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Poll Results: Do you think sound cards are worth it for the price?

 
  • 66% (111)
    Yes, I think they're worth it for their price
  • 33% (56)
    No, I don't think they're worth it for their price
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post #71 of 73
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Originally Posted by Blameless;12886485 
On-board sound in general only supports 32 simultaneous 'voice', even budget oriented sound cards commonly support 128.

Do you know what spec this is listed under? I went onto Realteks ALC889 product page and couldn't find anything that reminded me of that in the specs. Here's the page

http://218.210.127.131/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=28&Level=5&Conn=4&ProdID=173
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Do you know what spec this is listed under? I went onto Realteks ALC889 product page and couldn't find anything that reminded me of that in the specs. Here's the page

http://218.210.127.131/products/prod...n=4&ProdID=173
It's not listed anywhere in the specs provided, but I am almost certain the ALC889 is limited to 32. I have several boards with the ALC889 and apps have reported 32 voice polyphony.

Most games are probably tweaked so that 32 is all you need, or will mix near by sounds into one voice, but I have noticed a huge difference on a few games. I literally cannot play MWLL (a Crysis mod) on my on-board 889 because I can't tell what the hell is going on outside of my immediate field of view. Instead of being able to tell the direction, location, and weapons being used by an enemy mech at a few hundred yards to my rear, I get usually nothing.
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I'd personally go for a dac + amp.
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