Originally Posted by Doc.Caliban
There we go, that's info I didn't know, and that's why I didn't make any references to our systems directly. So how about this Intel HD Audio onboard stuff that was supposedly part of the latest Centrino spec? That, and the new version of Card Bus (PCMCIA) were supposed to be "optional" components in a Centrino system. From what I heard, which was relatively little, it's supposed to be really, really good stuff.
I'll have to research those
I've found one article comparing the Intel HD audio with the Audigy, but the charts are a little confusing to me. It looks like the newer sound solutions don't impact performance an awful lot, though.http://www.anandtech.com/multimedia/...px?i=2338&p=10
Here's an old article - keep in mind the ALC650 is another AC97 codec.
It does show a 15% drop in performance keeping it enabled "back in the day".http://www.twitchguru.com/2003/04/05...mes/page4.html
I've had quite a few desktop motherboards (4-5 at this point) with different flavors of AC97, and I've never been very impressed with it unfortunately. I always found myself disabling onboard sound and slapping the trusty old Live! 5.1 back in after a few months every time. Usually resulted in a performance increase I actually noticed. Every time, I thought to myself "why didn't I do this sooner"? The most recent time I've done this and noticed an improvement was over the summer, in an A64 + 6600GT + 1GB RAM system (just for reference).
That was when I found that a strange combination of Nvidia + WoW + TeamSpeak caused severe graphical artifacting in game using it (you have no idea how much frustration was involved in discovering such an unlikely issue). I exchanged a brand new video card, motherboard, reformatted, AND reinstalled several times before I figured it all out. I haven't used TS since, so I never confirmed if it did the same thing with the Live!, but it's still a good example of how sound can sometimes cause VERY strange results.
I remember it driving me insane because it would ONLY happen in Molten Core. We were required to use TS for raids, so every time I'd get in the zone and log into TS, the artifacting would start up. I thought the zone files were corrupted, so I reinstalled. Then I thought the video card might be overheating, so I exchanged the video card, then the motherboard.. I finally noticed that when I wasn't on TS, I had no problems. Luckily, we use Ventrilo now (no idea why I don't have issues with that).
Yup, bigtime rambling.