Originally Posted by sccr64472
I'm surprised none of you have experienced lag when using onboard audio. If I'm playing an 8 player map and drop a nuclear bomb in the middle of a bunch of units, I notice a millisecond pause while all the calculations are being done since the cpu is being taxed by so many devices. Nobody else witnesses similar behavior? I've seen it on many computers and sound cards have always remedied it.
Originally Posted by Simca
Today's processors are fast enough to handle most sound. If you're looking for a sound card to help you with lag, I kind of find that funny, but if it does in fact remedy it for you then viola. Another reason to get a sound card. I know that sound cards help with complicated sounds and processing those sounds. Multiple sounds often get muddied and you lose a lot of detail with on board. A sound card will help a lot with clarity.
As for performance FPS wise..lol...if it works for you, whatever man.
frankly what sccr64472
said is true: and this thing was really annoying in older Pentium 4 CPUs , believe it or not but sometimes in some P3/P4 rigs playing a single MP3 file consumed 20% of CPU
and also agree with Simca
, this muddied
result is more often to happen while using on-board and that due to Windows multi-tasking bugs
so yes buying a sound card will not only give you better sound quality but also it might help your performance but in the terms of extra FPS , it will just make your system more Stable
so yes OP.........if you have money go for it and buy one Edited by Crag - 5/23/11 at 4:45am