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This isn't your ordinary query about the two... and I'm asking for some help from the knowledgeable "elders" or audio gurus. Here's my situation: I have a Asus PC-DL Deluxe that I'm currently using the onboard sound, however I took apart an older computer that has a Creative Ensoniq Audio PCI 5200 Sound Card (4001045901)... since I really don't know much about this stuff, would I be better off sticking with my onboard sound, or throwing this card in and using it? Here's a link (if it helps) to find out about my onboard sound:
"AI AUDIO (6-channel digital audio): AI series motherboards employed the world's first intelligent audio CODEC. The 6-channel AD1985 audio CODEC automatically detects and identifies what types of peripherals are plugged into the audio I/O jacks and notifies users of inappropriate connection, meaning there will be no more confusion of Line-in, Line-out and Mic jacks."
http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1...04&modelmenu=1

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I wouldn't be able to tell you much about the sound quality difference between the two, but the sound care will take load off the CPU.

Looking at your rig, I doubt you're worried about your CPU, so just test it out and see can you tell a difference. Again, if you can't tell the difference, might as well keep onboard (better airflow), but if you can, keep the card.
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Well here is the thing, onboard sound is fine to just get that, sound. I'm not saying it's bad, but what your dilemma is, is that you have a new motherboard vs. and old soundcard. I think this might be the only time I would say to stick with the onboard sound.

But like the reply above me says, you are running dual Xeon CPU's, so I think just buying a new soundcard in general would help out. I hate to sound biased but take a look at Creative's selection of cards, they are really amazing with sound quality. Their whole thing is the crystalizer which basically tries to repair the damage of the soundwave caused by compression.

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