There once was a time when a discrete sound card was a required component for any computer build and as technologies changed so did those requirements. These days any motherboard you buy will come with a sound system onboard and much like onboard video the sound card isn’t all that great. There are a few notable exceptions like the new gamer style motherboards and yet despite higher-end audio chips, digital connections and custom hardware they will never have the same quality of a discrete sound card.

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