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would running a sound card rather than using onboard sound make any difference in system speed? or is there any advantage using a sound card vs onboard?
 
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post #2 of 20
I wouldn't think it would make a difference as the onboard sound is a dedicated chipset - however; I may be wrong!
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You will get a boost in FPS in games and better sound quality
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post #4 of 20
Frostbite is right, you'll get a slight boost in performance as it takes load off the CPU, you'll also have better sound quality.
post #5 of 20
Running a discrete sound card offloads some processing to the card. However, this impact is minor now since current processors are so powerful. You should be able to notice sound quality improvement. If you have a Realtek onboard sound currently, it does NOT truely support EAX. A sound card in that situation would really help game sounds.
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cool, i think i'm going to get the chaintech 7.1 since it's only $20 at newegg. i'm not concerned with having superior sound quality, most of my gaming is done at very very low volume levels and i'm just running 2 $6 speakers. i'm more concerned with overall performance.
 
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I don't think you'd see a whole heap of performance increase with that Opty. As DuckieHo, modern CPUs are so powerful, that the difference is marginal at best.
    
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Chozart Your picture Is so funny LOL
Anyways Frosty Is right I noticed maybe 2 fps Extra And that was about it when i had my 4400
    
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post #9 of 20
I get a noticable boost in performance using a sound card compared to onboard.

With both Audigy 2 and X-Fi.

However, I this was tested on a older DFI board, I have not tested it on my 680i so maybe it varies per motherboard. I got 5-8FPS increase.
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Originally Posted by svtfmook View Post
cool, i think i'm going to get the chaintech 7.1 since it's only $20 at newegg. i'm not concerned with having superior sound quality, most of my gaming is done at very very low volume levels and i'm just running 2 $6 speakers. i'm more concerned with overall performance.
You have decent rig and running only $6 speakers? Time to invest in a cheap 5.1 set up. It does make gaming more immersive and helps you in FPS. Just make sure the Chaintech support EAX.
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