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Whats up everyone. Ive been using this motherboard and am happy with it, but I have noticed that my system doesnt perform upto its specs when
facing a cpu intensive game.
I was told that the onboard soundcard on these mother boards ,ac97codec, alc850, is very cpu intensive and takes out alot of the juice from your cpu.
My question is, I want to get a soundcard that has the LEAST AMOUNT of cpu requirements and leaves my computer to do other things. Will a soundblaster be adequate? (i dont know any late models but i do plan on getting the latest one from the store). Will it be less demanding than the onboard sound?
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Whats up everyone. Ive been using this motherboard and am happy with it, but I have noticed that my system doesnt perform upto its specs when
facing a cpu intensive game.
I was told that the onboard soundcard on these mother boards ,ac97codec, alc850, is very cpu intensive and takes out alot of the juice from your cpu.
My question is, I want to get a soundcard that has the LEAST AMOUNT of cpu requirements and leaves my computer to do other things. Will a soundblaster be adequate? (i dont know any late models but i do plan on getting the latest one from the store). Will it be less demanding than the onboard sound?
The ac97 at most takes 3-5% of cpu usage under load. As far as a good sound card I would suggest The X-fi Extreme music. Excellent quality sound card, phenomenmal sound quality and a reasonable price at $114.99 .
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When I disabled the onboard sound on my mobo (same as yours) for an Audigy 2 ZS, I did pick up about a 5% boost in performance in benchmarks. It wasn't a major boost, but it was a nice little bump in the right direction.
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