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Creative Sound Blaster! What is the diff between m/b sound

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January 25, 2013 8:57:10 PM

Could anyone be kind enough to inform me of the difference between onboard sound on my asrock extreme 4 and a pci Creative Sound Blaster card? :o 
January 25, 2013 9:00:10 PM

WHICH SB card ?
January 25, 2013 9:09:33 PM

Brett928S2 said:
WHICH SB card ?

This one brett. A friend told me i should get one because i love playing tunes on my desktop with 5.1 speakers and he said i should get a sb. This is the cheapest of the kind he advised me on(X-Fi Titanium)
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January 25, 2013 9:14:01 PM

Hi :) 

That card is a LOT better than any on-board sound...

All the best Brett :) 
January 25, 2013 9:16:19 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

That card is a LOT better than any on-board sound...

All the best Brett :) 

Thanks brett. Have a nice day/night.
January 25, 2013 10:01:34 PM

bigirishman said:
Thanks brett. Have a nice day/night.



Hi :) 

Yvw :) 

All the best Brett :) 
January 25, 2013 10:08:10 PM

bigirishman said:
Could anyone be kind enough to inform me of the difference between onboard sound on my asrock extreme 4 and a pci Creative Sound Blaster card? :o 



You have a good onboard audio on that motherboard, you don't need to spend more on a sound card, the extreme 4 contains the ALC898 which is Realteks lastest chipset, and achieves the highest SNR ratio out of ANY onboard solutions. (110DB SNR)

See the specs :


7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio™

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Spec...


No need for sound card.
January 25, 2013 10:13:01 PM

the only advantage to having a soundcard is it offloads the sound related duties to the card and not the cpu.
i tried it once where i played stalker with and without my sb audigy. i noticed in task manager that WITH the card installed cpu usage was down 20-30%
January 25, 2013 11:27:52 PM

ARICH5 said:
the only advantage to having a soundcard is it offloads the sound related duties to the card and not the cpu.
i tried it once where i played stalker with and without my sb audigy. i noticed in task manager that WITH the card installed cpu usage was down 20-30%

Thats a big hit!! are you sure sound can take that much usage of a cpu?
January 25, 2013 11:33:47 PM

djangoringo said:
You have a good onboard audio on that motherboard, you don't need to spend more on a sound card, the extreme 4 contains the ALC898 which is Realteks lastest chipset, and achieves the highest SNR ratio out of ANY onboard solutions. (110DB SNR)

See the specs :


7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC898 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio™

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=Spec...


No need for sound card.

Thanx for the heads up. I'll look into this further. I still dont get why there's an option 4 a pci sound device these days compared to onboard. arich5 on this thread informed me Quote"the only advantage to having a soundcard is it offloads the sound related duties to the card and not the cpu.
i tried it once where i played stalker with and without my sb audigy. i noticed in task manager that WITH the card installed cpu usage was down 20-30%" is this how you would see it? Im not sure if he used a real old cpu then but i'd not expect that sort of usage of cpu with just sound! Or am i wrong?
January 25, 2013 11:35:23 PM

There's no impact in usage of the cpu either with onboard or soundcard.
January 25, 2013 11:38:45 PM

djangoringo said:
There's no impact in usage of the cpu either with onboard or soundcard.

Thanks m8. saved me a few quid I think. ;) 
January 26, 2013 8:49:15 PM

i was using a old gigabyte mobo and a old 5600x2 cpu and i did see a difference in cpu usage in task manager.

the new realtek ac98 are not that resource heavy as they used to be though. especially with the new cpu's
January 26, 2013 8:51:41 PM

sound quality:

the titanium is a world better in movies,music.games.

if u can afford is a great upgrade.

also depends if u got a good system.

!