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User Info: arleas

arleas
3 years ago#41
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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User Info: TheOpposite

TheOpposite
3 years ago#42
I don't think the CPU uses enough power to process audio for it to make a difference.

User Info: EternalFlame66

EternalFlame66
3 years ago#43
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

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User Info: KamenRiderBlade

KamenRiderBlade
3 years ago#44
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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User Info: EternalFlame66

EternalFlame66
3 years ago#45
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.
Such is your fate.

User Info: _GRIM_FANDANGO_

_GRIM_FANDANGO_
3 years ago#46
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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