I have onboard sound right now and my Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro will be here in a week. Will the load lifted from the CPU for sound really increase FPS at all? Ive heard yes and Ive heard no.
If you currently use AC'97 (onboard) audio, then yes, you may notice a slight increase in performance, as the software is unloaded from the RAM and the hardware takes over audio processing.
If you don't use onboard audio, then the sound data is being processed by hardware anyway, so the performance will be exactly the same as it was before you installed that new Audigy.
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
Technically, yes. Because the main processor no longer has to process the sound, it will have more time for the games themselves. However, if you have a powerful processor anyway, it probably won't make much difference. You'll definately notice better quality sound, though.
I do use AC'97 Sound 5.1
Then you should notice a slight improvement, as the load is removed from your CPU.
As Reven said, your sound quality will also improve drastically.
A GOOD SOUND CARD IS VERY IMPORTANT: If u use more than stereo even more so 5.1 encoding on say onboard sound really slows up your system, get this creative's new range (THE X-FI SERIES) have a special gaming 'FPS EDITION' with live drive which comes with a wopping '64meg' onboard the sound card....This will help with those samples, a fine example of music making things go slow on occasion is in say GTA: San Andreas when u are playing large Mp3 tracks of ur own (and the track changes), creative say this will increase performance without using hardly any cpu power for samples in game....I got an Augigy 2 zs this year and i went from using ASUS A8N SLI DELUXE's OWN ONBOARD C-Media AC'97 although it was 7.1 the new card's increase was instantly recognisable, it seems that a good 'Sound Card' is as important or becoming as important as a 'Graphics Card'....That and the fact that games without hardware sound option, were crackling when too much was going on in a game, u will be doing urself a favour buying a good sound device, in terms of both games and listening to media on ur computer.... SNIPERMikeUK:)
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SNIPERMikeUKit seems that a good 'Sound Card' is as important or becoming as important as a 'Graphics Card'
i wouldnt go that far, it matters to a certian extent. also depends on the system and game being played.
yes, moce sound prosscing from cpu an mother board crap to a seprit prosscur on the sound card.
People say I post too much
12th February 2004
erm, lewb, WTF?
By getting any PCI sound card your going to get better performance. You take a load off of your processor and free up more ram. By getting the Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS your going to really see more of a performance boost and get A LOT better sound. It be more clear and hear things you never herd before in games.