Originally Posted by John Doe
Why is the Sandy chip tested at 4.2 against the 4.5 of the Gulftown? In reality, we all know the Sandy chip has more OC'ing potential, and the Westmere has more capacity per-clock. Hence, Sandy makes up for it from it's high clocks as well as lower TDP.
Also, the sound card part is bull. You don't "need" a sound card no matter how much of a gamer you are. I had a SoundMAX onboard riser off an old Abit board; with Matsushita (Panasonic) fine-Gold caps. It rocked through anything. Directsound HAL is dead as well as EAX to a point.
Even then, a good onboard solution can render through software just as good, if not better. It all comes down on component selection. Hardware or software doesn't matter at this time and date. That "You need a sound card!" or "Sound card makes you HEAR DIFFERENT THINGS!" myth has to die already. We aren't in 2003 with crappy AC97's anymore.
I have to agree with you on the no sound card thing.