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Old 08-06-2007, 12:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Would the on board sound on Newegg.com - EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail be better or worse than an audigy 2 soundblaster. I'm thinking it'd be worse but I'm just double checking
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Would the on board sound on Newegg.com - EVGA 122-M2-NF59-TR Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail be better or worse than an audigy 2 soundblaster. I'm thinking it'd be worse but I'm just double checking
a little worse, but unless ur a phile, i doubt u can hear the diff... plus that mobo has really good integrated audio from what i've heard
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I'm sure if you get a good motherboard, most of the good motherboards will come with a good integrated audio device.
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I personally can't tell the difference. But if you're an audio editor, you might consider it.
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well the only thing that i'll really be using it for is listening to music and hopefully getting good sound quality out of games, which it seems like i would.
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On board is enough for the average person. Unless your Mozart, you won't notice ANY difference.
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The audio on my P35-DS3R chip works perfectly for me when I listen to music and play games. I can't really tell how the sound could actually be better. The sound quality would also be impacted by the type of speaker you have.
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As long as you've got good speakers, onboard should be fine. My advice is to hook it all up and then see how you like it. If you still want it better, for for an X-fi.
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I say, if you're not going to stick with onboard, you might as well get something nice like a X-Fi (not the XtremeAudio, that sucks).
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I have the XtremeMusic card, and it is significantly better than onboard.

Though I'm in the process of trying to get my hands on some LM4562 OpAmps to replace the ones on my card. People have said that it makes a significant improvement to the sound quality
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