Can A Sound Card Increase FPS? 19 replies

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Locomotor

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#11 13 years ago

I use an extremely crappy PCI sound card, an old Auriel or something, I plan on buying a 2 ZS when I upgrade though. Well, thanks for the info. I planned on sticking with onboard sound when I upgrade, but now I'll have to reconsider.




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#12 13 years ago

I have a SB live 5.1. It is very good for its price point even though it is ousted by the adugy 2 ZS. I could not tell a differnce in performance since I got the sound card with my ram and a 9600pro.

It is alot better sounding though, I could tell when I started windows up.




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#13 13 years ago

This may be to late now but if you can get the X-Fi instead of the Audigy 2 ZS. Its a lot better in sound than the ZS. Its creative new chipset. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102188




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#14 13 years ago

I would pick the card I got over that card by far. I got the Audigy2 ZS Plat Pro. A $212.00 card for $112.00 because of the $100.00 mail in rebate; the rebate doesnt work anymore though it expired.




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#15 13 years ago
AgentlaidlawThis may be to late now but if you can get the X-Fi instead of the Audigy 2 ZS. Its a lot better in sound than the ZS. Its creative new chipset. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829102188

Those things look nice. They actually have been shown to help by a few percent. Tom's did a review on them and it gave 5 to 6 more FPS in their games vs onboard audio. They said the headphones listing was very good.

Eh I am happy with my live! 5.1 card now:).




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#16 13 years ago

Same here I'm happy with my ZS 2. But in the near future, X-Fi is on my list :)




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#17 13 years ago

Sinces soundcards have more than 6 months between generations, unlike videocards of today, I was going to get a ZS2, but now that the X-Fi has come along I shall wait.




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#18 13 years ago

If you're on a lower end to mid-range pc (say...2.2 ghz or slower and 512 mb of ram or less), you might get a boost in FPS if you have a sound card that has its own DSP (Digital Sound Processor). Most ppl tend to over look this feature when buying a sound card. Especially those of us who really want every ounce of juice from our cpus and free up every byte of ram space. Now an audigy 1 is nice and dandy, but it doesn't feature a DSP. Audigy 2 Value Gamer edition is a repackaged Audigy 1 basically, so once again no DSP. My suggestion, don't go for top of the line sound cards (unless you really really want it and can afford it), just buy one that features a DSP offers good sound/surround sound for a decent price. Becuase within a year, that top of the line sound card you bought just became 2nd, 3rd, or even out of date (change of interface slot). Like when PCI-Es become standard, and both agp and pci are out.




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#19 13 years ago
}CL{DaemonC}TG{If you're on a lower end to mid-range pc (say...2.2 ghz or slower and 512 mb of ram or less), you might get a boost in FPS if you have a sound card that has its own DSP (Digital Sound Processor). Most ppl tend to over look this feature when buying a sound card. Especially those of us who really want every ounce of juice from our cpus and free up every byte of ram space. Now an audigy 1 is nice and dandy, but it doesn't feature a DSP. Audigy 2 Value Gamer edition is a repackaged Audigy 1 basically, so once again no DSP.

Incorrect. All standalone sound cards feature their own DSP: the only question to ask is whether or not that DSP supports the features you want. Anymore, when it comes to games, it's largely a question of what generation of onboard EAX you demand.




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#20 13 years ago
AgentlaidlawBy 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.

this makes me want to install my sound card i have laying around. *runs to t3h junkpile to find it*




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