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Discussion in 'Sound City' started by Frippy, 6 Mar 2006.

  1. Frippy


    Joined: 31 Jan 2006

    Posts: 296

    How good is this compared to an Audigy?
  2. james.miller


    Joined: 17 Aug 2003

    Posts: 19,398

    Location: Woburn Sand Dunes

    PCM - same
    analogue - bloody awful
    games - worse, but impressive when using D.I.C.E

    in short. it depends on what you want to do with it
  3. Frippy


    Joined: 31 Jan 2006

    Posts: 296

    Thanks. A mate has an Nforce 2 board and wants to go gaming, he was unsure if the onboard sound was upto it. Either the Soundstorm or an Audigy value, I thought the Soundstorm might be as good as the Audigy value, plus it'd save him £25. He can put Digital through his speakers if that is better, he has an Nforce 2 board ABIT AN7 NVIDIA nFORCE 2 ULTRA 400 Chipset.
  4. Stellios


    Joined: 27 Aug 2004

    Posts: 17,023

    Location: Geordieland

    Ive used soundstorm for the last 2 years and its alright, vould be better, but its definately liveable.
  5. Phil99


    Joined: 29 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,900

    Soundstorm was good because:

    1. DICE - Real Time Dolby Digital - speaks for itself
    2. Hardware audio processing - most onboard sound will offload things like EAX, EAX2 etc to the CPU causing slow downs in game, the Soundstorm can do this in hardware so uses very few CPU cycles.

    The Audigy would probably be better for gaming, but the Soundstorm is not a bad onboard solution.
  6. rG-tom


    Joined: 27 Nov 2004

    Posts: 9,727

    Location: London

    depends on your speaker set up, if you have speakers with a digital decoder / a proper surround set up with AV recievier, then soundstorm is about as good as it gets :)