Show of hands.... who still uses add in sound cards?

Burticus

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Who still uses sound cards? If you were building new today, would you bother?

I am still rocking my 15 whatever year old X-Fi titanium. But I don't even know if it would work with Win 11, and Daniel K hung up his hat on his hacked driver suite, I'm not sure Creative even supports it any more.

Seems like motherboard audio has come a LONG way since the bad old days. Also... HDMI kinda comes with sound baked in if you're going to a receiver.
 

Brian_B

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Haven't in a long time. I have considered an external DAC, which is pretty much a sound card, but haven't felt the need to make the jump.
 

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I switch between onboard and external when needed, and between audio interfaces (which are external soundcards) and external DACs.
 

MadMummy76

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I have an external sound card, because I have studio monitor speakers that only have balanced inputs, I don't think any integrated sound card will have TRS or XLR outputs.
 

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I have an external sound card, because I have studio monitor speakers that only have balanced inputs, I don't think any integrated sound card will have TRS or XLR outputs.
Nearly all studio monitors will take an unbalanced input just fine, and you can get stereo 1/8" to dual mono 1/4" cables (or whatever adapters) to hook them up.

But then it wouldn't be balanced, and well, audio interfaces are as cheap as Creative likes to sell sound cards.
 

Peter_Brosdahl

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My last card, still in a closet on a shelf, was a SoundBlaster for the old P4 build. It was the 2nd card for that build that lasted around 5-7 years. That was the first time I got to experience 24/196 audio. At the time I didn't have any receivers with HDMI and was using its optical port for hi-res audio to various receivers. There was a brief period with the 1st card that I used all the analog out ports but that was a bit of an PIA. It was retired with the 1st core2quad rig, a floor model Gateway FX7026 that I purchased ($900 with 2x HDDs already in RAID0), that had optical built-in. Not long after that I fully switched to HDMI with NVIDIA cards and newer receivers.

I've thought about an external DAC as well for the laptop since it's connected to a decent pair of speakers that have numerous input options right now but I doubt that'll happen.

I think, for gaming, soundcards are a niche within a niche type of thing at this point. I can see them being more useful for content creators though or those with extremely high-end speakers or headphones.
 

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I still have a Creative Audigy Rx that I bought many years ago, I don't even know why, but have not used once.
 

Niner51

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Last sound card I used was a Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music (I believe that is what it was called). It served me well for a long time, then I switched over to onboard again since it has come a long way. Currently since I got the LG CX I just use the Nvidia sound via HDMI through the TV.
 
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