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Subject: Sound Card for FPS Games
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Vic G Jul 12, 2017 02:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Hello everyone, i'm a player CS:GO and Battlefield 1 and i'm using the integrated audio of my mainboard, i wonder if i should get a better Audio card for advantages or differences. I don't understand anything while looking at sound cards specs, someone can tell me which one to buy if i have to? (i have a 70€ 7.1 Gaming Headphones from logitech)

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Spork™ Jul 12, 2017 02:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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If you really want to get better audio. Do not use 7.1 simulated headphones.
You will not get proper soundfield.

Stereo will always give you much better sense on your surroundings. Just like you have only 2 ears.
Depending on your mobo, the onboard will be fine. It is just the headphones you want.

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Yoinkerman Jul 12, 2017 02:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Your integrated sound is likely fine

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Vic G Jul 12, 2017 02:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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thank to both of you, i'll set the driver setting to stereo next time i boot my pc, i'm still learning much things!

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Spork™ Jul 12, 2017 04:23 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Bass heavy or lots of bass is also bad.
You want more clarity and detail to be able to hear shots being fired. Bass just muffles sound around you.

What I use for FPS competition is my Superlux 668B $40 + Audiotrak Prodigy Cube USB DAC $100

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stevenswilson Jul 12, 2017 04:29 PM Reply | Bookmark
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If your headphones have a USB connection, I strongly suspect they're acting as the sound card without any input from your onboard.

Nothing will change that so long as you're using that type of headphone.

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NArkshaRK Jul 13, 2017 10:42 AM Reply | Bookmark
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The age of soundcards for audio quality is over. The realistic exceptions exist as a handful of particular situations involving either a lack of needed connectors (uncommon for most people) or weird hardware problems such as electrically noisy electronics being too close to your sound chip on your motherboard.

If you want better sound quality these days, focus on getting good headphones/speakers, and if needed, a headphone amplifier.

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jakeElwood Jul 13, 2017 05:04 PM Reply | Bookmark
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My Audigy2 is still noticeably better than on-board. It is probably not better than the newest higher-end on-board though.

Get that soundcard that lets you hear things before they happen for that advantage

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TheGreatGazoo™ Jul 14, 2017 08:43 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (jakeElwood @ Jul 13 2017, 05:04 PM)

My Audigy2 is still noticeably better than on-board


My ZxR is the same - better than the onboard my Z97-Deluxe has. And it's better than the decoder built-into the Logitech Z906 speaker's control box I have as well. I run analog from the ZxR to the Logitech. The ZxR has Burr-Brown DACs on it which have always been my favorite for that warm full rich sound.

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Mr. Friendly™ Jul 14, 2017 09:17 AM Reply | Bookmark
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best upgrade you can get is a headphone DAC. look at something like the Audioquset Firefly or Meridian Explorer2.

I had the Explorer1 and it was great. using wireless now, so can't take advantage of DAC's now.

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Entz Jul 14, 2017 10:01 AM Reply | Bookmark
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It is a bit of a balance as well. If your headphones are bad then it likely wont matter what you connect them to.

There is a pretty noticeable difference between the DAC on my external DAC and onboard (same amp) but x79 was ages ago and I am a bit picky.

Edit: More coffee less

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Greg * NCIX.com Jul 14, 2017 12:08 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (NArkshaRK @ Jul 13 2017, 10:42 AM)

The realistic exceptions exist as a handful of particular situations involving either a lack of needed connectors (uncommon for most people) or weird hardware problems such as electrically noisy electronics being too close to your sound chip on your motherboard.

I have to agree. Unless you're noticing interference from your system, decent onboard sound is good enough for 95% of the population. Last time I used a dedicated sound card was roughly 10 years ago (my PC's onboard made noise every time the mouse moved).

If you're an audiophile looking for perfect sound for playing your music, yeah, go with a high end sound card instead.

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