On-Board audio

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Gouk, Sep 24, 2002.

  1. Gouk

    Gouk Guest

    My friend has a PC which has a AMD Athlon 1.4GHz CPU and a GIGABYTE GA-7DX motherboard which has onboard audio.

    He wants me to ask you how much of a performance decrease is there using on-board audio as opposed to using a PCI sound card like an Audigy?

    Does it stress the CPU? If so, how much?
     
  2. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Stranger Than Kindness Political User

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    All i know is that Onboard audio and video tends to have crappy preformance and even whorse it tends to break down really fast. once its gone you need a PCI card anyway, so I sugest buying a PCI card right away :D
     
  3. Gouk

    Gouk Guest

    Thx Benny.

    Can anyone else provide a more verbose answer? :D
     
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    onboard should not affect performance actually because you have a separate piece of hardware running your sound for you... you have separate controllers for the on board audio so I see no reason for there to be a cpu hit...

    besides... consider that to run the sound the cpu is being used even with a pci or CNR slot card... therefore the cpu hit is probably LESS for onboard since it is integrated into the hardware of your mobo :)

    of course this is from personal experience... I was using onboard and now am using and audigy gamer... and there is no discernible difference in any of my pcmark2002 benches that I have run...
     
  5. XP Abuser

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    i would say it uses less resources and i dont think the sound is much different to dedicated sound but maybe thats cuz i have permanent ear drum damage from loud music
     
  6. dadx2mj

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    I think a lot depends on the chip that the onboard sound uses. I have a Soyo Dragon + with the C-Media onboard sound. When I first built the rig I was planning on putting my SBLive in it. That is until I heard the quality of the C-Media sound. I notice no more of a hit on the CPU resources and the sound is better than the SBLive was. I especially noticed this in games where I would hear things that I never heard with the SBLive. Onboard sound has come a long ways from where it first started.
     
  7. mbunny

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    Using onboard sound actually does affect performance. It needs to draw a few cycles from your CPU to actually play the sound but in general, Onboard sound is CRAP. I don't know about you but even a cheap Creative Vibra 128 has better sound quality than an onboard sound. (unless we're talking about the nForce onboard... 5.1 Channel Dolby Certified)
     
  8. Graphite

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    My onboard sound has always been there for me. As far as it pulling away from the processor, I havn't really noticed anything. From what i know about it, its running of a different chipset and shouldn't affect performance.
    I'm actually about ready to start shopping for a sound card, whats some opinions on Soundblaster cards vs. a TB Santa Cruz?
     
  9. shoulin

    shoulin OSNN Addict

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    Graphite - get a sb live, the drivers are kick ass now (the audgity drivers still bite) .... and they are dirt cheap now... white box for $38 i think

    hehe check it out all the lives are the same card just bundled with different softwear
     
  10. Smokie

    Smokie A Proud Australian

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    I used to use a Creative Live soundcard until I bought a m/board with onboard sound and to tell you the truth, I didn't notice a great deal of difference in the quality of the sound.

    I am happy with the onboard sound.
     
  11. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Onboard sound is getting to the point of not being able to tell the difference on the newer boards. :)
     
  12. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    True Stereo

    On board sound workd fine but what was a let down was the one plug out to speakers that I had on mine.
    It sounded ok but when I installed my sound card and added a second pair of altec lansing speakers well hell no contest its now true stereo and four speakers
    :D


    what ? what ? I cant hear you let me turn this down a little lolol
     
  13. Hipster Doofus

    Hipster Doofus Good grief Charlie Brown

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    Hey Kermit. The music got turned off ages ago. [​IMG]
     
  14. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    LOL hey hip wassssssssssup

    must be those damn voices in my head again!!!


    :p :p :p