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    Question Onboard ALC 887

    How good or bad onboard realtek ALC 887 chip?
    I am planing using it for listening to music.

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    Re: Onboard ALC 887

    It's ok. Not horrible or anything. I use a M-audio Revolution 7.1, which does blow it away, however. It is just more dynamic. The onboard is far better than the old days, however. It is not full of noise or distortion, just lacking a bit in clarity and dynamic range. IMHO of coures!

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    Re: Onboard ALC 887

    Quote Originally Posted by John C View Post
    It's ok. Not horrible or anything. I use a M-audio Revolution 7.1, which does blow it away, however. It is just more dynamic. The onboard is far better than the old days, however. It is not full of noise or distortion, just lacking a bit in clarity and dynamic range. IMHO of coures!
    Agree.. the "onboard" sound is not as horrible as days past where it used to sound like monkey butt and use a tonne of CPU cycles. I'd still recommend a dedicated card over onboard even for casual music listeners and gamers. Heck, I got the CL X-Fi Extreme Gamer in my main rig for $20 at Frys.. no rebate.. out the door. The M-audio has a good lineup also. Heck, I have an old Chaintech av-710 AV-710 in my garage MP3 Station hooked via the optical that has a Wolfson DAC and I'm able to get bit-perfect digital out using kernal streaming/asio from it... paid all of $10 retail for it back in the day.

    Anyway... onboard aint that bad.. but if you use sound at all look for a decent dedicated card. You won't regret it.

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    Re: Onboard ALC 887

    The easy answer is this:

    If you spend serious money on your speakers/headphones, you should buy a sound card. If you just have wal mart / best buy speakers or headphones, on board will work for you.
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    Re: Onboard ALC 887

    The only problems I have with onboard sound is the gain never seems high enough. Maxed out, it's just "loud" enough for modern music. Anything back in the 80s or even early 90's, I have a lot of trouble getting it high enough.

    Aftermarket sound card is a must, imo, if you are using headphones. Speakers with an internal amp would be great too.
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