Benchmark: Onboard vs. Sound Card

tmlim

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Lots of discussion about onboard versus sound card.
Thought I'd add this: <A HREF="http://hardware.gamespot.com/Story-ST-x-1240-x-x-x&body_pagenum=8" target="_new">http://hardware.gamespot.com/Story-ST-x-1240-x-x-x&body_pagenum=8</A>

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Crashman

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It still depends on which onboard solution you're using. Basic codecs normally rely on the CPU for processing the sound, but some boards have the nForce APU DSP taking much of that load rather than the CPU. And OLD boards had REAL PCI SOUNDCHIPS, with the same overhead as a soundcard with the same chip.

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I totally agree with you, but I put that link to show that it can make a noticable difference. If you have some no name brand onboard sound, you're most likely better off with a SoundBlaster.

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Crashman

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Yeh, I've had a few boards with Soundblaster onboard.

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Didn't know SB onboard existed.

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Crashman

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Yes, many ordinary boards have used the ES1370, 1371, and 1373 chips (SB PCI, 64PCI, 128PCI). I also had a board with the Live chip on it (produced for Creative by Shuttle).

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