Onboard Realtek vs Creative Sound Card. Help please!

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#1 Posted by gabs556 (47 posts) -

I have no idea what to use between the onboard Realtek HD sound from my ASUS P5QL-PRO motherboard and my Creative Audigy 2 Value. I try to distinguish the difference and I don't know if my ears are playing tricks on me but it seems like the Realtek sounds better.

Has anyone compared these two? What are your thoughts? TIA. :D

#2 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15922 posts) -

I have no idea what to use between the onboard Realtek HD sound from my ASUS P5QL-PRO motherboard and my Creative Audigy 2 Value. I try to distinguish the difference and I don't know if my ears are playing tricks on me but it seems like the Realtek sounds better.

Has anyone compared these two? What are your thoughts? TIA. :D

gabs556

I also have Realtek audio for my motherboard. But, I'm using an Audigy 2 Value as well. Most of the time, the Realtek is fine. But for some reason, it kept crashing Crysis in the last Boss battle. I turned it off and installed my old Audigy 2 Value. The game's audio has been fine and dandy since.

#3 Posted by V4LENT1NE (12895 posts) -

After crossfiring and having to live with the onboard audio when testing I found it to be just fine, but my MB has pretty good on board sound so I dont really need the SB Sudigy, but no doubt the Creative stuff is pretty neat and the quality is nice.

#4 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

I have no idea what to use between the onboard Realtek HD sound from my ASUS P5QL-PRO motherboard and my Creative Audigy 2 Value. I try to distinguish the difference and I don't know if my ears are playing tricks on me but it seems like the Realtek sounds better.

Has anyone compared these two? What are your thoughts? TIA. :D

gabs556

I don't know about the Audigy 2 Value, since that's a pretty old sound card at this point.. but I can hear an almost night-and-day difference between my onboard Realtek and my X-Fi Xtremegamer. Even on just a decent set of 2.0 speakers the whole spectrum of sound is much clearer with the X-Fi. That being said, I know there are many people who are very happy with onboard sound, since it has come a long ways since the early days.

#5 Posted by Jamiemydearx3 (4062 posts) -

There's an OBVIOUS difference on my set up.

Z-2300 speakers + creative x-fi xtreme music compared to my GA-EP35-D3SL's onboard.

#6 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -

I don't want to hijack the thread, but i have a question. I have an old pc (probably like 6 years) with a creative sound card. Would this be better or worse than my current realtek onboard? Would it be worth putting it in?

#7 Posted by Jamiemydearx3 (4062 posts) -

I don't want to hijack the thread, but i have a question. I have an old pc (probably like 6 years) with a creative sound card. Would this be better or worse than my current realtek onboard? Would it be worth putting it in?

kraken2109

What's the name of the sound card? And what motherboard do you currently have?

#8 Posted by gabs556 (47 posts) -

Well... I'm still torn between the two. Still can't get to a conclusion as to which one's better.

#9 Posted by KHAndAnime (13461 posts) -
If you have crap speakers, you won't notice the difference. =D
#10 Posted by Yrkoon99 (439 posts) -

i would say the realtek will probably sound better.

#11 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7354 posts) -

My Old Sound Audigy 2 blows that realtek joke outta the water :P I mean the dang microphone jack doesnt even work for my board... On Z-5300 Logitech. Its just betta.

#12 Posted by gabs556 (47 posts) -

I have Creative T3130 2.1 speakers. Very good budget $50 speakers if you ask me.

Here's what I got:

The Realtek is louder and boomier. Also has more noticable highs.

The Audigy has better mid range.]

I dunno, I think I'm just looking for a reason to justify using the Audigy's.

#13 Posted by swehunt (3637 posts) -

I have Creative T3130 2.1 speakers. Very good budget $50 speakers if you ask me.

Here's what I got:

The Realtek is louder and boomier. Also has more noticable highs.

The Audigy has better mid range.]

I dunno, I think I'm just looking for a reason to justify using the Audigy's.

gabs556
Sorry for almost bumping your thread but honestly saying what has the highest Mid or high is just wrong in therms of Audio. If one or another sounds higher has little to nothing to say about the quaility of the mid or high being produced! I have had an Audigy 2 zs (witch i gave to a friend for free.) and i can say that that card isn't that great when compared to almoust anything even most newer onboard solutions are for ewryday use eqvalient. I have a system with a H/K amp driving fostex studio monitors, hooked to the PC both digital and analoge, sometimes iv'e dubble controll the final mix with diffrent sound hardware (I do record and make music, both in studios and at home using software) the Audigy 2 isn't that much better than the Realtec on both of my motherboards, the E-mu is in a diffrent dimention. Motherboards have and will continue to get better onboard soundchips, the new realtec isn't that bad. For playing games the onboard will do just fine, playing music (well playing MP3's) the realtec will be almoust to good for the given task, but doing serious hi-quality things both Audigy 2 and Realtec fail so take your pick if you dont use flac or hi-quality recording/playing.
#14 Posted by Gambler_3 (7548 posts) -

Well... I'm still torn between the two. Still can't get to a conclusion as to which one's better.

gabs556

Realtek is better or on par with any of these "value" sound cards so dont think too much and just use the on-board sound.

#15 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7354 posts) -

If you google just about any other forum they say any value audigy > realtek onboard. Depends on the speakers also if its crap like the other poster suggests than forget it. With software update it can support the latest EAX, and also some of the sound is software emulation for realtek. It is subjective is whichever sounds best to you, is more like do you have the card around from an old rig? If you dont, dont worry about it.