Sound cards no longer necessary on desktops?

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Sound cards no longer necessary on desktops?

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HI,

The three Dell desktops I own (1998 XPS R450, 2002 Dimension 4550, 2004 Dimension 4600) all came with discrete sound cards. But the XPS 8700 I'm considering buying doesn't even offer a sound card as an option. Instead it says it has "Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4", which I assume is audio software.Some questions:

Is this typical of current high-end desktops?

Is the hardware side of audio now handled by the CPU (I'm probably getting an i7-4770)?

Does it do it as well (or better) than discrete sound cards used to do it?

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks

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  • 2004_4600

    HI,

    The three Dell desktops I own (1998 XPS R450, 2002 Dimension 4550, 2004 Dimension 4600) all came with discrete sound cards. But the XPS 8700 I'm considering buying doesn't even offer a sound card as an option. Instead it says it has "Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4", which I assume is audio software.Some questions:

    Is this typical of current high-end desktops?

    Is the hardware side of audio now handled by the CPU (I'm probably getting an i7-4770)?

    Does it do it as well (or better) than discrete sound cards used to do it?

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    The onboard sound is just as good as a sound cards, in most cases all you need is a good set of speakers. Looking at what you have there, i would not spend out to buy a sound card.

          

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  • Thanks for the info. So you're saying integrated audio has gotten much better since I bought my other three computers. I'm going to take your advice and skip the sound card for now.