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Old 02-22-2010, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default For a gamer - old sound card or onboard

well i got this old CMI8738 its up to a 4channel
my the onboard sound of my mobo is RealtekŪ ALC888S 7.1ch

I kept reading that having a sound card (no matter how old) will save up cpu resources. but then again im no audiophile so i cant identify which would be better of the two.

Bottom line is, i guess, which would give me a better cpu perfomance? will it be worth anything at this point in time?
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:22 AM   #2
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The add in card decreases cpu performance a bit.

It won't sound as good though being that old.
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wonder if a usb sound drive would give a better peformance. just rambling on the possibilities.
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Get a decent sound card if you're that worried about it.

The X-fi series sounds amazing, but is a bit costly.
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wonder if a usb sound drive would give a better peformance. just rambling on the possibilities.
Eww, no. That would put all the work on the CPU.

I think you should just use the built in. The sound card is useless.
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Eww, no. That would put all the work on the CPU.

I think you should just use the built in. The sound card is useless.
yes, his old sound card is useless, my X-Fi Platinum is not though, even a cheap 24 bit SB is better than onboard, sound is a hugely overlooked advantage in FPS games, I also have decent headphones which also make a difference, at my age, every little advantage helps...
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