My question is whether it is worth putting this in the new computer? The only reason I could fathom doing it is
1) if it would offload any audio processing from the CPU
2) if the sound quality is that much better than the on-board
I use this computer mainly for gaming, some dled TV watching and minimal music listening.
Computer Audio is an area where I do not know much at all. So any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
It will definitely sound a lot better, no question there, in both the sound quality and especially the soundstage. It should also reduce the CPU load a bit, although it may not be a noticeable amount.
I've had an old sound blaster live laying around for a few years, and I decided to pop it into my computer about a week ago just to compare it to the onboard, and it was a world of difference over the realtek onboard. So I'm gonna definitely be looking into something a bit better.
If there's two things that there absolute no way I regret buying they're my Audigy 2 ZS and my Raptor. Both have been superior than any onboard audio or standard HDD and they're both creeping up on being 4 years old. Great investments.