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Thread: A search for sound (Sound card options)

  1. #1
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    Nov 2007

    Question A search for sound (Sound card options)

    I'm putting a together a new machine of the gaming variety but a lot of
    things have changed since the last time I did this. For instance I've heard
    that the onboard sound on most motherboards is now at the same level as
    an additional sound card used to be. And thus I ask:

    Which audio solution should I go for?

    1) Use the onboard sound on the Asus P7H55-M PRO Socket 1156 Intel H55
    Chipset motherboard's onboard audio '8 Channel HD Audio'.

    2) Snag an old but cheap Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Surround
    Sound Card PCI.

    3) Or a Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio 7.1 PCI Sound Card.

    I've read that the X-FI Xtreme Audio does not contain the EMU20K1
    chipset (... not sure what that is though) used by the rest of the X-FI
    series. And that it is based on the same chipset as the Audigy SE,
    Audigy Value and SB Live! 24-bit. Does that mean I'd be better off just
    going with the cheaper Audigy?

    Both sound cards are PCI not the PCI-e version. I'm not sure if that
    will effect the overall speed of my machine, I'd hate to somehow
    bottleneck it with the soundcard.

    Since the Motherboard I'm using only has 1 PCI-E x16 Slot I'm stuck
    using a PCI sound card if not the onboard... that and the cheapest
    PCI-E card I can find is the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI TITANIUM which
    is about $100 in the stores I'm visiting. (A bit higher then I was hoping to spend
    on sound right now.)

    Also. just out of curiosity has anyone heard anything good or otherwise
    about USB sound cards? This is the first I've seen of this type of tech
    and it seems like an interesting idea but I'm worried that the USB ports
    speed would cause a slow down compared to a PCI or PCI-e port. Then
    again I'm not all that knowledgeable about hardware so thats just a guess. :)

    Additional Note:
    I'm not sure if OS matters but I'll list it just in case, I'm using Windows XP
    on the computer in question.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2010

    Default Re: A search for sound (Sound card options)

    I don't think sound cards make much differences, it's better for you to fork out on a set of good speakers.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2007

    Smile Re: A search for sound (Sound card options)

    Onboard it is then. :)

  4. #4
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    Default Re: A search for sound (Sound card options)

    Creative drivers are bloatware and troublesome - use onboard Realtek! Sound is perfect with good speakers
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  5. #5
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    Default Re: A search for sound (Sound card options)

    "creatives are bloatware" truly said. If you are audiophile get asus xonar card otherwise onboard. Remember to get good quality speakers

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Birmingham,Great Britain

    Default Re: A search for sound (Sound card options)

    Stick with onboard,its just as good as my xonar,I admit the xonar does have a more powerfully base and slightly cleaner sound but the onboard isn't far off,plus you have to constantly tweak the xonar with each game/film/music to get the best sound which is a pain,with the onboard you can set and forget it

    I can recommend the cheap logitech x 530 speakers,sound is great,or the more expensive logitech z5500
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