? I know ASUS for example has their SupremeFX III on Gene V, but it's apparently Realtek chip + Creative software