Soundcard and motherboard

By reysanglenn
Mar 31, 2014
  1. Hi, I'm building a PC right here, I use GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD5H motherboard, it has 8 Channel Audio there. So, there is 8 Channel Audio on board in the motherboard. Should I add a soundcard for audio recording etc?? or I can use the 8 Channel Audio on board?

    thank you so much!
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,343   +562

    The built in Audio system should be more than enough for even the higher recording needs. The on board audio on any high end board normally out shines most Audio cards in this day and age unless you go for the Very expensive high grade ones.

    I would just use the on board.
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  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,155   +943

    I would still recommend a standalone sound card to anyone in the professional field since the drivers are usually more professional oriented and are usually higher quality. The hardware is also usually more high end and higher quality components are used.

    @reysanglenn Are you in the professional field? If not, then @GhostRyder is right and the default one is fine. If you are a professional however, what is your price range for a soundcard?
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  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,343   +562

    But even if you are going professional, unless you spend a ton the on board ones are still usually better in general whether or not the software is good. Especially on a gigabyte Z87 board the on board audio is pretty top notch.
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  5. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,155   +943

    Definitely, but any professional whose career relies on them producing audio definitely wants to invest in a sound card.
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  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,343   +562

    Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh I guess, but the amount of sound cards out there that are actually worth paying for the extra feature set or higher quality have gotten slimmer. I mean so many laptops just for instance come with a sound card handing out 5.1 surround sound and thats just on a mobile platform. Looking at desktops, the high boards always come with something like a RealTek Audio controller that will handle all your audio needs even on the recording or higher spectrum.

    Ive seen so many tests lately about audio cards including Linus Tech Tips where they talk about the quality of sound cards versus on board and you just get to the point where they are exactly the same or better with the motherboard unless you spend quite alot and get a true professional grade card.
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  7. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,155   +943

    Yeah you pose some good points.
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  8. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,547   +253

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