Not asking about sound quality because that'd be obvious, but about the game quality/performance. The reasoning is that onboard sound will be generated through cpu/motherboard and hence 'rob' those resources from the game? What I mean (sorry I can't explain myself well today ) is for a game like Oblivion will it run better with a soundcard because that pcb will be taking care of the sound? In the same way that a game would run better with a video card because the video card's gpu and ram would be used instead of other resources? Or wouldn't it make a significant/noticeable difference?