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Benefits of a Sound Card?

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  1. Wingo101

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    Hey guys,

    Can someone please explain the benefits a Sound Card provides over onboard sound?
     
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    Normally better sound, offloading the CPU out of sound processing, etc...
     
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    It depends on your budget/mobo/CPU as to whether or not it provides any benefits. Both mine and my dad's machine use onboard, it sounds so much better than his Creative Audigy SE, and with today's CPU's they dont even bat an eye lid. With your setup, the only thing you could possibly gain is a bit of added clarity.
     
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    I do miss my optical output. I was thinking of getting an ASUS Xonar.

    Any other benefits?
     
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    Bump
     
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    More db's!!! Louder is better.;)
     
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    I just sold my Creative X-Fi because I couldn't really tell the difference between onboard.. I only have a stereo headset tho.
     
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    They are probablly very comparable, though I would get the Asus, people seem to like those.
     
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    What about the EAX? ASUS only supports EAX 1 & 2, Creative supports 5?
     
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    man get a Xfi prelude, cost a bit more but an xfi prelude will get the job done.
     
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    I can't get Auzentech in South Africa.
     
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    ah that is so disappointing.
     
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    Tell me about it... :shadedshu
     
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    What do you guys think?
     
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    I think EAX is a marketing gimmick.
     
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    Is the one you already have not good enough? I currently have an X-fi xtreme music, dont notice difference compared to the onboard Realtek, apart from actually having some of the X-Fi features on such as the crystalliser.

    I would however consider getting an ASUS Xonar card because it sounds good with all this HD audio stuff i wont be surprised if games start using this HD audio tech. But i would only consider if i somehow didnt end up getting the Bloodrage that comes with an X-fi sonar card which is like realtek/x-fi which sounds good as its a mixture of both worlds.
     
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    I took out my Razer sound card when I switched to Vista 64 bit, the Razer card does not fully support Vista 64 bit.
     
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    creative and 64 bit does not play well together .....
    at least that is the case for me

    another pro is that you can record from your speakers, aka "what U hear"
     
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    Why, what's your problem?
     
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    I have seen countless posts where guys have problems with Vista and Creative cards.
    Somebody actually wrote working drivers, but he got a cease and desist order from Creative.

    Basically, the Creative may work better with games, while the Asus has the better sound quality. Then again, onboards are getting better all the time.
     
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    If you get a card get ASUS. I didn't enjoy my creative Vista drivers at all.
     
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    Ill tell you your conclusion before this turns into a topic of different opinions being thrown into a box. There has always been discussions about Onboard vs Sound Cards, and generally the conclusion is something like;

    If your an audio freak and like perfect audio etc, get it
    If you like the sound of the features on the card like the XRAM/Crystalliser/CMSS-3D, get it.
    If you have money that you wont get angry about losing if you dont notice a difference, get it.
    If you dont really have the money for it or dont see it a worthy price to pay for something that has been debatable for years, dont get it.

    Hope This Helps! :)

    EDIT: I just read and remembered that there has been countless complaints about Creative's Support and 64bit drivers seems to be one of them?
     

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