Well, I'm going to be gettin a new mobo, IC7-Max3, with AC 97 onboard audio, supposedly 24-bit. Does anybody know if there are any reviews comparing the quality of the ac97 to the audigy's quality?? I like the audigy, but i have a second comp with old hercules muse xl that doesn't work worth crap, i wanna put the audigy in there, but i'm not sure if the ac97 in the mobo of my new board(dont' have it yet) will be as good.
512mb OCZ DDR533
(No vid card, waiting to return Asus 9800 and get a 128 9800P that will oc more than a measly 4%)
My motherboard (Gigabyte 7N400 Pro 2) has builtin AC'97. I've been using it for a couple months now. It works, but I am not satisified with it to be honest. It has some quirks that annoy me. Volume control doesn't seem to work sometimes and I can't find any middle ground between too soft and too loud.
Also looking at benchmarks, it seems the AC'97 system puts a rather large burden on the system. This causes dramatic drops in frame rates in some games.