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Hi, I am looking at getting a Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3 motherboard, and I was wondering if the onboard sound card is good enough for games and movies. Or would I notice a big difference if I get a good soundcard?

 

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None, unless your recording or doing sound production ect.

For that you would want an EMU 1616 with a mixer board ect.

 

Logicpr0be is the guy to talk to about sound cards, shoot him off a pm.

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Sigh,

 

It really depends on what speakers you are using and the quality of the sound that is running through it. I would recommend a dedicated card for a media center, or as BFG suggested a PC for recording music.

 

The difference in sound is really very subjective, it depends on how good your ear is and how good the source and speakers are. However dedicated cards will have very little to no noise on the analogue and very little on digital, compared to onboard which often get cracks and bubbles as well as hard drive chatter.

 

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Thanks for both replies. I think I will stick to onboard sound as I have no need for production quality sound.

 

Thanks heaps. you just save me some money I can now divert somewhere else.

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Whenever i copy files or do anything that involves a lot of data access my sound breaks up, slows down and sounds all jittery. Same thing happens with the sound in video. Would this go away if i bought a dedicated sound card?

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Whenever i copy files or do anything that involves a lot of data access my sound breaks up, slows down and sounds all jittery. Same thing happens with the sound in video. Would this go away if i bought a dedicated sound card?

If it is the system in your sig then save your money for a new system. =P

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Whenever i copy files or do anything that involves a lot of data access my sound breaks up, slows down and sounds all jittery. Same thing happens with the sound in video. Would this go away if i bought a dedicated sound card?

On-board sound cards use more CPU time than a dedicated card and hence when the PC is really busy ... quality suffers. I think dedicated sound cards off-load the processing time off the CPU with all those special audio processing chips.

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Whenever i copy files or do anything that involves a lot of data access my sound breaks up, slows down and sounds all jittery. Same thing happens with the sound in video. Would this go away if i bought a dedicated sound card?

On-board sound cards use more CPU time than a dedicated card and hence when the PC is really busy ... quality suffers. I think dedicated sound cards off-load the processing time off the CPU with all those special audio processing chips.

 

That is true for single cpus but not so much for multicore systems.

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Sound cards are more trouble than they're worth, unless you're willing to spend the time and effort for a media centre-type PC.

 

One thing that I did find though is that sound cards (seem to) provide more volume to your headphones than onboard. I'm sure there're good reasons for that. But myself, I can live with lower-than-blasting sound for the sake of zero driver conflicts and zero bloatware.

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I'm running my aeons-old Audigy ES in Vista x64, and have been for ages. The drivers are the same size, if not smaller than the AC'97 stuff. The drivers always worked, and since the kerfuffle with whats-his-name and Creative, they've only gotten better.

 

The sound quality difference is quite pronounced. Even with my relatively mediocre Plantronics headset, the sound from the Audigy sounds much more full and clear than the onboard rubbush.

 

This is with a 965P-DS3P board, I don't know if it's improved at all since then...

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I'm running my aeons-old Audigy ES in Vista x64, and have been for ages. The drivers are the same size, if not smaller than the AC'97 stuff. The drivers always worked, and since the kerfuffle with whats-his-name and Creative, they've only gotten better.

 

The sound quality difference is quite pronounced. Even with my relatively mediocre Plantronics headset, the sound from the Audigy sounds much more full and clear than the onboard rubbush.

 

This is with a 965P-DS3P board, I don't know if it's improved at all since then...

I think with onboard ... the limited processing power of the chips (due to space and power constraints) as well a interference from the motherboard all conspire to make it inferior to a specialist product. But the AC97 isn't bad for what is does.

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GA-EP45-DS3 motherboard

 

Audio:

 

Audio Output Sound card

Audio Codec Realtek ALC889A

Sound Output Mode 7.1 channel surround

Compliant Standards High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater

 

This is quite good but it would be much better you have it upgraded to a much better one, for it to produce the sound that you want.

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