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That's because there isn't a difference thumb.gif rare to see a pair of ears that knows what it's hearing. Keep that up, never tell anyone what you should be hearing.
Are you saying that dmasteR is wrong, that there should be no difference between onboard and dedicated in terms of sound quality?
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Are you saying that dmasteR is wrong, that there should be no difference between onboard and dedicated in terms of sound quality?

Most likely not a big one, except in certain special cases (low impedance headphones and big difference in output impedance between the cards).

Get a switch and wire your headphone to both, ask your friend to change between sources so that you don't know which one is playing, and you'll see how little the difference is. There's a very good reason why professionals and studios don't bother doing AD/DA conversion inside the computer chassis. Me and several other people in the audio and live music business I've had the privilege of talking to have not heard a serious improvement or any improvement at all when we've discussed audio interfaces.
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Advances in audio are extremely slow, hell there's stuff from the 90's which is still considered high-end today.

I think my Xonar STX will probably last me till....it dies...I guess? tongue.gif (if it ever dies)
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Honestly, I can only notice the difference between a 320 Kbps & 128 Kbps. Anything less than 192 kbps is crap IMO & I'm no audiophile tongue.gif
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Those FPS numbers are completely useless...no one is ever going to notice a difference between 54 and 56 FPS...


The real question is does it sound better. Honestly I've never really noticed any major differences between on-board audio and dedicated cards :/ At least not enough to justify another $130 (or way more in some cases) addition to a build.

Plus it's more more heat, less airflow, more cables, for a card that gets buried under/in between some giant GFX cards.

Same here. I use a nice pair of speakers, but with or without a soundcard my bass sounded muddied. Maybe it will be different now that I have a higher-end intel board, but I dunno, when I played games on my last setup whether or not I used the soundcard the bass sounded the same, muddled and not that great, and I use a pair of M audio av-40s.
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Now I don't own a Xonar sound card (at least not yet), but supposedly these are much better drivers:
http://maxedtech.com/

Phoebus not supported guiltysmiley.gif
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I'm a derp. tongue.gif
 
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