Onboard VS Dedicated Sound Card?

I wanted to know whether a dedicated sound card was really worth it compared to onboard audio
Here are the parts:

Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/363228

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Series
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/340550

Now apparently the Mobo has pritty decent onboard but since im going to be doing alot of gaming I wanted to see whether the dedicate card was worth it for £112

Any help would be apperciated :D
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  1. DarthGadget said:
    I wanted to know whether a dedicated sound card was really worth it compared to onboard audio
    Here are the parts:

    Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/363228

    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Series
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/340550

    Now apparently the Mobo has pritty decent onboard but since im going to be doing alot of gaming I wanted to see whether the dedicate card was worth it for £112

    Any help would be apperciated :D


    Unless you have expensive speakers, you don't really need them.
  2. Yup, just a waste of a hundred quid
    Moto
  3. If you are an audiophile with hearing sensitive to delicate differences, then go for the dedicated sound card. But the Realtek ALC887 8-Channel High Def sound chip on the motherboard is really quite good. And if you are a gamer, you'll be too busy to notice the differences even if you were an audiophile. And, unless the dedicated sound card has its own processor, you will still loose a few clock cycles even with the dedicated card.
  4. A *good* soundcard paried with a decent set of speakers can make a huge difference.

    I now note the Recon3D series are NOT good soundcards.
  5. I've used both the onboard sound with my motherboard and a dedicated Asus Xonar card which received good reviews. I can't tell a difference between the two...sound cards seem to be going the way of the dodo for mainstream gaming, frankly.
  6. ^^ Again, depends on the speakers/headphones used. Getting a $1000 soundcard won't do squat to a $20 set of speakers.

    In just the past 4 years, I've gone through 4 soundcards [ExtremeGamer, Razer Barracuda, ASUS Xonar D2, ASUS Xonar Xense] and about 6 different headsets. There were significant differences depending on the exact setup.
  7. DarthGadget said:
    I wanted to know whether a dedicated sound card was really worth it compared to onboard audio
    Here are the parts:

    Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/363228

    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Series
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/340550

    Now apparently the Mobo has pritty decent onboard but since im going to be doing alot of gaming I wanted to see whether the dedicate card was worth it for £112

    Any help would be apperciated :D
  8. DarthGadget said:
    I wanted to know whether a dedicated sound card was really worth it compared to onboard audio
    Here are the parts:

    Asus P8Z77-V LX Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/363228

    Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Series
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/340550

    Now apparently the Mobo has pritty decent onboard but since im going to be doing alot of gaming I wanted to see whether the dedicate card was worth it for £112

    Any help would be apperciated :D


    The best solution is to try on board and see. If you feel that it is lacking, then by all means, buy the sound card, but I would not until I've heard it, really tried it over a decent period, first.
  9. gamerk316 said:
    A *good* soundcard paried with a decent set of speakers can make a huge difference.

    I now note the Recon3D series are NOT good soundcards.



    why is the Recn 3D series not good ???
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