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I was just wondering, if my onboard sound, could be hurting my performance. Because I noticed that sometimes when a game lags up, that the audio goes whacky. Or could it just be the audio drivers? Im using the Realtek onboard audio.
    
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I was just wondering, if my onboard sound, could be hurting my performance. Because I noticed that sometimes when a game lags up, that the audio goes whacky. Or could it just be the audio drivers? Im using the Realtek onboard audio.
Onboard nic cards, onboard video,onboard audio all slow down your machine somewhat because they're using more cpu resources than a dedicated card would. So yes, your onboard audio is slowing your machine down a little bit.
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Do you (or a friend) have a PCI sound card you could throw into your computer to test it? It could be the drivers though so check the manufacturer's website. It could also just be the lag causing the audio problem (which is very likely).
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Onboard nic cards, onboard video,onboard audio all slow down your machine somewhat because they're using more cpu resources than a dedicated card would. So yes, your onboard audio is slowing your machine down a little bit.
But only by the SLIGHTEST.
If your computer is slowing down its not the sound.
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Hey, thanks for the replies, I decided to get a sound card, a Creative Labs S/B Audigy 2 ZS, it should be hear monday. So if the lag isn't from the onboard sound, then what could it be?
    
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I don't know. A site (Guru3d?) had an article and in Halo PC, a dedicated sound card (Audigy 2 ZS) gives you an extra 5 fps or so.
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