Realtek ALC based audio is considered pretty good overall from what I’ve read. Jan 15, Audigy 2, and I did verify the windows volume adjustments were up on the soundmax. ProfessorKaos64 , Jan 7, Only really true if you have speakers capable of reproducing the differences that a good soundcard can produce.

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Computer motherboards often provide a connector to bring microphone and headphone signals to the computer’s front panel.

Matthew KaneJan 11, Yes, my password is: When the plug is inserted, the isolated switch inside the jack informs the motherboard, and the codec sends audio to the headphones.

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That’s the audio hardware on the P6X58D and from what I’ve heard in my games, movies and music connected optically to my Zs I agree. Consequently, a loud audio passage may make the HDA motherboard with AC’97 dongle believe that headphones and microphones are being plugged and unplugged hundreds of times per second. Webarchive template wayback links Articles containing potentially dated statements from All articles containing potentially dated statements All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from November Retrieved 14 January Whether or not that and some of the other features of your X-fi make it worth it to you to put it in is up to you.


Jan 4, 6. Interfaces are listed by their speed in the roughly ascending order, so the interface at the end of each section should be the fastest.

Also, I have Logitech Zs. Jan 4, 4.

GorankarJan 19, The only thing i can recommend you at the moment is to run Windows Update to see if any drivers related to your mother board are found, if it does and you are lucky Realtek High Definition Audio Driver should show up as well,then install them. Spend money on gear that makes a difference. Sell the X-fi to a noob.

X-Fi over onboard anyday, if you cant hear the difference you must be deaf or in denial. I use a Yamaha receiver and 5. Jan 4, 3.

Jan 19, Build does not need modding for full support. Forums Search Forums Recent Posts. Most motherboards digital HD audio is realtivly good nowadays, unless you have a heavy load from a workstation class program or do some heavy sound mixing, I’d stick with current motherboard audio, it has carried a bad name in the past, but on decent boards, is actually quite nice.

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Unfortunately, the “hardcore gamer” industry has brainwashed people into thinking that good speakers are crap like the Logitech Z’s. The overall clarity improvement better microphone and headphone amplification is the way to go.

Realtek High Definition Audio drivers R2. Jan 7, It is strongly recommended that motherboard designers only use Intel HD Audio analog front panel dongles with the Intel HD Audio analog front panel header to insure that the jack detection and dynamic re-tasking capability is preserved. However, as of [update]most audio hardware manufacturers did not implement the full specification, especially bit sampling resolution. Intel High Definition Audio also called HD Audio or development codename Azalia is a specification for the audio sub-system of personal computers.


Anybody have any idea how to enable audio hardware acceleration in Vista or Windows 7, since Microsoft made a shitty move by removing it in the last 2 OS’s they released, theirs gotta be a way to enable it via a hack or so, anyone? In the AC’97 design, the audio output is always sent to the jack.

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Even though the actual audio hardware is HD Audio, it will allow using the AC’97 front panel that way. Not present, physical key.

If the headphones are not plugged in, the jack directs the audio to the return pins that are connected to the speakers.