I have a quick question about which is better the On board sound on a new Motherboard (Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R) versus an older SoundBlaster Audigy Platinum Ex sound card.
It would make since to me that the sound on the MB would be better since it is newer by a number of years, but I have always read that on board sound is typically lousy in comparison to a dedicated sound card, (spec for both are listed below)
I like the Audigy because it has an external box which I can sit on my desk to connect other devices to, but I want the best sound. If you recommend going with the On board sound does anyone know of a good quality device that I can mount in a 5 inch drive bay to allow me to route the various sound ports from the MB to the front of the case?
On board sound specs for the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard
- Realtek ALC889A codec
- High Definition Audio
- Support for S/PDIF In/Out
- Support for CD In
That pretty much all the specs listed for the board.
SB Audigy Platinum eX specs
Sound Output Mode 5.1 channel surround
Sound Synthesis Method Wavetable , E-mu Systems
DAC Data Width 32-bit
Sample Rate 8 KHz (min) - 48 KHz (max)
Voice Polyphony Qty 128
MIDI Channels Qty 48
Response Bandwidth 10 - 22000 Hz
Max Speakers Qty 6
Features EAX , EAX ADVANCED HD , Dolby Digital ready
Compliant Standards AC '97 , A3D 1.0 , General MIDI , Sound Blaster , Dolby Digital 5.1
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Slots Total (Free) None
Interfaces 1 x Audio - Line-in - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone mono 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Audio - Line-out/headphones - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Audio - Line-out (rear) - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Audio - SPDIF input - 2 pin digital audio - 1 , 1 x Audio - Auxiliary - 4 pin MPC - 1 , 1 x Audio - TAD - 4 pin MPC - 1 , 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 pin FireWire - 1 , 2 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 pin FireWire - 2 , 1 x Audio - 44 pin HD D-Sub (HD-44) - 1 , 1 x Audio - SPDIF input - RCA - 1 , 1 x Audio - SPDIF output - RCA - 1 , 1 x Audio - SPDIF input - Optical plug 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Audio - SPDIF output - Optical plug 3.5 mm - 1 , 1 x Headphones - Output - Phone stereo 6.25 mm - 1 , 1 x Microphone - Input - Phone mono 6.25 mm - 1 , 1 x Audio - Auxiliary - RCA - 2 , 1 x MIDI - Input - 5 pin mini-DIN - 1 , 1 x MIDI - Output - 5 pin mini-DIN - 1 , 1 x Audio - Input - 4 pin MPC - 1 , 1 x Daughterboard - 2