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Do you wish Motherboards didn't include sound cards?

#41arleasPosted 12/17/2013 10:23:49 PM
On my old computer, the audio wasn't that great, and it relied on my case having a front audio port so I could do 5.1. Because my computer case didn't have a working front audio port, I bought a sound card that would be halfway decent and I made do with that for several years.

My NEW motherboard has good onboard sound (with all the necessary outputs for 5.1 in the back) and so I won't be bothering with a separate sound card.

Basically, unless audio technology takes a huge leap forward with some kind of new sound processing that makes everything sound way better than the onboard sound, there's no real reason for the average gamer to have a sound card.... Video cards are always getting better and they're always finding new ways to push more polygons and stuff, but there really hasn't been anything big in sound cards since EAX... and even that is kinda not that big of a deal.
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#42TheOppositePosted 12/17/2013 10:24:42 PM
I don't think the CPU uses enough power to process audio for it to make a difference.
#43EternalFlame66Posted 12/17/2013 10:32:55 PM
TheOpposite posted...
I don't think the CPU uses enough power to process audio for it to make a difference.


http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u154082/true_audio_3.png

Not a trivial amount.
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#44KamenRiderBlade(Topic Creator)Posted 12/17/2013 10:42:22 PM
EternalFlame66 posted...
TheOpposite posted...
I don't think the CPU uses enough power to process audio for it to make a difference.


http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u154082/true_audio_3.png

Not a trivial amount.


With a dedicated Sound Card, all that extra audio processing can go straight to the Sound Card for better audio without burdening the CPU
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#45EternalFlame66Posted 12/17/2013 10:43:31 PM
KamenRiderBlade posted...
EternalFlame66 posted...
TheOpposite posted...
I don't think the CPU uses enough power to process audio for it to make a difference.


http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u154082/true_audio_3.png

Not a trivial amount.


With a dedicated Sound Card, all that extra audio processing can go straight to the Sound Card for better audio without burdening the CPU


From my understanding, nope, because there is no way the sound card can interface with the game with death of direct sound.
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#46_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 12/18/2013 2:31:25 AM
Hard to answer because I am not sure how much cheaper they would be without the integrated sound.

Also, the onboard sound is getting better and better with every motherboard generation. I already think that the more higher end onboard sound found on some motherboards is really enough to satisfy even fairly demanding consumers.

I have a low end soundcard, and right now, it provides me better sound than I would get from just the motherboard. However, I expect that in a couple of motherboard generations, the sound will be on par or maybe even better than what is produced by my soundcard.
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