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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.
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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.
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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.
Yep. MY DX2 was RMA and i was playing bad company 2, before a explosion i got a tiny pause.
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Where I heard the biggest difference with speakers was going from my Xonar D2 to running optical out via my motherboard to a CA DacMagic and CA 640A V2. Sounded so much open and clear!

But, I notice a big difference between sound cards. However, it requires good speakers/headphones and a good source (not 128mb/s MP3!)
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Where I heard the biggest difference with speakers was going from my Xonar D2 to running optical out via my motherboard to a CA DacMagic and CA 640A V2. Sounded so much open and clear!

But, I notice a big difference between sound cards. However, it requires good speakers/headphones and a good source (not 128mb/s MP3!)
This is what I'm going to do, from onboard to DAC Also its 128kbps, not mb/s.

Is my CPU still doing to work if I plug a DAC in with a optical wire? Just wondering.
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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.
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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
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This is what I'm going to do, from onboard to DAC Also its 128kbps, not mb/s.

Is my CPU still doing to work if I plug a DAC in with a optical wire? Just wondering.

Yes, it will. However, a lot of games now are moving towards software mixing. Bad Company 2 is a good example where all audio mixing is done on the CPU, as will BF3. A sound card then only benefits because of the improved hardware.

Most modern CPU's are capable of processing audio. I noticed absolutely no change in performance when switching between software and hardware audio on games when I had a soundcard.
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Yes, it will. However, a lot of games now are moving towards software mixing. Bad Company 2 is a good example where all audio mixing is done on the CPU, as will BF3. A sound card then only benefits because of the improved hardware.

Most modern CPU's are capable of processing audio. I noticed absolutely no change in performance when switching between software and hardware audio on games when I had a soundcard.
I was just wondering, its not a big deal for me. The sound quality is what matters
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Marlee Matlin and Helen Keller could hear the difference between onboard sound and an ASUS Essence STX
I could easily-no contest.
The death of sound cards has been widely over-reported and premature in announcement. While you are not working with optimal gear-if you get an Asus Essence Stx-and a pair of reasonable Phonz you will be a happy person for doing so.
I gave on board 6 weeks-drove me crazy but I stuck it out. If you are phones oriented go with the Asus Stx-phones card


In short, you miss too much of the sound spectrum.
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Sa after reading all this i am still not sure what to do. Should i just get a DG then?
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