Integrated Audio Realtec ALC850 on asus A8N-E or add soundcard?

By detrunks
Jan 1, 2006
  1. :confused: I'm getting the above mb but have heard that integrated audio is ALWAYS worse than a seperate soundcard - can anyone confirm this?

    Is even a basic soundcard (such as creative soundblaster live 5.1) going to be better?

    any help would be much appriciated :grinthumb
  2. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435


    It depends on what speakers you're using, and how demanding your audio tastes are. I have an ASUS P5P800, with onboard ADI AD1985 audio. When I installed the mobo, I checked out the onboard through my Logitech x530 5.1 speaker system. It seemed adequate, but not as crisp as my Audigy 2ZS card.

    My personal opinion is that a good quality soundcard outperforms the onboards that I have heard, and I DO love my music. :D
  3. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    thx 4 reply, but the ZS is not what I'd call a basic card. Would you say onboard sound is the same as a basic card (under £15)?
    (p.s. I also have the same speakers!)
  4. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435

    don't know the conversion to Pounds, but I started of with a MadDog Predator 5.1 card (about$25 USD) that was better than the onboard I had at the time, but that was AC97 audio. I am not familiar with the onboard on your mobo, and would hate to say for sure. Also, check out Turtle Beach cards. Economical, good features for the money. I have a Catalina, supports up to 7.1. It was about $50 USD. (I'd give ya the MadDog for the shipping,if you like-if the shipping over there isn't more than you'd pay for the card)
  5. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    thats' a really kind offer :D but I reckon your experience basically means the basic card is better and I can get hold of one cheaper than the shipping - thx for your help!
  6. hewybo

    hewybo TS Maniac Posts: 435


    Happy to help. Listen loudly, and long! Happy New Year!! :bounce:
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