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onboard lan vs lan card and onboard sound vs sound card.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by spectre440, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. spectre440 New Member

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    i use an epox 8kda3j board on my system (socket 754, nforce 3 250gb set).
    ever since i built this system of mine (which was about half a year ago) i've been using my old system's pci lan card (a 3com card) instead of the onboard 1gbe lan, and my old system's sound pci sound card (some old creative card...) instead of the onboard 8.1ch audio.

    now, what im asking is, is this wise?
    does this make my system perform less efficently?
    would it be wiser for me to use the onboard stuff instead or the old stuff? (it probably would, but i still feel like asking)

    my system now works pefectly fine, and it will probably work perfectly fine if i do the switch, im just thinking if its worth the hassle?

    now regarding to the 8.1ch audio, it really dosent matter, since i only have a pair of smallish speakers and a rather weak sub i pathced together. and i dont intend to replace that anytime soon. so what im asking is basically, would my system's overall performance be improved if i used the onboard sound instead of this old pci card?
    same pretty much goes for the lan card/onboard lan issue. i dont run a lan, and im only using this lan card as a connection between the computer and my adsl switch/router.

    err.... i've rambled long enough about this...

    feedback, please. :)
     
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    I don't think it really matters with the onboard lan. If anything its better cause your not using more power with an add on card. But with sound, the onboard stuff usally ins't that great. If you put a Creative Agility 2 ZS, its going to out perform almost everything you throw at it. I use onboard lan, and it works great for me. But a add on sound card, if you get a good one that is, is way better than onboard.

    -Dan
     
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    hm the onboard lan might be better but on sound you should check yourself maybe with rightmark??
     
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    Any onboard peripherals will take up more CPU resources because some part of them will eventually be using the clocks of the CPU.

    An add-in card will almost always sport their own processing chip (the only exceptions were the software and hardware 56k modems they had oh-so-many years ago).
     

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