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post #11 of 29
No. The point is to not use system ram. But hey, so does onboard and it sound crappier. So just use the SB Live.
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If you look at the specs then your onboard will be better i guess.....The main problem with onboard audio is the noise,not that the specs are bad........You cant always compare audio with specs.....
    
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So basically I may not see any better performance with this card, but an increase in sound quality is likely(without loss of performance)?
    
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The live does take some load off the CPU so u might get a tiny performance increase also since you have a X2 3600.......You will notice the improvement on quality depending on the speakers you have....
    
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Depends on the on-board.

I have a pretty standard Realtek HD codec, and overall, it's a decent bit better than an SB Live! (I've got one). CPU usage is probably a touch less on my on-board as well (creatives drivers really aren't that great, esp for the older cards). Most modern soundcards will easily out do them both however.
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post #16 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by budgetgamer View Post
THis is good ? loaded to system RAM cant be good...
The Realtek Onboard has:

High-performance CODEC with high S/N ratio (>90 dB)
18-bit ADC and 20-bit DAC resolution
Compliant with AC'97 2.2 specifications
18-bit stereo full-duplex CODEC with independent and variable sampling rate
4 analog line-level stereo inputs with 5-bit volume control: LINE_IN, CD, VIDEO, AUX
2 analog line-level mono inputs: PC_BEEP, PHONE_IN
Mono output with 5-bit volume control
Stereo output with 5-bit volume control
6 channel slot selectable DAC output for multi-channel applications
2 MIC inputs, which are software selectable
Power management capabilities
3D Stereo enhancement
Embedded 50mW/20ohm OP at front LINE output
External amplifier power down capability
Digital S/PDIF output
Digital S/PDIF input (ALC650 Rev. E or later)
No external crystal/clock required
Supports 1 general purpose I/O pin
Power supply: digital: 3.3V; analog: 5V/3.3V
Standard 48-pin LQFP package

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Your PCI:

Bit Depth: 16-bit
Max. Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Audio Amplifier: Integrated
Sound Synthesis Method: E-mu Systems • Wavetable
EMU10K1 audio processor with 1,000+MIPS and two million transistors
32-bit, 192 db, 48kHz using 8-point interpolation
256 voice capability
SoundFont technology to load samples from 2MB to 32MB into system RAM for music playback

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Personally, i would go with the PCI.
edit:
Quote:
This is inaccurate and meaningless.
Indeed.

The ONLY way to be really sure is to check how your system runs while playing back music (regular mp3). Check with the PCI and the Onboard.

Also, remember to disable the onboard if you chose the PCI.
    
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post #17 of 29
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Your PCI has 32Bit support while the onboard only has 18-20
This is inaccurate and meaningless.
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Audio Chipset Realtek ALC655
My Onboard
I think...
    
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Go with the Live!
    
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Gonna give the PCI card a try... Thanks everyone for your replies. +rep for all
    
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