On-Board audio

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Gouk

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#1
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?
 

Tabula Rasa

Stranger Than Kindness
Political User
#2
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
 

Sazar

F@H - Is it in you?
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#4
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...
 
X

XP Abuser

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#5
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
 
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dadx2mj

Guest
#6
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.
 
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mbunny

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#7
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)
 
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Graphite

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#8
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?
 

shoulin

OSNN Addict
#9
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
 

Smokie

A Proud Australian
#10
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.
 

Shamus MacNoob

OSNN Veteran Addict
Political User
#12
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
 

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