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Old 12-25-2006, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting the BIOSTAR TForce6100-939 Micro ATX motherboard, and am curious as to if its integrated sound or an old sound blaster Live sound card would be best? I have a sound blaster live in my old machine but I don't want to use it if its not as good as the newer onboard sound.

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Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC655
Audio Channels: 6 Channels

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I don't think you would be able to tell the difference, unless you're an audiophile. But why not use the sound card, with the new motherboard? I use that onboard sound too, and it's good.
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The integrated sound in any nforce-based board is going to be roughly the same thing as a Sound Blaster Live!. The real difference is when you install a card with a dedicated sound processing chip like an Audigy 2 or an X-Fi. The sound is much better and the load is taken off of your computer's processor so gaming performance is slightly better.
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or if you happen you know get your computer slightly wet in snow and your ownboard sound is messed up this is also a good reason to get an dedicated sound card.
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thanks guys!
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So a 7.1 channel audio on-board (Chaintech VNF4 Ultra) will work great with a Logitech THX Z-5300e or not?


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Nooooooooooo, I'd get a soundcard for that baby. Like one of the X-Fi series. Those are simply too expensive to waste on an onboard soundchip.

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Or if you want even cheaper:

Audigy SE 7.1 | Audigy 4
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Nooooooooooo, I'd get a soundcard for that baby. Like one of the X-Fi series. Those are simply too expensive to waste on an onboard soundchip.

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Or if you want even cheaper:

Audigy SE 7.1 | Audigy 4
Forgive my ignorance but what benefit i get by buying one of the X-fi series card againt the 7.1 on-board audio??
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Get an Audigy 2 ZS.

AC97 (onboard sound) is terrible and has extremely high latency.

Short. It sounds terrible.
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Get an Audigy 2 ZS.

AC97 (onboard sound) is terrible and has extremely high latency.

Short. It sounds terrible.
Ya it does AC97 sucks. I crank up the jams and its starts getting distorted and stuff.
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