Using integrated motherboard sound?

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Using integrated motherboard sound?

Postby Mr Beverage » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:51 pm

Hi All,
I'm thinking of upgrading my system and was wondering if anyone has tried using the integrated sound that comes on a high end gaming motherboard?
I think the sound quality on the latest gaming boards has come a long way. Has anyone tried it?
How did it sound compared to dedicated sound cards/interfaces such as E-MU 0404 USB? or even an Audigy 2 sound card?
Also, Is anyone gigging with Win 10, 64 bit system?
Thanks much,
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Re: Using integrated motherboard sound?

Postby evilantal » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:57 am

It's not so much the sound quality that makes using an audio interface a necessity.
The external audio interface unloads your computer's processor from the calculations needed to process the audio. See it as a tiny second computer that only handles audio calculations. It's a performance issue, not a sound quality issue.

The more plugins you use at the same time and the lower latency you play at, the more necessary an interface becomes.

Though, if you only use a few CPU light plugins (like Synth1 or some such), it shouldn't be a problem using ASIO4ALL drivers.
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Re: Using integrated motherboard sound?

Postby Mr Beverage » Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:16 pm

Ah, I see. So any dedicated sound card (PCI or USB) has a dedicated processor. The integrated sound chips still must use the main CPU for processing sounds (digital to analog converting)? That makes sense.
Thanks much.

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