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20. Re: soundcards Jan 20, 2007, 16:22 CJ_Parker
 
There is a discussion about the performance difference between onboard and an X-Fi card here:

http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=Vista&message.id=4345

and some benchmarks can be found here:

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2871&p=17

The only game where the X-Fi makes a real "difference" (if you can call it that looking at the +10% gain) is BF2. In all other games that were tested, the difference is totally negligible. I really don't see a reason to spend cash on an X-Fi unless you're a musician or composer or a hardcore audiophile with an *excellent* 5.1 or 7.1 *high quality* sound system that cost a few hundred bucks. For "just" gaming and regular gaming sound systems (4.1/5.1/6.1/7.1) in the $80 - $150 range, onboard sound is certainly good enough.

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