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Originally Posted by Rand Al'Thor;12275316 
go 4 it. It's not that bad of card. It's better than an onboard 4 sure.

Really? Even if the sample rate of my onboard is higher than the Audigy?
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post #12 of 17
what's the onboard sound chip of your motherboard? EVGA fails in that it doesn't state it at all, even on the official website.
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Originally Posted by Shigshwa;12276094 
Really? Even if the sample rate of my onboard is higher than the Audigy?

Sound card sample rates really don't matter past 44.1 kHz. Standard audio CDs are recorded at 44.1 kHz. Upsampling and oversampling of a 44.1 kHz audio source yields negligible gains in terms of overall audio quality. Since the Nyquist rate of the audible frequencies of the human ear is 40kHz (assuming the standard 20 kHz peak frequency heard by the human ear), anything above that really doesn't help all that much.

The reason the cheap sound card should do better than the onboard is because it has its own digital signal processor (DSP), own digital-to-analog (DAC) chip, and its own power circuitry to feed signal to your output devices where as onboard audio uses one codec chip for all of that. Onboard audio is more susceptible to noise issues and I've never heard onboard that has ever come close to a decent dedicated sound card in audio quality.
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post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;12276200 
Sound card sample rates really don't matter past 44.1 kHz. Standard audio CDs are recorded at 44.1 kHz. Upsampling and oversampling of a 44.1 kHz audio source yields negligible gains in terms of overall audio quality. Since the Nyquist rate of the audible frequencies of the human ear is 40kHz (assuming the standard 20 kHz peak frequency heard by the human ear), anything above that really doesn't help all that much.

The reason the cheap sound card should do better than the onboard is because it has its own digital signal processor (DSP), own digital-to-analog (DAC) chip, and its own power circuitry to feed signal to your output devices where as onboard audio uses one codec chip for all of that. Onboard audio is more susceptible to noise issues and I've never heard onboard that has ever come close to a decent dedicated sound card in audio quality.

Repped. Very helpful.
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I used one in my 939 rig and the wife uses one in her's its a nice enough card, I would have probably used it again if I had the pci slot available. Def wont hurt to try it
    
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Worth a shot. Why not try and compare?
 
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post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by 8ight;12276465 
Worth a shot. Why not try and compare?

When I get home I will... in 3 hours. mad.gif
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