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Do you wish Motherboards didn't include sound cards?

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2 years ago#1
Do you want a motherboard without a included soundcard? - Results (143 votes)
Yes! I'd rather save money and buy the sound card I want
19.58% (28 votes)
28
No! Onboard is good enough
80.42% (115 votes)
115
This poll is now closed.
Since almost all motherboards include onboard sound as a default, alot of times that just includes a piece of technology that is more often than not badly implemented and of low quality, ergo wasting money and adding in a piece of hardware that is bound to get replaced by a discrete sound card.

What would you folks rather have?

Personally, I wish they never included onboard sound cards, ergo save the end user some money and let me buy the sound card I want.
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2 years ago#2
My motherboard (Asrock Z68 Extreme4) puts out very decent sound with its onboard hardware but perhaps I'm not all that discerning either. I'm guessing I fall into the majority.
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2 years ago#3
Onboard sound hasn't been poor quality for a long time.
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2 years ago#4
Onboard quality varies for me. The Sigmatel chipset in my old Intel Badaxe pumps out music better than Realtek does. I think I would have to get a RIVE motherboard for good onboard sound.
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2 years ago#5
Depends on just how much money it'd save.
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2 years ago#6
it probably costs them like 2 bucks
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2 years ago#7
TC are you serious about this topic? You will save money if they didnt include it on the mobo? Are you serious? Stupid topic is stupid.
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2 years ago#8
Definitely prefer them with, I'm a big fan of mITX which wouldn't have room for a dedicated card, I'd have to go with USB or something. That being said most (all?) onboard audio runs through the CPU so I doubt the cost is anything substantial. I imagine it's more software than hardware with the only hardware being the actual audio jacks.
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2 years ago#9
I am not sure, the ALC 1150 chip on newer motherboards is quite good, and upgraded versions of it are even better. Only hardcore audiophile would spend $200 on a good soundcard.
2 years ago#10
Even a $30 Xonar DG is typically better than most onboard sound cards, so I'd have to say I'd prefer that most motherboards not come with them, at least higher end ones.
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