Older Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS card V. Worth using it still?

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  1. Ghostrider4450

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    I have an older Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS card and im wondering if its still useful for processing sound. The benefit I see is that it doesnt rely on the CPU for computations and actually uses on-board resources to process the Dolby Digital 7.1 sound.

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    Is the card worth re-using in a new build over on-board sound? So far Realtek has been less than adequate with their on-board shit.
     
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    Both of those options are crap. But just to not deal with shitty creative, then I would not use it.
     
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    use it
    dedicated card > onboard
    EAX > *
     
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    Is there a very small segment of the computer manufacturing industry that you do support? I have never had problems using 3rd party drivers with this card, let alone creative's. Isn't it worth keeping over most on-board sound options? Let alone the FPS gain you might see from freeing up the CPU? Or is this less significant with multi core CPUs?
     
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    I support a good sound card... like an m-audio, or someone recently told me mackie had some good new offerings.
     
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    Im not 100% sure that the newer cards are all-on-board. Most newer cards use the CPU to do a lot if not all of the processing and are nothing more than an overglorified I/O.
     
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    think what you want. I *would* run a newer m-audio or mackie solution... I would not run a creative.
     
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    if you are a die-hard audiophile, by all means get a better card
    if your problem is SB Audigy vs Realtek,... use the SB
    simple as that
     
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    If you aren't gonna do it right with a m-audio or mackie, then I'd say get something like the Chaintec AV-710. Too bad they don't make it any more....

    Good news is that M-Audio does make chips based on the same VIA Envy24 chipset for $58 on newegg. If you want a step up, then you can get the 7.1 Envy24HT version for $90.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Audio drivers just don't seem to work so hot with windows.

    That's one thing I'm jealous of macs for. I've got a Presonus Firestudio, and the firewire driver causes blue screens.
    I just recently got the newest driver from Presonus, but i'm so tired of messing around with it that I haven't installed it yet.

    Plug the same unit into a mac, and it works right from day one.
     
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    That card isn't that old. It's not like sound cards advance by leaps and bounds like video cards do. I say use it; it's better than onboard. Buy something better if/when you feel like it.
     
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    I had an audigy 2 ZS back when I upgraded to an Intel D915PBLL and the onboard audio was much better.
     
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    It's funny because there's a tool in the macshack that says m-audio sucks and presonus rules on windows. What a fucking idiot. He kept going on about how he does $70k setups. :rolleyes:

    Honestly, M-Audio has been rock-solid for me in Windows.


    Alesis, however, was not.
     
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    I remember that. And that was a firewire unit too, iirc?
     
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    yes.
     
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    Eh, I wasn't planning on spending extra $$$ on a dedicated sound card anyways, so its either this or on-board. Im just looking to maximize computer performance, while getting better sound than you would find in any on board sound option.
     
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    i have found onboard on a good mobo to surpass that of the audigy.
     

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