I have a mobo with AC-97 onboard sound, i also have a sb16 PCI card vacant but i would rather not put this in. Is the ac97 onboard likely to be good enough for me to listen to mp3 and also play games like counterstrike. I dont care about 5.1 surround as i plan on using only 2 speakers (im using a decent amplifier and good speakers), and i also dont care about eax, a3d etc as a sb16 dosent have these anyway. Do you think the onboard would be good enough for my needs? ps I have pIII 750mhz
Ok it turned out the sb16 was way better than the onboard, im going to check prices and might decide to get a 5.1 or something, cos the sb16 doesnt have a proccessor (e.g emu chip)and therefore has really high cpu utilisation. any reccomendations (no more than about £70)??
i use the sound blaster audigy, it has the lowest cpu utilization of any soundcard for games. Its the only one to accelerate EAX3 in hardware in games such as GTA3/JK2/SOF2. I'm the type that can't be without the latest and greatest (esp in sound).
I've been playing GTA3 regularly and it sounds great.
Athlon XP 1700+,KT266A,Geforce3, Audigy.. 'nuff said.