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Poll Results: Off-Board sound card worth it?

 
  • 88% (62)
    Yes
  • 11% (8)
    No
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post #11 of 38
Yes. They are worth the purchase.
1. Better sound quality
2. Instead of an on-board sound card taking up resources, the sound card takes care of all that and that can increase your system performance a little.
I've found all this from my personal experience. After I got mine, I noticed a definite improvement.
post #12 of 38
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I have a speaker system from like 4 years ago though, so I don't think I'd get too much benefit out of a better sound card.
post #13 of 38
well it depends on how well you like your audio to be. if you have the latest speakers, and the best headphones anyone can buy, then onboard wont do no good. a sound card is good if you really want to top of the line system and you love hearing the smallest of details through your $100000 headphones.
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post #14 of 38
Rarely.

1) If you have nice speakers or headphones (like $200+ ones)

2) If you want that extra couple FPS in games

3) And obviously if you do any recording a sound card is a must since they have much less noise interference from the rest of the system.
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post #15 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by badreligion156 View Post
well it depends on how well you like your audio to be. if you have the latest speakers, and the best headphones anyone can buy, then onboard wont do no good. a sound card is good if you really want to top of the line system and you love hearing the smallest of details through your $100000 headphones.
It doesn't take the absolute best speakers to hear a difference. My 2.1 Altec Lansing set sound WAY different with a decent sound card.
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post #16 of 38
As others have said, it depends how good the equipment you are playing the sound through is.

When i started my current build, i noticed that the mobo had onboard sound, touted as being HD surround with optical.
So i thought i'd give it a go, and let my brother have the soundcard with my old system (SB Audigy).

As soon as i started listening to music, I noticed an intermittant crackling.
I tried updating drivers, tweaking settings, but in the end, i had to keep the Audigy, because the sound out of that, was leaps and bounds ahead in terms of stable and reliable sound.

not only that, but i found out that an optical connection would not have made
my games surround sound.
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post #17 of 38
Depends what you are in too.

If you like high quality sound for music Dvd's and games then off board is a yes. If your not bothered then on board is for you.
post #18 of 38
Dude for 30 bucks you can get a card that will literally amaze you. I am not even kidding.
    
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post #19 of 38
Only cards with hardware acceleration have any affect on your system. The audigy 2 doesn't do anything like that, I think, nor does the x-fi audio, but other x-fi's do.

Might be wrong.

Anyhow. Yeah, you will definitely notice a difference. Even a Soundblaster Live! card is better than onboard.
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post #20 of 38
Having a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1s, I would never hook them up to onboard sound. It would be blasphemy.
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