No onboard sound can match and audigy 2. If you dont want to waste 90 bucks then, http://www.adc-ast.com/index.cgi?ite...DPCISBAUDIGYII
iis a better alternative if you dont plan to use 7.1 sound.
Also wherever you saw that onboard is faster is full of it. It is slower by 10 frames or so on high quality.
Also doesnt have EAX or anything.
Correct me if I am wrong but onboard audio takes up Cpu time. When harware, like the audigy 2, does it all itself and also produces higher sound quality. You will be able to hear footsteps behind you. Pinpoint the exact location of someone. Its a must have if you play games.
One downside of pci sound is that it introduces more errors/crashes.