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Old Dedicated Sound Card Better than Newer Onboard?

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February 27, 2014 12:59:41 PM

Hello all!

I remember back the ages that when I was playing counter Strike I could hear perfectly with my headphones, I could pinpoint where the person was based on sound. Today I can't do the same. When i thought about it the most probable cause would either be the headphone or the soundcard (or both). I still have my old but at the time very professional Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard, so I was thinking if it'd be a good thing for me to swap it to my current PC, which is a 2008 Gateway that has a G33 Chipset and a Realtek Integrated 8-Channel (7.1) High Definition Audio. My Soundblaster if I recall was 5.1, but that doesn't matter as today I only have a 2.1 system.

tl;dr - Should I swap my good old Sondblaster Audigy 2 ZS to my pc which has a newer but integrated soundcard?

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February 27, 2014 1:07:04 PM

2008 is still 6 years old lol wouldn't call that new. I would use the sound card, might as well. Integrated sound didn't really start getting good until the last few years.
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February 27, 2014 1:18:51 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
2008 is still 6 years old lol wouldn't call that new. I would use the sound card, might as well. Integrated sound didn't really start getting good until the last few years.


Have to agree with Hitech.

Similarly, I have an older system (see my sig) and have for the last 5 years used the on-board sound. Its absolutely fine for most things, and never really though too much about it. Saying that, I came across an old SB Audigy SE which I prob just put aside for one reason or another. I popped it in to the pc thinking it wouldn't;t make much difference, but found it most certainly did. Playing games, even though I just use headphones, and stereo desktop speakers with no subwoofer, the difference was very noticeable. I'm a big gamer, and playing something like BF3/BF4 where gun sounds, explosions were so much richer, deeper, and there was a better quality to the sound output, even though I've really sh*te speakers!! :)  I'd wholly recommend changing it. If anything you save a few CPU cycles with having the soundcard installed, which processes the sound on the card as opposed to the CPU.

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February 28, 2014 5:22:34 AM

As I had to pick an answer I chose to pick Keith's because he had a similar experience as mine and this makes it easier to assimilate. However I would like to thank you both for helping me!
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February 28, 2014 12:35:12 PM

CyberBeaR said:
As I had to pick an answer I chose to pick Keith's because he had a similar experience as mine and this makes it easier to assimilate. However I would like to thank you both for helping me!


:)  glad to help! Happy gaming.
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