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So what benefits are there, if any, of going from onboard sound to a dedicated sound card? Keep in mind I have $50 speakers, no sub, and they sound just fine to me.
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None.

You would need better speakers to get use out of it.

If anything it might be a con for you since it'd only be draining power if you get one that is PCI-E and it'd be wasting a slot and making your rig probably a degree or so warmer.

But with better speakers, I guarantee you quality improvement in sound. Especially with FLAC files for songs.

Also if you're using low bitrate MP3s, you won't notice sound quality at all even with better speakers probably.

Up your speakers, up your music file type. Then you'll hear the difference with a sound card.

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Edited by Simca - 5/25/10 at 9:27am
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No noticeable offloading of sound processing from the cpu during games and such? I would think cpu utilization would be less.
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post #4 of 40
if you are using a P4HT mobo board, definitely a sound card do make difference... but the newer realtek ALC889 etc, are still able to compare with x-fi... only x-fi have the edge due to their 'crystalizer'
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Well, a slight performance boost as audio processing is put onto the soundcard hardware and not CPU. Also, better quality components lead to a better sound, although this is often more apparent in headphones than speakers. Also, the ability to run hardware accelerated sound in games for better audio and performance.
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Keep in mind sound cards also lower FPS in game compared to onboard sound if you're a gamer. So I see that as more of a con than a pro.
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meh the onboard is fine.
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post #8 of 40
Agreed with first response. No gain, really. If you had surround sound speakers it'd be good to have a card maybe. My board has surround built in anyways so it wouldn't benefit even then.

Don't do it. Totally not worth it.
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post #9 of 40
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Keep in mind sound cards also lower FPS in game compared to onboard sound if you're a gamer. So I see that as more of a con than a pro.
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Keep in mind sound cards also lower FPS in game compared to onboard sound if you're a gamer. So I see that as more of a con than a pro.
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