Simple case of onboard audio getting to the point where its 'good enough' for the vast majority of users, leaving the sound card market to the audiophile snobs who (think) they can tell the difference to the point of spending extra money, is a worthwhile pursuit.
..and 'Audiophile snobs' are in the top tier of snobs, when it comes to such things.
If you think GPU's are 'expensive', then you need to step into the world of high end audio, to learn the true meaning of the word.
It has been, enough to support 3 different AIB makers plus all the external DACs.Sound quality on todays MB's is so good I stopped buying sound cards. I'm sure if you're into making, editing, and listening to music, etc. they are a great advantage .... but is that enough to carry the market?
Well, it wasn't a review, but if I included my (highly) subjective thoughts comparing a discrete sound card, against an onboard CODEC, heatsets, USB audio, etc, what would that really tell you?I did find it interesting that the reviewer never said that he'd actually compared the sound from one of these cards and the sound from his motherboard and thought the card sounded better.
Agreed. This article is woefully incomplete without looking at at least a few real world examples and using objective metrics, or at least describing a subjective experience, to compare integrated vs dedicated sound cards. I find myself coming away from this article with more questions than answers. What about surround sound setups? Are dedicated cards able to withstand the vibration produced from GPUs with no adverse affect? What level of speakers do you need before you notice a difference? Are 2.1 channel $200 THX certified speakers good enough, or do you really have to go high-end in audio to make a difference? Speaking of THX certified, what do they have to say on the subject?Perhaps if someone else is paying AND you work in audio AND the rest of your audio equipment is great AND your ears are good enough to tell the difference then it MIGHT be worth it. I did find it interesting that the reviewer never said that he'd actually compared the sound from one of these cards and the sound from his motherboard and thought the card sounded better.
I have been wondering about this for a while.HDMI from my gpu, so no need even for onboard audio...