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Question regarding sound cards and microphones.

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Thread Starter 
Maybe this has been asked and if so, sorry for wasting your time.

On my desktop i have an integrated Realtek on my motherboard.
My laptop is an Alienware 17 R3 and has Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di sound card.

When my microphone (3.5mm) is plugged into the desktop, the sound is very quiet and boosting it in the properties creates a lot of noise. Going through the Realtek software and activating all the "enhancements" does next to nothing at clearing up the sound or boosting the volume without quality loss.

When the same microphone is plugged into the Alienware laptop the sound is the exact same as when plugged into the desktop, but when i go through the software for the sound card and turn on the enhancements (notice the lack of quotations), the sound clears right up, volume is the same, but at least there is no background noise or static.

Here's my questions:
1. Is there a real difference between the hardware of both these sound cards/integrated cards or is it the software that makes the difference?
2. If i wanted to get the same quality on my desktop, is there a software that i can download or buy to clear up the quality of the sound or should i get a good sound card?

Thank you very much.
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Thread Starter 
Couldn't find an edit button.

Forgot to mention this is on windows 8.1 and the audio is for gaming, so live.
post #3 of 3
The integrated is, most likely, not shielded as well/at all, compared to the Sound Blaster. A proper sound card is always better, but there is only so much you can do when using digital gain.
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