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Upgrading - use old sound card or MoBo?

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by nheather, 8 Jul 2006.

  1. nheather


    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 926

    Location: Horsham, West Sussex

    I am just rebuilding my computer and have to decide whether to use my old dedicated sound card or just stick to the one on the motherboard.

    My old card is a VideoLogic Sonic Fury which supports 6 channel sound.

    My motherboard is an Asus A8N-E - the embedded sound processor is based on ALC850 8 channel CODEC.

    I'm not a sound expert - sound on my PC is for games and that's about it.

    At the moment I just use stereo, with some reasonable Yamaha speakers although I may upgrade to surround later on.

    Just from reading the specs the one onboard the mobo sounds better - has more channels, digital out, plug and play sockets so you can plug headsets in without having to change the setting. It would certainly be neater using the onboard sound.

    But that's about my knowledge ... is there any reason why I should use the Sonic Fury instead?


  2. Behemoth


    Joined: 1 Dec 2002

    Posts: 2,838

    Location: Cornwall

    i must admit that onboard audio has gotten alot better recently, and if your just gaming stick with whats on the motherboard. I was suitably impressed with the sound on my GA K8N Sli Pro board, although I did in the end stick an audigy 2 in as I personally have always preferred creative for sound.
  3. hp7909


    Joined: 8 Jun 2003

    Posts: 5,016

    Realtek ALC850 8-channel CODEC: Should be good if not better! Try both and see which you prefer, i.e. sound quality, CPU usage, etc. I'm still using my Creative Audigy but next upgrade might consider going onboard because mobo I want has equivalent of Audigy 2 :eek:
  4. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,155

    I have a choice of Realtek 882 onboard or SB Live (the original with digital IO bracket)

    SB Live has EAX problems in COD2, and with KX drivers sounds funny in Oblivion. Might stick to onboard next time open the PC up.