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Soundblaster Audigy vs Onboard

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.
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  1. no i doubt it would.

    stick with the integrated.
  2. 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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    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.
  4. ...Well that isn't really a conclusive answer...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. Best answer selected by wortwortwort.
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