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Soundblaster Audigy vs Onboard

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September 28, 2010 12:06:53 AM

I have a Creative Soundblaster Audigy lying around and was wondering how much of an improvement it would be to my integrated sound. This is on a Gigabyte GA-P55 UD3 motherboard running Windows 7.

It is a very old card, but would it be any better than the integrated card?

I don't record anything, it would just be for games, movies and music.
September 28, 2010 5:53:40 PM

no i doubt it would.

stick with the integrated.
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September 28, 2010 7:06:32 PM

I'd like to differ.. Any discrete solution will always be better than the onboard chip.. If OP has it simply lying around then no harm in using it.. I enjoyed using the sound blaster live 24 bit very much through my win xp times to my current OS which is win 7 64 bit.. The Audigy is an even better chip so OP is sure to have a good audio experience..
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September 28, 2010 7:07:17 PM

I'd wager the integrated has a better SnR (Signal to Noise ratio, or how much noise is in the output) then the Audigy. Especially if its a Realtek audio chipset. In this case, the Onboard is probably better.
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September 28, 2010 9:11:21 PM

...Well that isn't really a conclusive answer...
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September 28, 2010 9:40:04 PM

gamerk316 said:
I'd wager the integrated has a better SnR (Signal to Noise ratio, or how much noise is in the output) then the Audigy. Especially if its a Realtek audio chipset. In this case, the Onboard is probably better.


exactly, just cos its a dedicated dont means its a win straight away.
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September 29, 2010 2:06:31 AM

I think that the Soundblaster seems to have quite a bit more noise than the integrated card. I'll stick with the integrated for now...
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September 29, 2010 2:06:52 AM

Best answer selected by wortwortwort.
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