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[PG] Creative Launches New Motherboard Sound Chip.

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http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/05/31/cr...t-wheres-x-fi/

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The audio specialist has just announced a range of integrated sound processors using a new logo and name, Sound Core 3D.

What’s curious is that looking at the specs sheet, Sound Core 3D is an X-Fi in all but name, and like the Bard’s rose presumably sounds the same. For starters, the press release says that it’s powered by the Quartet DSP: that’s a four core digital signal processor that has been the heart of the X-Fi chips since their launch, but which hasn’t been promoted by that name for nearly six years. I may be wrong, but I don’t recall it appearing on any Creative literature since 2005.
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lol
I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
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I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
Well, it has the potential to increase frame rates in games because it offloads the CPU work.
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Onboard that actually compares to discreet soundcards? Very interested to see how this turns out.
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lol
I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
....an internal sound card can't process much outside of what MS offers.
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I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
They are like 990x to a QX9650.
    
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I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
There is a huge difference, I sold my sound card for some some cash for this rig, and now I'm forced to use on board, its a massive difference.
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Well, it has the potential to increase frame rates in games because it offloads the CPU work.
Not really, CPUs are fast enough these days that this isn't an issue anymore. At most you'll gain an FPS or 2.

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I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
Very basically, onboard is connected directly to the motherboards other electronic components, meaning noise and distortion can be an issue. In addition, they are usually budget quality as motherboard makers of course want to save money any way they can. Many headphones cannot be driven with onboard, they provide no amplification like some soundcards. Lastly the digital-analog conversion chips in soundcards are usually better performaning than onboard.
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I still don't get it what's with the sound cards.. how are they better than the mobo's integrated one? *honest question*
less distortion of the analog sound signal via better components such as it's digital-to-analog converter chip (DAC). It's mainly the DAC that counts, as well as the operational amplifiers (opamps).
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Well, it has the potential to increase frame rates in games because it offloads the CPU work.
Actually no. That was with Windows XP, the last Microsoft OS to support hardware acceleration for sound. They dropped support for that from Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Now the sound is processed by the CPU, so you don't gain any FPS by having a dedicated soundcard. That's also why Creative got all those problems with EAX compatibility when Windows Vista was released, because the sound tasks were no longer being offloaded to the sound card, and thus a driver redesign was neeeded for EAX to still work in software.


What you get is better sound quality, of course, and perhaps more functionality.
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