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post #11 of 33
No way. Any stand-alone soundcard will be better than onboard--unless maybe if the soundcard is an old SB16 made back when DOS was the standard.

Really, I bought one of the $20 SB Live! 7.1 cards and the improvement is simply amazing. Also, I used to have the Audigy 1 and it was about the same performance; nothing really distinguishable between the two, they're both amazing improvements for their price. Not to mention, stand-alone sound card will cut down on your CPU utilization from processing the sounds, as well.

Sorry if that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I just woke up. My point is that you should spend the $20-30 and get one of the "lower-end" SBs if you want to get something that sounds good and will lower the work of your CPU to do sounds for a relatively small price.
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Guess I'll have to gank my Dell's SB Live! 24-Bit card.
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ok, well ill get it soon, i heard it was hardware acclerated and that it increases fps on most games. also, i was looking and is this $30 card better then the x-fi extreme audio? im mostly playing gmaes and rarley listen to music but mostly games like queake 4
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ok, well ill get it soon, i heard it was hardware acclerated and that it increases fps on most games. also, i was looking and is this $30 card better then the x-fi extreme audio? im mostly playing gmaes and rarley listen to music but mostly games like queake 4
It's not better than an X-Fi but its a fraction of the price!
post #15 of 33
Save up a little more, i got a Auidgy SE and it turns out the damn thing is software accelerated, so it uses MORE cpu, but the EAX HD is nice.

If you want preform ace and a cheap price find a SB live! (NOT the 24bit one - it's the same as the adugy se)
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any links? i would prefer to get it in a store

thanks for the info
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post #17 of 33
onboard sucks 24/7 anything but onboard is better.
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i know onboard sucks but im so confused now about which sound card to get. i know i should get one that is hardware accelerated but i dont know how to tell......grr and i dont want to spend more than $60. all i want is more performance and if possible more FPS out of my old agp 8x 9600

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post #19 of 33
you won't get a noticeable rise in FPS but you'll hear the difference

Try a Audgy 2 or a X-FI
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I personally went from from AC97 onboard sound to an Audigy SE and the difference in sound quality is noticeable. I didn't notice a difference in game performance either negative or positive in terms of framerate but it fixed all the sound problems that I was having with Oblivion and other games as well as providing me with surround sound for my headphones. For $30 you can't beat it.
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