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AC97 vs anything

By sellmesanity
Aug 26, 2006
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  1. Is it true that any PCI card is better than any onboard solution? My epox-9npa+ ultra comes with this AC97 Realtek AKA Nvidia Audio onboard solution. Would the pci card make a huge difference in anything? I am planning to get a mid-range card like an Audigy or something and I want to know the benefits or if it is worth my time and money. Thanks.
  2. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,536   +318

    It's been a while since I use on-board audio, however my experience has always been there is a lot of difference if you want to play games or play music on a good set of PC speakers (anything like Logitech 2.1 speakers or better). Even a standard Audigy should prove way better than on-board... however I would still wait for more users input in this thread before you make up your mind.
  3. sellmesanity

    sellmesanity TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 268

    Thank you for responding, Julio. What about the technical aspects and advantages of getting a PCI sound card? Does it help the CPU perform substantially better in games? Has anyone had onboard and went to PCI and noticed an improvement in performance anywhere?
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