Originally Posted by kiwiasian
my motherboard has onboard audio with 7.1 out, optical out, and coaxial out.
so what is the point of a sound card?
i've heard some say it makes the sound quality better. elaborate please?
Your onboard audio solution requires more cpu usage. Dedicated sound cards have their own processing to take away some workload off of the cpu. Some dedicated sounds cards can decode audio extensions that your onboard solution has to ignore (EAX 5.0) and they can also produce 128 simultaneous sounds. Add to that more tweaking options, possible DD or DTS streaming, possible to mod, etc and you can see some differences. I, for one, always add a sound card to any gaming build.