When almost every motherboard comes with decent onboard audio, is there any need to buy a sound card? To resolve this conundrum, we weigh up all the facts. The answer may surprise you.
#ThrowBackThursday Buying a sound card has always felt more like a gamble than an investment to me. At the same time, I know audio snobs with thousands in equipment and all-FLAC libraries, and I'd like to believe they aren't delusional – surely there's something to be experienced beyond my basic setup. But I mean, just how much better can music, movies and games sound? Enough to prevent buyer's remorse?