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Old August 10, 2010, 01:11 PM
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Ah I missed that gaming part.

Still don't see the need for a sound card if he's just a gamer. But to each his own.
You obviously don't own a sound card then. IMHO, it does make quite a difference in sound quality and clarity. I got way better at multiplayer FPS games just because I could hear the footsteps better.
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Old August 10, 2010, 01:26 PM
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oh boy. will the average person make out the difference on their 100$ or maybe less speaker set between the sound card choices presented? :)
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Old August 10, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Creative needs to step away from all this fatality marketing crap and actually produce a good soundcard again.
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Old August 10, 2010, 01:32 PM
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oh boy. will the average person make out the difference on their 100$ or maybe less speaker set between the sound card choices presented? :)
I have Logitech X-530's which cost me $75 IIRC. I can tell the difference between onboard sound and my Xonar DX. And I'm not an audiophile by any means, as you can see by my speaker choice.
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oh boy. will the average person make out the difference on their 100$ or maybe less speaker set between the sound card choices presented? :)
Sound quality is different from person to person.

Some may notice; Some may not.

Its up to the person to decide.

Personally I refuse to use onboard sound as a dedicated card gives you a lot more options other than just plugging in some speakers.
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ok. i know a dedicated unit makes a difference. was in a shop once, and the guy was trying hard to impress a customer. mind you it was a couple years ago but still. til lhe got to the fps part of the 'impress' he was talking to a wall :)
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Old August 10, 2010, 02:17 PM
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Sound quality is different from person to person.

Some may notice; Some may not.

Its up to the person to decide.

Personally I refuse to use onboard sound as a dedicated card gives you a lot more options other than just plugging in some speakers.
Like what options?

SugarJ. Got the same speakers and loving em I wish they're the X-540 though. But since it's free, can't complain.
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Like what options?

SugarJ. Got the same speakers and loving em I wish they're the X-540 though. But since it's free, can't complain.
Lots of speakers in the ~$100 like Edifiers that sound a whole lot better with a dedicated card than that of onboard.
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Old August 10, 2010, 02:33 PM
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The X-Fi cards are still the best gaming cards. OpenAL hardware acceleration? Check. DirectSound 3D acceleration via Alchemy? Check. The best surround simulation for stereo headphones? Check.

Now, if you were to play only newly released games from here on out and/or only on standard desktop speakers and/or relatively cheap headphones/headsets, I'd suggest sticking with onboard sound. If you like to dabble into past released titles and/or you have quality speakers and/or audio-grade stereo headphones, X-Fi 100% all of the way.
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Old August 10, 2010, 03:50 PM
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I think lots of you forgot that Azuntech uses the X-fi chips that are produced by Creative.... Although the other components on their sound cards are not.
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