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Realtek AC'97 vs Sound Blaster Live! CT4780

By Technochicken
May 28, 2009
  1. I have an old Sound Blaster Live! CT4780, pulled from a very old dell, and I was wondering how the quality would compare to my current integrated AC'97 Audio.
     
  2. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

  3. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

  4. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    What operating system was on the old machine and which one do you have on yours now?

    Generally sound cards are better then integrated audio (sometimes by a slight difference).

    There seems to be a few of the Sound Blaster Live CT4780 that have 5.1 surround sound, if so then that would definitely be a lot better :)
     
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    The old machine was windows 98.

    I believe my os and other specs are in my profile, and there is a quick link under my details on the right of my posts :)

    It is the 5.1 version, but that does not necessarily mean it is better, as it is over 8 years old, and my current one is a year and a half old.
     
  6. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    Haha,

    I'd probably say that Vista won't support that card and since its 8 years

    I'd stick with the integrated sound :)

    Sorry! Didn't realise it was that old >.<
     
  7. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    Well, the manufacturer still has the drivers on it's website. But it would probably not make too much of a difference quality wise, and wouldn't be worth the hastle.
     
  8. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    Why not buy a more recent soundblaster?, I just went from my onboard to a 5.1 XFI for rather cheap actually

    Would never go back, I'm in love with it :)
     
  9. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    Well, the problem with buying things, is that it costs money...:D

    Anyway, I was only asking because I found it burried in my box of old computer parts when I was cleaning it out.
     
  10. gamerex

    gamerex TS Enthusiast Posts: 151

    There's no harm in trying it out. With Vista, it shouldn't cause any problems with having two sound cards.
     
  11. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    Are there Vista drivers for it though?
     
  12. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    It has xp, but no vista, so it might work, but no guarantees. From reading some other forums, it seems people also have issues when you have over 2 gigs of ram.
     
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