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Old October 25, 2012, 09:33 PM
draemn draemn is offline
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The quality of your audio hardware (speakers, headphones, etc) will usually determine that. If don't have high end audio equipment, you won't see the benefit of a sound card unless you've noticed your onboard is very noisy (popping, crackling, etc).

ALSO, you gave us pretty useless information. The onboard audio is on the motherboard, so that is all that matters for determining the quality of your current sound, but you didn't tell us what motherboard you own. There are a lot of versions of the GA-Z77X....... the UD5 has a great onboard audio chip, where the UD3 has a much cheaper one. I am very impressed with the Realteck ALC889 on my motherboard and my $200 ASUS Xonar essence STX isn't any better sounding on my $160 headphones (I own the card to use with my $600 headphones). The UD5 of your model has the ALC898 chip, an improved version of mine.
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