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I have: a DFI LANParty UT P35 T2R using the Bernstein module with that came with the motherboard, a DFI LANParty DK P35 T2RS using the sound that came with the motherboard..... but I also have a Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS soundcard.

With the evolution of onboard audio, do I need to put this card in? I know 5 years ago it would be easy to pick installing the sound card.

I'm not an audiofile, but if I won't notice the difference in CPU and sound quality, I won't install it.

Please let me know what you think.
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I'd go ahead and use the Audigy. Onboard sound has improved leaps and bounds over the last few years, though it still can be very noisy and prone to stuttering.
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I would be really curious to hear the Bernstein module, you are in a good posistion to let the rest of know what the diff is.
Try them both, and let us know what you like better.
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listen for 'whispers'.. like hissing noises from the onboard sound.. and im sure you wont hear any from the Audigy 2ZS
    
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Any sound card is better than on board.
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I found this, but some of the numbers I don't understand....

"The series is equipped with this brand new “Bernstein Audio” module. In fact, the board's designer uses a new way to generate this module. For easier installation, designer moved this module close to “PCI slots area” for easy to mount in PCI bracket. Second, it obtains a perfect noise reduction than Karajan's. As all we know, no matter Pro-gamers or power users who used to enjoy music and movie with their PCs must have highly requests about the quality of their audio output device. Hence, how much the noise can be reduced is what they concerned about in high priority. DFI's Bernstein audio module is intents to improve this kind of issue; it uses a unique way to separate the “signal” of audio module and motherboard, which makes the electric interfere of audio output decrease to minimum level.

Bernstein audio adopts Realtek ALC885 high definition codec. It is certified by Microsoft Vista Premium. In addition, ALC885 features a DAC SNR of 106dB and ADC SNR of 101dB. Then, the codec also supports sampling at highest 192 KHz, 10 DAC channels, 3 Stereo ADC channels (7.1 + 2 channels) and 24bit PCM. Besides, it provides “Full-rate Lossless Content Protection Codec”, which's able to decrypt Content Protection for HD-DVD in the future, if not; the sound quality of DVD will be a step lower than the standard."

-from: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=35365


Does this compare to a separate sound card? it sounds like it can.



BTW: It's not traditional onboard.
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Any sound card is better than on board.
Quit talking out of your butt.
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I found this, but some of the numbers I don't understand....

"The series is equipped with this brand new “Bernstein Audio” module. In fact, the board's designer uses a new way to generate this module. For easier installation, designer moved this module close to “PCI slots area” for easy to mount in PCI bracket. Second, it obtains a perfect noise reduction than Karajan's. As all we know, no matter Pro-gamers or power users who used to enjoy music and movie with their PCs must have highly requests about the quality of their audio output device. Hence, how much the noise can be reduced is what they concerned about in high priority. DFI's Bernstein audio module is intents to improve this kind of issue; it uses a unique way to separate the “signal” of audio module and motherboard, which makes the electric interfere of audio output decrease to minimum level.

Bernstein audio adopts Realtek ALC885 high definition codec. It is certified by Microsoft Vista Premium. In addition, ALC885 features a DAC SNR of 106dB and ADC SNR of 101dB. Then, the codec also supports sampling at highest 192 KHz, 10 DAC channels, 3 Stereo ADC channels (7.1 + 2 channels) and 24bit PCM. Besides, it provides “Full-rate Lossless Content Protection Codec”, which's able to decrypt Content Protection for HD-DVD in the future, if not; the sound quality of DVD will be a step lower than the standard."

-from: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=35365


Does this compare to a separate sound card? it sounds like it can.
BTW: It's not traditional onboard.
Those are very good specs. I have noticed on my newer mobos that have HD audio I like the onboard sound MUCH better than the old stuff.

There are tons of things to factor in, speakers, outboard amps,headset and on and on. Also with new multi core CPUs the onboard sound dosent hurt performance like before.

If you have it try it first, I bet you like it.
(PS: the Audigy that you have is over 4 years old)
post #9 of 12
Well, I have the Audigy 2 ZS, and I highly, highly, highly recommend using it if you got it. I see no point in hesitating.

I mean, onboard audio is still onboard audio (not that I have enough experience to know whether or not it is better than the Audigy 2 ZS).

I say, give it a shot. What do you have to lose, but time?
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Originally Posted by dleccord View Post
Quit talking out of your butt.
I'm confused by where you are going with this.

Per Eureka's comment, a dedicated sound card will be better than on board in most situations.
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