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Creative SoundBlaster 128PCI vs. Intel High Defintion Audio 7.1

Casheti

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I have Intel HD Audio 7.1, and I have an old Creative SoundBlaster 128PCI lying around, and I was wondering if the SoundBlaster might help my performance in games? Surely it would, because it takes a strain off of the processor. Any suggestion greatly appreciated.
 
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keep the onboard HD sound, the pci128 isnt worth it,
 

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Casheti said:
Well, are you sure?
Absolutely sure. If you want a no onboard sound card you'll have to look for the new 24-bit live or audigy 2 and above.
 

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I do not think anyone tested one against the other. Although I would *think* HD Audio should perform better it is possible you get better fps with a dedicated card.

Try it for yourself in a few games. Putting card in should not take you more then 5 minutes and XP should have a driver for it already. Just make sure you disable onboard sound in BIOS.
 

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Ah, but see here man, my stupid case is only Micro-ATX, and there are 2 PCI cards taking up the slots, and I dont even know WTF they are. They just came with the comp.
 

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I dont even know WTF they are.
Look in device manager or download a diagnostic program. You could even post pictures and someone might recognize them. It's probably a good idea to know what's in your computer ;)
 

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Trouble is I can never upload pictures. My intenet is too slow. And I have a 5MP camera, so they are too good quality, therefore bigger file sizes.
 
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What type of connections do the PCI cards have on their I/O sheilds? e.g. firewire, USB, Coax, ethernet, DVI/VGA... etc.

Keep the onboard sound for now, it's almost certainly better than an older SoundBlaster, but I a more recent Soundblaster would be nice.
 

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Well, one has ethernet, and its an Incredibly small card, and I found out the other was my built in TV Tuner. So, seeing as I dont use that ethernet port, can I just yank that s**t up outta there?
 

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Could be a plan Stan. ;)
 

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Go right ahead as long as you don't need it.