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Windows 7: Sound cards really needed?

17 Nov 2008   #1

Windows XP SP3
 
 
Sound cards really needed?

I know sound is needed for any video games. But I have a Sound Blaster X-Fi or something along those lines which is really good. I'm currently trying to replace parts of my PC (I.E. RAM and graphics card) But should I replace my sound card?



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17 Nov 2008   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

IMO I would say no, as long as you are having no issues with it, I see no reason to upgrade.
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17 Nov 2008   #3

 

IMHO most onboard sound now is more than good enough.
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17 Nov 2008   #4

Windows XP SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
IMO I would say no, as long as you are having no issues with it, I see no reason to upgrade.
I have never had any issues with It at all. Only my graphics card (But that was due to PSU.)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
IMHO most onboard sound now is more than good enough.
Yeah. I run some games on my laptop with a sound card built into the motherboard and I have had no problems.
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18 Nov 2008   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

My Audigy 2 is been jumping from one system to another as I upgrade and it still sound great. Your X-FI is even newer, keep it and save the cash
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24 Nov 2008   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
IMHO most onboard sound now is more than good enough.
i agree but.... onboard sound can do so much inn terms of codecs...especially when you have your computer hooked up to an AMP via optical digital cable.
Unfortunately I can't even install a dedicated sound card, got no room on my 780i
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24 Nov 2008   #7

Windows 7 (7000) public beta
 
 

Mainboards come with pretty good graphics and sound embedded now, even on low cost models. (I know, just not quite enough for Vista Premium - pity board GPU going to waste.)

I don't play games, but like to listen to music of a reasonably high quality.

My MB is a great ASUS that was the lowest price in the store.. has..

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8 Channel High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.
and going to waste ....

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Intel® G31 Chipset
The Intel® G31 Express Chipset boosts your gaming and multimedia experience with the integrated graphics engine Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3100. It supports 1333MHz FSB (front-side-bus), and delivers breakthrough advances in 3D and 2D graphics; and video capabilities. This integrated chipset is able to meet the changing display requirements of visually rich applications and features the Intel® Clear Video Technology - which trailblazes new standards in high-definition video, crisp imaging, and accurate color control.
You should see the heatsink on the north bridge ..



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- FSB 1600(O.C.)/1333/1066/800
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- PCI Express x16
- PCIe Gb Lan
- 4x SATA 3Gb/s
- 8 CH HD audio
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18 Dec 2008   #8

Vista Ultimate
 
 

I am an audiophile, and I love my E-Mu 1820M. It is also used for recording. If you are just into games, then I would stick with on-board and crank the bass. But, if you like quality music then it is worth it to buy a card. M-Audio makes a very good card for around eighty bucks, that produces some excellent playback audio. "Gamer" cards tend to be a little too heavy on the bass for me.
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29 Mar 2009   #9

Windows 7 7068 x64 (x2)
 
 
I agree.

Basically, for 99% of people I'd say dedicated soundcards are excessive. I decided to buy an Asus Xonar D2X about 6 months ago, since I was going to use my computer to power an extremely high powered home theatre system. I chose the pci-e version since I knew that pci-e will be around for a long time to come.

The sound quality HAS improved, admittedly, but whether it would be worth the $200 cost for casual gamers and music lovers is doubtful.

Stick with what you have until it is no longer adequate for your needs. And when that day comes, buy something you know will last through many upgrade cycles; soundcards don't evolve overnight like graphics cards.
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29 Mar 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vigilante View Post

Stick with what you have until it is no longer adequate for your needs. And when that day comes, buy something you know will last through many upgrade cycles; soundcards don't evolve overnight like graphics cards.
Yes that would be true if it werent for built-in obsolescence
as demonstrated so well by Creative, who refuse to update the drivers for their older generation of audio cards,
or purposely crippling the drivers/features for older cards,
thus forcing consumers into buying newer models of cards.

And when some good and technically knowledgeable person like Daniel K discovers their underhanded tactics and decides to give people back the fully functional drivers by releasing the modded drivers, Creative threaten to sue
him for "stealing theirr goods".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/0..._k-who-fi.html
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