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Use onboard Audio card (Foxconn destroyer) or external (X-Fi Fatal1ty) card?

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I'm rebuilding a computer using a foxconn destroyer mobo and have an old X-fi Fatal1ty audio card left. Should I use the integraded audio card from the destroyer mobo (Realtek ALC885 7.1-Channel HD Audio CODEC ) or the old X-fi fatal1ty audio card in the PCI slot ?
What is the difference between the two ? Tell me if i'm right, but the X-fi has the extra X-ram (64mb), dolby surround (is this also HD audio or no?) while the foxconn has HD audio ? would the Foxconn be the better option/quality vs. the prehistoric fatal1ty audio card ?
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The sound card should perform better so that's my choice. X-Ram is for marketing, it only helps in the few games that support it. Dolby surround is all post-processing that sounds the same on every platform.

However everyone has different ears so try both and see what suits you best.
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The sound card should perform better so that's my choice. X-Ram is for marketing, it only helps in the few games that support it. Dolby surround is all post-processing that sounds the same on every platform.

However everyone has different ears so try both and see what suits you best.
the onboard card or the x-fi ? How is dolby different from the HD or they the same ?
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the onboard card or the x-fi ? How is dolby different from the HD or they the same ?
There's no cards onboard, so yes the soundcard.

I'm not sure what you mean by HD.
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Exactly what x-fi card are you talking about?

Anyway if you've got the card, test for yourself.
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There's no cards onboard, so yes the soundcard.

I'm not sure what you mean by HD.

For the foxconn: says HD audio with ESR (http://www.foxconnchannel.com/produc...D=en-us0000400). I really don't know the difference b/w HD, dolby...

For the PCI audio card: Fatal1ty X-fi (http://techreport.com/articles.x/9599/2). So i don't know if this one (which was an old old card) would produce better sound quality than the onboard foxconn ?
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There's no such thing as "HD" audio, it's just there to show that the onboard is clear. Dolby is a company that excels in audio algorithms and techniques to create "surround sound". It's not some kind of tradeoff to "HD", it's just an additional optional feature. Anyways, the X-fi isn't the best card out there, but it should definitely be better than the onboard. You might even like the Dolby effects it offers.
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