Performance boost - sound card?

  john63 16:45 23 Dec 2005

Is it possible to get a performance boost by adding a seperate sound card rather than using onboard sound? I just thought thath the sound card's processor would be dealing with the sound and not the main processor. Perhaps it isn't worth it?

  stalion 16:47 23 Dec 2005

installing a seperate sound card gives you a lot more choice and better sound if you do install a souncard you need to disable the onboard sound

  john63 16:48 23 Dec 2005

yes but... can you get a performance boost?

  PaulB2005 19:08 23 Dec 2005

Theoretically it takes some load off the processor. How much and if you'll notice depends on what you are doing. I don't think the term Performance Boost would apply though.

  sharkfin 19:12 23 Dec 2005

no you wouldnt notice any increase in system performance. However, having a dedicated soundcard would provide better sound quality.

  GaT7 19:24 23 Dec 2005

PaulB2005, stalion & sharkfin sum it up well.

Borrow a PCI soundcard from a mate (if you can) & try it out before investing in a separate one.

If you're looking for a performance boost *soundwise*, get a good Creative one click here. All of those would be much better than most onboard sound. And of course you'll need correspondingly good speakers to get the best effect. G

  Totally-braindead 21:41 23 Dec 2005

If you're happy with your onboard sound then don't bother, regarding the performance boost the others are right, you'll never notice it. Want a performance boost buy more memory.

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