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New Rig, PCI for Auzentech X-Fi Prelude?

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Hiya,

I'm finally building a new rig after many years! YAY!!!!

My current build doesn't have a PCI slot.
As a result, I've got an old Auzentech X-Fi Prelude sitting on the shelf.

From what I gather, Auzentech the company is dead?
also
maybe
Daniel K (of Creative driver controversy) has a driver that works for Windows 10? I think? Maybe?


I know the onboard sound has come a long way since the days of the Prelude card.

Is there still any reason to use if if I'm not going for ASIO and DAC?



I'm an audio enthusiast, but not a crazy audiophile.

Any thoughts?
thanks!
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The PCI interface is legacy. No iterations of new intel chipsets (after the 7 series) support PCI. So, boards using newer chipsets either lack PCI slots completely, or they use physical PCI slots connected to a PCI<->PCIe bridge, which adds latency and creates issues with sound cards.

Onboard audio codecs are fine nowadays, so unless your motherboard has really bad emi shielding there's no reason to use a sound card, unless you want specific features missing from your onboard audio. What kind of features you may ask? The kind of features that you would already know if you had need for them.
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