Currently my computer audio comes from the Realtek ALC889 onboard audio on my MSI 790FX-GD70 motherboard and I recently got the thought of taking the dedicated sound card from my old computer (around 2004) and use that instead of the onboard sound. I don't know which is best though, people tend to say that a dedicated sound card is better than onboard sound but would such an old sound card really be better than such a modern onboard sound? The sound card is a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 so it's a rather decent but old soundcard I guess.
So what should I do? Move over the sound card or keep on using my onboard sound?
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I would not be bothered with the card since onboard HD is fine.
My speakers are Corsair SP2500 (2.1). I guess they're somewhat good quality, depending on how much of an audiophile you are.
Same situation here. Wondering if the Audigy 2 ZS with Windows 7 drivers is even worth the PCI slot and power draw or if ALC889 is the ticket until I buy a better card down the road.
Strictly from a FPS/Gaming standpoint however. If it helps free up some performance not having to reference the on board sound I'm all for it. If it won't matter in games I'll probably toss the old card.
I have boards with ALC889 and they all sport discrete soundcards now. One includes an Audigy 2 ZS which sounds much better then onboard btw. I'd put the Audigy 2 in,no doubt in my mind. Do a comparison and hear for yourself.