I'm planning on getting a new case with front panel audio connection (headphones, mic) and I can't find any information on soundcards with pin outs. Onboard motherboard sound isn't what I want either, but at least I've seen the hooks on several models.
I've downloaded the manuals for the SB Audigy 2, Hercules, AOpen, M Audio, and Santa Cruz models. Basically anything in my price range at New Egg and Pricegrabber (no more than $70-80). None call out these hook-ups. I've also used the search functions across several tech boards like this and have come up empty.
Unfortunately, that's what I'm finding out. I wouldn't consider an SB Audigy 2 card inexpensive for the mainstream market...I know it's not a professional card but pins can't be that expensive to include.
There is a cheap Chaintech soundcard that on the picture looks like it may have them, but it doesn't even have a manual to download.
Are you buying a complete system to go in that new case? If you haven't already invested in a mainboard, consider going with one of the Soundstorm certified nForce2 systems (or the Asus A7N8X-DX, which I understand is pending certification). Sweet system, and compares favourably with (or soundly trounces!!) any consumer/gaming PCI soundcard available. Check <A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/game/20030405/index.html" target="_new">here</A> for the THG gaming comparison.
Obviously, if you're not into AMD, just ignore me. :wink:
Thanks for the responses. I'm pretty much going to stick with Intel again, but the NForce2 boards do look pretty neat.
If I understand your last post Traqr, Creative's Audigy 2 card does have pins, it's just that they don't show them in their documentation. That especially goofy as I don't even think you can buy their front audio drive yet seperately.
My old Sounblaster Live! Value has pins. Two rows of 10 or 15 in an IDE-like configuration. I have no idea what they're for. (...actually I think I do have an idea, I think it's because there ain't a whole hell of a lot difference between a SB Live! Value and an Audigy, but i digress...)
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