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Poll Results: Do we, as gamers, need sound cards?

 
  • 33% (78)
    Yes, without discrete sound gaming is aweful
  • 48% (112)
    Sort of, onbaord sound does a great job for gaming
  • 9% (22)
    No, USB sound solutions work well for gaming
  • 9% (21)
    I do not care let me play my game
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post #41 of 152
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That's all we were trying to tell you in the first place... because it did come off as aggressive the way you originally stated it.

Well then I'm sorry I upset you.
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DarkFury is just a highly sensitive individual. I would not spend my time convincing him that you were trying to express your opinion. Also, Art Vanelay, I am speaking from experience and being an audiophile myself, I find sound cards highly useless and just an added gimmick. As I said, quality headphones are the gems for gamers. Adding a soundcard is not overkill; it is a waste of space. I'm sorry your life is filled with trolls but you should at least open your mind a bit more once in a while.
post #43 of 152
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Originally Posted by Empr1ze View Post

Is the OP serious...

Sound cards are for those with crappy built computers that can't give good sounds. They don't even enhance gameplay. It's also for audiophiles but they won't buy one since AMPs are much, much better.

Developers don't consider sound too much as the on-board sound system is perfectly fine to listen to every detail of a game. A sound card just adds hardware EQ, pretty much. They're also capable of handling multiple sound effects and mimicking others, too. The stock sound system was the developers' original intentions. I'd say save yourself $100 and just go with a good gaming headset (preferably a USB-oriented one).

Quality headphones > a soundcard.

Mehhhhhhhhhhh

It greatly depends on the circumstances. For instance, lets say someone has the razer carcharias. Maybe they got in on sale for like 50 bucks and it does a good job for what it is. Then yes, buying a sound card might be a bit wasteful.

If one decided to go and buy audio technica ath-ad700s and a mod mic, then something like the asus DGX would be beneficial since you will actually be able to hear the difference between the card and on board since the headphones are more revealing.

Another aspect is the type of game one would be playing. (in fact I believe this was already stated). If someone is playing MMOs, then a sound card is not going to make or break your game play. Even FPS games to a large extent don't need a sound card. To ME, games like Bioshock and skyrim need a sound card. In fact screw sound cards with those games, I would get a dac an amp.

Another thing is that a lot of the higher end headphones need an amp of some type. A asus DGX sound card had a little headphone amp in it. So in some cases, a good sound card is going to be a smarter purchase than it would be to dump as much money into a set of headphones as possible.

Just me 2 cents.
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Wow.. how did that become about me?

And no, I'm not "highly sensitive". I can accept others opinions as opinions. We all have our own opinions and choose to share them here.

Empr1ze, I think you are just being a "pot stirrer" here. That is not needed or wanted. So why go there?
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DarkFury is just a highly sensitive individual. I would not spend my time convincing him that you were trying to express your opinion. Also, Art Vanelay, I am speaking from experience and being an audiophile myself, I find sound cards highly useless and just an added gimmick. As I said, quality headphones are the gems for gamers. Adding a soundcard is not overkill; it is a waste of space. I'm sorry your life is filled with trolls but you should at least open your mind a bit more once in a while.

Yes, I feel that they are only useful if you have a 2 channel micro ATX MB, and want surround.
Although more inputs are not the only way to achieve more immersive sound, its definitely more convenient.
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Mehhhhhhhhhhh

It greatly depends on the circumstances. For instance, lets say someone has the razer carcharias. Maybe they got in on sale for like 50 bucks and it does a good job for what it is. Then yes, buying a sound card might be a bit wasteful.

If one decided to go and buy audio technica ath-ad700s and a mod mic, then something like the asus DGX would be beneficial since you will actually be able to hear the difference between the card and on board since the headphones are more revealing.

Another aspect is the type of game one would be playing. (in fact I believe this was already stated). If someone is playing MMOs, then a sound card is not going to make or break your game play. Even FPS games to a large extent don't need a sound card. To ME, games like Bioshock and skyrim need a sound card. In fact screw sound cards with those games, I would get a dac an amp.

Another thing is that a lot of the higher end headphones need an amp of some type. A asus DGX sound card had a little headphone amp in it. So in some cases, a good sound card is going to be a smarter purchase than it would be to dump as much money into a set of headphones as possible.

Just me 2 cents.

Let me ask you one thing.. why should we trust you?
post #47 of 152
Depends how good your onboard audio is. The positional audio is excellent on my Rampage IV Extreme. Better than my Xonar STX however this is a music oriented sound card, not gaming.

You can definitely play on a high competitive level with on board audio depending on motherboard.

I still recommend getting a sound card though, I love my sound quality wink.gif
    
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Let me ask you one thing.. why should we trust you?

Most of what I have to say comes from personal experience. Buying low cost products on sale, auditioning them, and selling them on ebay for 0 dollar loss. Listening to what some of my friends have. Going to head-fi meets and auditioning equipment. Going to audio shops and auditioning stuff there. Yadda yadda yada.

Quite frankly I didn't say I completely disagreed with you, and your response is kind of odd. Mind telling me EXACTLY what you didn't like about it.
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I don't remember when "We" as gamers actually Needed A soundcard to game, I only wanted one for higher Music quality, It has and never will effect how i play FPS/RTs/Mmorgps

Well, back in the Pentium 4 and days and prior discreet sound cards were pretty popular and in Pentium 3 days and prior some on board didn't even have onboard sound. Pentium 2 and prior most/all boards had no onboard audio.
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cdoublejj, I remember those days when some motherboards didn't even have onboard audio. theres also opinions floating around that with slightly older AMD setups, onboard audio takes a couple FPS off your gaming due to cpu cycles to power the onboard audio.....not sure if there is any truth to that or not. all I know is....my sound quality from my speakers with my standard pci creative card is amazing and blows peoples minds that all that sound is coming from 3 speakers off a pc.
 
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