Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent
I have quad-core computer. When listening to MP3s with Windows Audio Player and no other programs running, the CPU Usage monitor shows 10-12% usage. I have an on-board audio card.
Would a dedicated audio card take some of the load off of the CPU?
Like others... I'm only showing a 0-2% use playing an mp3 using either Windows Media Player or Winamp.
Since you're using Windows Media Player I can think of two separate "enhancements" that might use CPU.
1. Visualizations can use considerable CPU, Alchemy-Random can suck up 15% of my CPU's resources.
2. Audio Enhancements. Check and see if you have any of WMP's audio effects active. Both "graphic equalizer" and "SRS WOW FX" can use CPU as can changing the play speed.