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Audigy melted so forced to use the Nforce 4 onboard sound and....

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Psycrow, 13 Jan 2006.

  1. Psycrow

    Mobster

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    .....It sounds better. I always thought my audigy 2 was really good soundwise, but after a motherboard problem melting a few of the PCI tracks I am forced to use my Nforce 4s onboard audio and I have to say it sounds far better. Both music and surround sound games sound much fuller. Bit surprising really.
     
  2. Spike_UK

    Wise Guy

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    I also found this out. Also, I've found game performance has improved too, less sound stuttering and glitches.
     
  3. Boogle

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    Hmmm... might have to give this a try :)
     
  4. Phil99

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    I found that going from an Audigy 2 -> Onboard on my nForce2 as well, though games like BF2 took a hit in both quality and performance.

    The X-Fi I upgraded to has both high quality music and gaming abilities though, best of both worlds for me :)
     
  5. smids

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    nForce > Audigy 2 ZS = much improved. I hated the onboard. Tinny in comparison and now I hear sounds that I didn't hear before.
     
  6. Phil99

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    Is that in Music or Games?

    Games with the onboard were pretty awful for me, but music was very good quality.
     
  7. smids

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    Games were awful, really awful with the onboard. The music admittedly hasn't improved much, but it has indeed improved. You are right in your summation - games with onboard are atrocious but music is fine. I play games a lot and got some Logitech Z5500's for Xmas so naturally I wanted a better sound card to use them with and I don't regret it.
     
  8. Jokester

    Don

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    I found going from nForce to an Audigy 2 made a massive difference to music, but I haven't noticed any real difference in games though.

    Jokester
     
  9. megatron

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    Location: Kent

    Are we talking about nforce2 with soundstorm? Since not all nforce2 had soundstorm and it was supposed to be the audigy's equal (nforce1 onboard sound was not soundstorm), I got rid of an audigy1 for soundstorm.
     
  10. Nikolic

    Hitman

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    I have a VIA chipset, and the onboard sound (Realtek) is poor. :p
     
  11. Phil99

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    I was referring to the non-Soundstorm nForce 2
     
  12. BoomAM

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    Location: Atlanta, USA

    My Audigy1 OEM started going funny on me, so i started using the Onboard (offboard?:p) Abit AudioMax 7.1, and the sound was clearer, but seemed a little 'cold' compared to my old Audigy. Havnt really gotten around to buying a new sound card. Im waiting for the X-Fi's to hit realistic prices.