onboard sound vs soundblaster, rapid response desired

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by somebody, Jan 20, 2004.

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    somebody Guest

    Hi,

    I'm rebuilding an old system. I may think I'm clever on some things,
    but sound is not one of them.

    I intended to keep the old soundcard, Soundblaster Live, Player 5.1,
    Dolby Digital, PCI. But then I though it is quite old. And there is
    this Realtek ALC655 AC'97 v2.3 6-channel onboard sound on the new
    mobo, and maybe that is better?

    I suppose I would save a little power too, by keeping the onboard
    sound?

    Please tell me what you think. And I'm doing this right now, so
    expedient answers will be more relevant. Though I can always
    reconsider later.

    Ancra
     
    somebody, Jan 20, 2004
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    Gary Tait Guest

    Depends how finicky you are about audio performance, since the onboard
    sound takes some system resources. Since I don't care for higher end
    audio, I use on-board sound.
     
    Gary Tait, Jan 20, 2004
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    BudMan Guest

    Go with the Live. I just built a new Intel system on a 865GBF mobo.
    Although the sound was an improvment over AC97 it still sucked, and took up
    system resources. I plugged in my SB Live and things are great. Remember
    to disable the onboard sound in bios prior to installing the SB, otherwise
    funny thing happen.
     
    BudMan, Jan 20, 2004
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    DaveW Guest

    Using the on-board sound will somewhat slow down your CPU. You're better
    off using the SoundBlaster if you play games.
     
    DaveW, Jan 21, 2004
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  5. I know some people have had bad experiences with onboard sound, but my
    brother's and best friend's computers are running onboard sound and it
    sounds fine. My brother even has a nice Logitec Z560 5.1 channel speaker
    system hooked up to it. It sounds great. I think onboard sound has gotten a
    bad rap by some.

    I have a Soundblaster Audigy Platinum on my system and have disabled onboard
    sound, however. I wanted the midi, microphone, IEEE1394 and other
    connections it provides as well as kick-ass sound.

    I doubt the onboard is better than that Live card. Onboard sound is usually
    pretty basic.


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    Ruel Smith (Big Daddy), Jan 21, 2004
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    somebody Guest


    - Thanks all of you! I disabled onboard sound. The build went well,
    but I haven't installed the soundblaster yet. I'll do that in a few
    minutes... :)

    Ancra
     
    somebody, Jan 21, 2004
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  7. I recently had similar thoughs, but in my case it was the Soundblaster
    Live Value. I had had some problems with this card back in the AMD
    K6/2 400 days with the older VIA chipset. When I upgraded to an Abit
    KT7/Duron 700 (later Athlon 1000) I no longer had any problems. More
    recently I upgraded to the Epox 8K9A7I ( and I must be one of ten
    people using this MB) and ran for a while with the onboard sound.
    (similar, if not identical to yours). After two weeks I reinstalled
    the SB. Low base (I have a subwoofer and it was mostly silent and
    yes, I did play around with the various controls) and somewhat
    scratchy sound when playing CD quality music.
     
    Philip Nicholls, Jan 25, 2004
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    somebody Guest

    Ok, one of eleven people then, :) because that was exactly the board I
    bought. (Their 8KRAI looks nice too, but I went with steal rather than
    just dirtcheap :)). I put in the SB. It wasn't the Live Player, I
    stated in the post. I forgot I put that one in another machine. So
    this was a SB 128 4.1, or something like that.

    Ancra
     
    somebody, Jan 26, 2004
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