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How much performance gain can one get buy adding in a sound card?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kashmir09, Aug 6, 2006.

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  1. kashmir09

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    Thanks.
     
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    I would say very little. Onboard sound has come a long way in the last few years. If your system is marginal in cpu speed, then you might see a very slight improvement.

    This is something you would see on a cpu benchmark, however in real world you would probably not see anything.
     
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    if you get one of thos fx-i sound cards, dont they process it on the card rathers than through the cpu? so that could help
     
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    If the sound is processed through the CPU, how would that help your performance? :confused: That's just more work for the processor, which would sap performance.
     
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    you didnt read it,

    i said on the card, (as in the sound card) rather that the cpu.

    so bypassing the cpu.
     
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    You're right, I read "don't process on the card". :D

    In any case, most sound chips process the sound, so I don't think that's unusual.
     
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    You'd gain a little in performance, maybe a few fps at most. But if you did go with a X-FI card you'd get better quality. Creative cards support EAX better then onboard chips and unlike onboard chips that only support up to EAX 2.0, the Creative cards do up to EAX Advanced HD 5.0. Thats more simulatenous voices and better 3D positioning. The DACs are also better on these cards and produce cleaner and crisper sound.

    Here's Creative's site: http://www.soundblaster.com/products/x-fi/
    Their performance numbers seem high but...
     
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