Re: Sound Card bottleneck?
depends. if you are running high quality sound in game and have a lowish end cpu then the cpu has to do extra work to encode/decode sound putting strain on the cpu to play the game and to work on the sound. that would cause frame stuttering at certain points, so the short answer is yes, depending on teh game and the rest of your system. it shouldn't, but its definitely possible.
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