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 Post subject: Question about why soundcards are going away.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:32 pm 
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This was posted here because MaxPC mentioned twice in this months mag that sound cards are going bye bye, but with no further discussion.

Why would game developers chose to create their own software sound solutions when hardware ones exist?

Isn't this off loading the work on the CPU and degrading the consumers gaming performace?

I need some answers please.....

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 1:57 pm 
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Onboard solutions are increasingly catching up to add-in cards (such as the Sound Blaster series). With CPUs getting more powerful and onboard solutions getting more advanced, add-in cards will have to stay one step ahead by bringing unique features to the table.

Then of course you have this kind of nonsense:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:14 pm 
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So they are referring to onboard audio taking over the majority of the soundcard market, not everyone opting for a software solution?

Isn't Nvidia dropping its sound division?

What makes this even more puzzling is the hit we have to take for onboard audio....clearly a soundcard is a better solution....to bad creatives drivers leave something to be desired.


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Onboard everything is becoming more popular, as CPUs and RAM are getting much faster, so we can afford to stick more load on them. Mobo manufacturers like Intel seem to be working on/have half decent solutions.


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