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Only reason why most (I think) buy a sound card is the improved sound quality vs other sound cards and on board sound.

To me, it doesn't make sense to buy a sound card for improved FPS in games. Would not be able to justify a purchase.
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Only reason why most (I think) buy a sound card is the improved sound quality vs other sound cards and on board sound.

To me, it doesn't make sense to buy a sound card for improved FPS in games. Would not be able to justify a purchase.
Pretty much. Back then you could have gained around 5FPS with a dedicated sound card. Nowadays you won't really gain anything and I have seen that you actually get less with them. A trivial loss, but a loss nonetheless.
    
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Pretty much. Back then you could have gained around 5FPS with a dedicated sound card. Nowadays you won't really gain anything and I have seen that you actually get less with them. A trivial loss, but a loss nonetheless.
My goal was to find a sound card with the best mix of the two (sound quality and performance). PCI-E cards were out of question since my motherboard is ancient, as is my rig. Gaining a few extra FPS for me is vital, this PC is still bearable for gaming. I figured it'd be a somewhat more interesting comparison between a driver only on-board chip, part driver part hardware accelerated sound card and a card with full hardware post-processing capabilities. Though I get why anyone would decide to stick with their on-board I still think the next time I'm building a gaming rig (which shouldn't be too far off now) I will go with at least a mid-range dedicated sound card over on-board, even though the on-board audio is way less hassle to get working right.
    
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