Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: onboard sound vs. Addon sound card

15 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
onboard sound vs. Addon sound card

What would be the advantages/disadvantages of onboard sound vs a sound card? With a sound add on card are there headers for front panels connections.? Would I see/hear a big difference in the sound?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 10 64 bit

It would depend on what you want from the audio or what applications you have for it. I have a home built using an Intel motherboard that has IDT (SigmaTel) HD audio on it. It's fine for most of the "listening" that I do However, I have a music program that uses MIDI and the default built in Windows/Microsoft GS Wavetable MIDI Synth is pretty bad. For that reason I have a SoundBlaster Xfi installed and SoundBlaster has on board hardware MIDI synths that are much better.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Typically, you can get a higher-end device with a sound card. If you wanna have a surround sound-type experience, then you might consider a card: - ASUS Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

If you are gonna put your audio through $15 speakers, then forget the card and use the onboard audio chip.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

15 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Depends on what you are looking for and as always what you are prepared to pay for it

To be realistic for most purposes the on-board chip's on today's systems are perfectly adequate for most peoples needs, if you are a serious audiophile or looking to use the pc for professional sound production, even DJing, that the flexibility and quality of add on external units are probably worth the extra cost and installation. In fact if you are a dj an extra card is virtually essential to allow off-line cueing etc.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Another age old debate. Here is a thread on this very subject that is over 4 years old and up to 600 posts now,

Onboard Sound Vs. Add in Sound Card - Forums

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
If you are gonna put your audio through $15 speakers, then forget the card and use the onboard audio chip.
So very true. Also if your going to use a digital connection (coax or optical, doesn't matter), then unless there is a feature that is on a sound card over onboard (DDL for example) just use onboard as it then comes down to what is connected at the other end.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 onboard sound vs. Addon sound card

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Switching between onboard sound and external sound card
First, let me say that I am a sound novice! I recently started a vinyl ripping project. My onboard sound does not support 24 bit depth recording at 96 kHz sampling rate, so I purchased an external USB card with phono preamp. It works just fine for my project. But as long as external sound card...
Sound & Audio
S/PDIF Optical out - No sound from receiver (onboard and sound card)
I've got an Asus Crosshair V Formula motherboard that I couldn't get any sound on my Onkyo HT-R550 receiver via the onboard optical output (Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS) I was planning on getting a nicer sound card anyway, so I bought the Asus Xonar Essence ST. Installed that sound card but alas, I...
Sound & Audio
Distortion sound using onboard realtek sound card on windows 7ultimate
Hello,i recently upgrade my system from xp to windows7,i use the same realtek driver and get distortions!I try severall drivers,disable all enhancements/levels on speakers properties with no result(2.1speakers-),i configure them in stereo mode,i reduce the default format to 44100 16bits(cd...
Sound & Audio
onboard sound card question
sup fellas, have a stupid question for you... Just switched my desktop to windows 7 from xp pro and have a weird latency with my audio. This latency did not exist on XP, but with 7 it is there. I have been using just my motherboard soundcard (desktop for recording) with the 6 1/8" inputs ......
Sound & Audio
Enabling onboard sound with a sound card
Hi, I fly MS FSX and I want to be able to chat to ATC with my headphones and then hear the engine noises coming out of my speakers and sub-woofer. I have a soundcard and my motherboard has onboard sound. I can't find the bios setting to turn it on and I can't see any hint of it anywhere on the...
Sound & Audio

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:36.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App