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Best Sound Card for Windows 7

By MattyS
Apr 4, 2010
  1. Anyone recommend a good sound card with 7.1 support for about £80? Im not sure what to get.

    Matt
     
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,167   +37

    Many say that the onboard sound has become very good in the last few years and a sound card isn't needed. Creative's fiasco with poor driver/tech support and other dubious actions hasn't helped.

    However there are some good options and depending on what you want to do such as Asus, etc. One compnayy that I really like is HT Omega. I don't know where to link for the UK nor do I know if you can purchase or if they fit your budget but here is a link for you to at least become familiar with their offerings:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...E&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=ht omega
     
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    Acer (Gateway/Emachine), HP all seem to be using Realtek HD 7.1 sound chips with HDMI. No real issues but make sure they're updated. So look for PCI or PCI-E (better) with Realtek HD 7.1 sound.
     
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I haven't encountered any bad Creative drivers... using an X-Fi Titanium with Win7 ultimate and it's working perfectly; sounds amazing. Hard to not recommend.
     
  5. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

  6. mustmm

    mustmm TS Rookie

    X-Fi Titanium with Win7 ultimate.
    this is a good ideal.
     
  7. MattyS

    MattyS TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Has creative drivers improved because i used them in the past and the drivers was not that good at all.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,933   +167

    Yes the Creative drivers have improved greatly over the last couple of years... but so has on-board sound :)
     
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