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some high end boards come with a PCIe-1X sound card

also I prefer to use HDMI audio over using a big speaker/bass system and all the wires,etc.

guess I have never been picky on sound but that is interesting that it runs so good for being so old.
well it wasn't easy i had to find modded drivers because the last official drivers were released in 2005 so it didn't even have vista support Nativity. Halo 1 sound SO GOOOOOOOOOD its unbelievable the sound would cut out if you fired the machine gun but with this even with forced EAX it doesn't skip at all.
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It makes absolutely no difference if you use the digital outs on your onboard though.

But yeah, onboard analogue really does suck. Even on my $200 P67 board, the analogue sucks. That's why I'm thankful I get to use optical, since I don't have a sound card.
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My guess to why the sound is better, besides it just because it's not onboard is that the water in the pool was magical.
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but why even bother putting onboard sound on a $200+ mobo then if its such crap?
These days, those mobos can have xfi like quality onboard sound cards.
Like the G1 Assassin / killer series, for instance.
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It makes absolutely no difference if you use the digital outs on your onboard though.

But yeah, onboard analogue really does suck. Even on my $200 P67 board, the analogue sucks. That's why I'm thankful I get to use optical, since I don't have a sound card.
my onboard only has SPDIF and my surround sound is analog only, so it was not good lol.

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My guess to why the sound is better, besides it just because it's not onboard is that the water in the pool was magical.
that was like 3 years ago my drunk cousin stole it and decided it needed a swim lol.
Edited by philhalo66 - 6/18/11 at 2:01am
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These days, those mobos can have xfi like quality onboard sound cards.
Like the G1 Assassin / killer series, for instance.
yeah i seen that first hand Halo 1 the sound skips and cuts out with EAX enabled (the whole reason why i spent $96 for my audigy) so just because they claim its HQ doesnt mean it is.
Edited by philhalo66 - 6/18/11 at 2:00am
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post #17 of 38
usually any didicated sound card is better than onboard , but i dont think that will work for a 15 years old sound card that been in the gulf war
Those older sound blasters have issues with WIN 7
IMO maybe saving some money for a good one (X-Fi titanium or Xonar DX)
    
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usually any didicated sound card is better than onboard , but i dont think that will work for a 15 years old sound card that been in the gulf war
Those older sound blasters have issues with WIN 7
IMO maybe saving some money for a good one (X-Fi titanium or Xonar DX)
lol it works fine but i do plan to buy an X-Fi titanium eventually, i don't want those asus ones overhyped garbage as far as i am concerned i had one and it died 3 days after i bought it so i returned it for my audigy.
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post #19 of 38
like has already been said, sound cards have more dedicated parts... whereas onboard has the bare minimum to make noise come out =)

plus, ever heard the saying "they just dont make them like they used too..."
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post #20 of 38
They usually always chuck onboard sound on these expensive mobo's as it's another feature they can slap on the box. And the more features, the more possible sells they can make.

Ever notice how gimmicky and just, well, rubbish some motherboard features are? Example: Asus "Speeding HDD" - some "special" SATA ports that apparently speed up harddrives in a RAID config. Turns out it's just software based and is actually slower then using the chipset to manage it.

I must admit, i get quite annoyed when i find useless features on a premium mobo as i'd have rather them spent those resources on something more important. Say, another USB port, or better overall quality.

It makes me lose respect for the manufacturer with each useless feature i discover. It also makes me feel a little cheated.

Oh well.
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