Originally Posted by gsferrari
I havent noticed any issues with USB overhead and honestly...in this day and age...with the USB2.0 drivers...if you complain about USB overhead then it is time to revamp your system.
Actually I don't think I fully agree with this assesment. The USB architecture - 2.0 or otherwise - relies on CPU cycles to make it work (much more than Firewire for example). Since sound is constantly being produced in most games - there would be constant extra CPU utilization going on that in a non-USB sound card solution simply would not exist.
So all things being equal - it would be logical to use a non-USB sound card solution when possible - regardless of the notebook/desktop you own. I am not saying there is no room for a USB sound card solution – as there are certainly valid reasons to go that route i.e. ease of moving between different computers and ease of hooking up (one less cord going to your notebook since the USB sound card could plug into a USB port replicator). I am still considering getting a USB solution since it would eliminate an extra cord going to my notebook which makes it more convenient to unhook from my home configuration. However there IS a performance hit involved that some people may not be comfortable with.