I used to use Dedicated, ( PCI, External ) Sound Cards because the onboard alwasy sucks. But from about 3 years ago or so onboard sound has gotten a lot better, but still not anywhere near new PCI-E or other Off motherboard sound devices. Still it seems it's hard to find good sound cards, with good driver support, good price ranges, or even benchmarks or reviews. What has happened?
Added : I also used to see where having a dedicated card would improve performance and other benefits. I am interested in getting a good PCI-E Sound Blaster FX card, but they seem pricey for a card that's pretty old now. And what about Windows 7 support, when a lot of what I have read about these cards say some Vista users have problems with drivers. Any recommendations would be nice to thanks in advance.