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CPU Usage of X-Fi vs onboard sound

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Decent article on hardware accelerated sound vs onboard sount

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Anyway, that net speed gain is equal to pushing the CPU by another whole speed grade - like 3.33 to 3.66GHz for instance, but without the heat and stability penalties of that higher speed grade - if you can get to it, at all.
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looks like a good incentive to switch, for those of us still hanging onto onboard audio.. if it's true.
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post #3 of 22
Not to mention the huge audio quality gain.
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God, I love my X-fi.
    
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Originally Posted by Namrac View Post
Not to mention the huge audio quality gain.
Exactly.

Never again will I use onboard after using this Xtremegamer.
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looks like i need to change to a quality soundcard..
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-ponders following through w/ X-Fi Elite purchase-
    
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:gasp:! TheInq!

Good article nonetheless, thanks.
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post #9 of 22
Those of us in the flight sim community have known this for a long time. Flight sims are more cpu bound than most other games so we struggle to free up every cpu cycle we can and for a long time the easiest and best bang for buck upgrade has been a soundcard with it's own APU.
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post #10 of 22
I've known and been a proponent of the overhead cost of onboard sound for years. I wish motherboard manf would issue boards without onboard sound - period and use the space for an extra pci slot for a decent solution.

Leave onboard sound on low end integrated boards for workstations and budget systems but the premium boards should have as little crap as possible.

I'm also not a fan of:

integrated wi-fi (my laptop is wi-fi but why should my desktop that I don't move be as well?)

built in remote control options (only of use for home theatres)

firewire (I have 2 digital cameras and a digital video recorder and I still dont need firewire)

dual gigabyte nics (2? For server boards maybe)

heatpipe/passive cooling on chipsets. Geez just put a copper sink and a fan on them!

I'm still out on e-sata. I can sort of see the benefit in you are moving data around but large memory sticks are so cheap its almost kind of moot at this point.
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