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post #11 of 18
Let me put this bluntly...

Unless you are a freak when it comes to how your music sounds, and you need/want to control the bass and treble and other slight sound tweaks, then i would say don't worry about it

some integrated REALLY sucks though, so i would say if you don't care about spending a bit on a sound card that won't improve your performance (don't listen to what anyone says) then go for it

it's mostly personal preference though, so it is really up to you

EDIT: X-fi works just fine in Vista. i dont see how everyone still thinks this
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post #12 of 18
i say stick with the onboard. the system load of opnboard vs a dedicated card is way overexagerrated and since you are using a digital connection to your receiver, you are not going to notice much difference (if any) between the onboard and a dedicated card.

only replce the onboard if you are having issues with it, want to use an analog connection, or want some special feature offered by the dedicated card which your onboard cant do.
    
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post #13 of 18
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so I have been looking at the whole X-fi and vista stuff, and ok some like it (no issues) some don't (issues)= end of story

as for controlling treble and bass and what not my receiver does most of that for me no matter what way I go. and I could always hook up analog from the onboard as well, but why would I.

I think I will stay with the onboard till it does something bad. I guess its just a mind set that onboard is bad from a few years back when it really was. things seems better now.

+rep to those that helped in this decision.
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post #14 of 18
Since you're using digital out from your onboard it's not actually doing any audio processing - it simply passes the signal on to the H/K which does the decoding. The Harman probably has as noice a DAC as you'll find in any consumer sound card, so thats why you're probably not missing anything from a music perspective. For games, what the onboard does not give you is any form of EAX or OpenAL processing newer than EAX2.0, which is all of the nice environmental effects and other little ambiance things that can make a game all the more realistic.
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Nah, spend yer money on better things =) Soundcard aint worth the money at all
    
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Originally Posted by dmbjohn View Post
I suppose it would have been better to ask how much of a strain does the onboard really put on the system as opposed to a dedicated card.
Regarding this point, given your processor, it's really a negligible hit anyway you slice it. I'd be much more concerned with what's pleasing to the ears allied to what your ears are listening to. Different requirements are satisfied by differing solutions.
    
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post #17 of 18
Even a wicked cheap card will put out better-quality sound than onboard while taking the load off of the CPU/onboard audio chipset. It doesn't cost much to stick sound processing onto a motherboard and there's a good reason.
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post #18 of 18
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Even a wicked cheap card will put out better-quality sound than onboard while taking the load off of the CPU/onboard audio chipset. It doesn't cost much to stick sound processing onto a motherboard and there's a good reason.

got any benchmarks that show this heavy cpu load you speak of?

and again, he is using digital out to a nice receiver, so he isnt going to see an increase in sound quality like you are claiming.
    
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