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Back in January, we lamented the death of the sound card in a column. We speak with more users every day who simply use motherboard audio instead of buying a discrete sound card. Motherboard audio is far from perfect, of course. Implementations on low-cost motherboards can be quite noisy, even to the point of audible unpleasantness.


On the other hand, integrated audio has become markedly better on premium motherboards. The motherboard designers have become savvier about EMI and other noise issues inside the PC case. The potential for electromagnetic interference inside a modern PC, with its multitudes of high megahertz and gigahertz chips, is pretty hostile to clean audio, but it's much better than a few years ago.
Perhaps the ultimate expression of integrated audio isn't really integrated: the PCI Express x1 card shipped with some premium ASUS motherboards. Fully shielded and relatively easy to install, it looks pretty substantial.
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i would get that little sound card but it doesn't even have a SPDIF coaxial or optical. i think i'll just stick to my onboard for now.
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