Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd
In most cases you can only have one "default" device for any sound function. e,g, if you select one sound card for "playback" then you won't hear any "playback" on the other sound card (or Integrated Audio chip).
I guess that depends on the software, most programs I use, (Sound Forge, Cubase, Winamp) all have driver setup panels that allow use of any audio device available to the system.
One of the main reasons for a separate audio card is sound, almost any third party audio hardware, whether pcie, pci, usb or firewire, sounds cleaner and more accurate than the $2 audio chip built into the MB.