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I just bought an Z77 chipset motherboard but I don't know if the onboard sound is better than my actual sound card (specs in sig). The sound card has OPA2134 opamps which give it an advantage over the onboard. But my sound card uses an old chip (CMI8768). So which one is better? Onboard or my sound card?

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If you are using digital, onboard will be the same as a sound card if a device is doing the decoding. If using analog, thats a whole different story. A decent soundcard will trounce onboard. The guys who think that onboard sound is "good enough" haven't heard a good soundcard.
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dedicated sound card is always better than onboard one, unless you have a really crappy, cheap, ancient sound card.
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yea anything dedicated will ALWAYS be better than onboard otherwise there would be no point in buying dedicated biggrin.gif
    
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This question has been asked for years and years. Motherboard audio, while it has improved... by a lot, still can't touch the fidelity of a dedicated card.
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Originally Posted by ghostrider85 View Post

dedicated sound card is always better than onboard one, unless you have a really crappy, cheap, ancient sound card.

Yep, and this isn't a junk card. Sure it's no Xonar STX, but it's got to be about as good as a DG, which is a real step up from onboard.
    
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