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Should I salvage my sound card for new build?

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August 10, 2009 2:48:20 AM

Should I use my 6 year old Sound Blaster Audigy 2 for my new build? Mobo will either be the GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P or GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P. How does the audio compare? Thanks.
August 12, 2009 4:30:10 PM

I recently built an X4 955 PC with an ASUS M4A79T Deluxe. I installed the latest Realtek drivers and fired it up. The sound in games was pretty mediocre (skipped and missed sounds occasionally as well). Stuck my trusty Audigy 2 Value in from 2004 and it was much, much better. I'm still using XP and with the hardware acceleration, even with a new quad, I noticed a small improvement in FPS (a couple more in most games).

Realtek is fine for most users, but if you game or are an audiophile a dedicated sound card is a worthwhile purchase. Even my old cheapo is better than onboard.
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