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A while ago I was having problems with cracklings sounds on my P5B Deluxe. BIOS upgrades didn't seem to solve it. So I threw in my ancient SoundBlaster Live! PCI card. It's been working like a charm.

I recently upgraded my sound system to a THX certified 5.1 surround sound setup. It's pretty sweet.

Does the p5b deluxe still have these crackling problems? I think I'm not on the latest BIOS update, but the one before that.

And don't say get an X-FI. it's not in my budget. My budget is "work with what I have"

Even without the crackling, is the onboard sound better than the SBLive card?
    
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Onboard is never better than anything aftermarket. The crappiest 20$ soundcard would give you a boost in sound Q. Oh...and I have the Audigy Pro...it still crackles every now and then at lower volumes. Im gonna try to ground my case and see if that helps.
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Stick with the sb live, it offloads chipset and cpu resources of the onboard strictly to the sb live.
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Actually it will degrade cpu performance some, as the aftermarket sound card will support more sounds at one time, creating more of a 'load' for the cpu. Only the high end sound cards with dedicated RAM will help to offload the work, and give a small performance increase.

Onboard sound = 16-32 digital 'tracks' at one time
Soundblaster = 16-32 but with increased sound Q
Soundblaster Audigy gamer = something like 32-64
Soundblaster X-fi Pro = 128 digital 'tracks' at once, with the highest sound Q over the other soundblaster cards.
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Actually it will degrade cpu performance some, as the aftermarket sound card will support more sounds at one time, creating more of a 'load' for the cpu. Only the high end sound cards with dedicated RAM will help to offload the work, and give a small performance increase.

Onboard sound = 16-32 digital 'tracks' at one time
Soundblaster = 16-32 but with increased sound Q
Soundblaster Audigy gamer = something like 32-64
Soundblaster X-fi Pro = 128 digital 'tracks' at once, with the highest sound Q over the other soundblaster cards.
It's not just the dedicated RAM that will increase performance over onboard, most good gaming cards such as the Audigy 2 ZS and the X-Fi have built in processors that take load off the CPU. I don't believe Sound Blaster Live has hardware acceleration, but it's an improvement over onboard I believe.
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A while ago I was having problems with cracklings sounds on my P5B Deluxe. BIOS upgrades didn't seem to solve it. So I threw in my ancient SoundBlaster Live! PCI card. It's been working like a charm.

I recently upgraded my sound system to a THX certified 5.1 surround sound setup. It's pretty sweet.

Does the p5b deluxe still have these crackling problems? I think I'm not on the latest BIOS update, but the one before that.

And don't say get an X-FI. it's not in my budget. My budget is "work with what I have"

Even without the crackling, is the onboard sound better than the SBLive card?
I've had the same problem with my P5B ... only had the onboard sound on for one boot ... after that ... like you ... I've been running the old workhorse SBLive! 5.1 card.

(talk about a shelf life! that sound card's still rocking)

    
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I've had the same problem with my P5B ... only had the onboard sound on for one boot ... after that ... like you ... I've been running the old workhorse SBLive! 5.1 card.

(talk about a shelf life! that sound card's still rocking)

Crazy right? I think this thing has lived in 3 or 4 pcs at this point.

But hey it's 5.1 and my setup sounds pretty good so far with no tweaking. I feel bad for my neighbors
    
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Crazy right? I think this thing has lived in 3 or 4 pcs at this point.

But hey it's 5.1 and my setup sounds pretty good so far with no tweaking. I feel bad for my neighbors
I think it's a great card still; I've almost upgraded on a number of occasions but the 5.1 surround is top notch and it's worked flawlessly for multi-track audio recording (I've got the live drive) and so have always used the money for something else ...

    
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