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Shall i port my soundcard to my new PC?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Foehammer2003, 10 May 2006.

  1. Foehammer2003

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Apr 2006

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    As the title says.... I have a Philips Sonic Edge 5.1 sound card (32 bit pci) and the asrock939 Dual SATAII in my new rig, which itself has 7.1 sound although its AC '97 which i believe is on 99% of all mobo's anyway. Which should i use? I bought a soundcard a) because i wanted a better quality sound and b) because i heard having a soundcard helps off load some of the stress from the CPU.

    I only have 2.1 speakers and am happy with that, so no need for 7.1 that the mobo provides... What y'all think :confused:
     
  2. Energize

    Caporegime

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    If it sounds better then do it. The load it takes off the cpu is neglegible.
     
  3. russ0r

    Wise Guy

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    The extra stress it puts on the CPU is minimal.
    If you're happy with two speakers, stick with onboard. I don't personally think that a PCI soundcard will offer you any significant advantage, unless you're wanting to do lots of low-latency mixing and have extra inputs.
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, though.
     
  4. Energize

    Caporegime

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    A good soundcard like creative soundblaster can blow you away with the effects of eax hd etc.

    Not sure if that card supports it though.
     
  5. Foehammer2003

    Hitman

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    yeah it supports EAX2.0, Which the AC '97 does not support is that right?
     
  6. Energize

    Caporegime

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    Yes onboard doesnt have any of these extra features.