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Onboard Sound vs. Dated Sound Card ?

post #1 of 11
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I was wondering if it would make a difference if I were to use a Sound Blaster Live! (CT4830) rather than the onboard sound on my P5LD2.

If so, how much of a difference would it make. Also consider this, I mainly use headphones for gaming and videos.
post #2 of 11
Can't judge on sound quality, but the card would relieve some pressure from the CPU.
    
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Would it make such a significant difference that I should install it? Or would the difference be so minimal that it wouldn't be worth the hassle?

(Mainly just for CS and Source, gaming-wise)
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I guess it won't matter that much, esp. if you have good performance right now.
    
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might aswell just just the card

when i installed my sb live on my old PC it added around 15 fps in CSS
    
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Thanks for the replies. Guess I won't have to open my rig today. heh
post #7 of 11
My opinion would be with a CPU that fast to stick to onboard. You almost wouldn't be able to feel it with that extra card.
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post #8 of 11
Looks like you will be doing a couple of benchmarks to compare between the two..
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post #9 of 11
The SB live series hasnt actually got a fully dedicated Audio processor on it so it will still use your CPU for data processing. However it will still help abit.
post #10 of 11
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I guess I'll stick with onboard for now until I earn the money to get an X-FI.

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