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Old 03-21-01, 09:46 PM
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Are they bad? I know to stay away from integrated videocards but what about soundcards?
The MB I'm going to get is the Asus CUV4X and it has an onboard soundcard...I think its called AC97 by Cirrus Logic.

I will be playing games but I'm not going to be listening in surround sound or anything like that. I'm just going to be listening in stereo using my Yamaha computer speakers.
Will I need to upgrade in my case then?
Will I hear any benefits from upgrading separate card like the SoundBlaster 128?
Old 03-22-01, 01:26 AM
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the sound is ok. i prefer the sb live and 4 speakers or the new 5.1. but if you do not need that then it will work fine.
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My motherboard has integrated AC97 sound, and it's perfectly acceptable. I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference from a "proper" soundcard if you're just listening through cheap stereo speakers.
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Yea, computer speakers generally suck, so you won't notice any difference in sound quality with a cheaper sound card (if there even is a difference). The only thing you lose is 3D environmental effects that come with a LIVE! card. They are actually pretty cool if done right.
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Try it out first. Later you can always disable the on-board sound via the BIOS and add a soundcard. When you make the jump, I would go for something like the SB Live! rather than the SB128 though; especially if you're a gamer, play CDs/MP3s, or upgrade your speakers.

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