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Having a sound card for dedicated sound processing is missing the point entirely. For at least 5 years CPUs have been fast enough for that. You want a sound card for these reasons: - High quality DAC (digital-to-analog converters) - Low noise level (no hiss in your headphones when not doing anything) - Low inteference (otherwise you can actually hear your current CPU and hard disk usage! Interesting, but irritating) Onboard sound cards are probably still crap on all three points, especially inteference. A nice pair of headphones is a total waste of money with an onboard sound card, because the low quality DAC, high noise level and inteference more than negate the headphone quality.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2011 on Who Needs a Sound Card, Anyway? at Coding Horror
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