So, for the first time in, well, ever, I’m considering leaving out a sound card and sticking with the onboard audio on my new GA-Z97X-UD5H Gigabyte mobo. It has the Realtek ALC1150 codec vs. the Creative Sound Blaster Zx sound card that I can move from my old system. I’m no audiophile, so I honestly don’t know if I’d be missing out on anything grand by not bringing the Zx along, although the occasional snapping/popping/static won’t be missed if I can leave it behind. Is onboard audio of a quality, particularly for gaming, that it is better or worse than the sound card? I use a decent set of Sennheiser headphones only, no speaker setup, if that matters.
I know there’s a lot of hate for Creative out there, but I’ve used the cards going back a long way and haven’t felt let down by the experience, so reputation is not a driving factor for me. It’s all about the experience. However, I don’t have any experience with the onboard audio of any mobo ever so can’t make a judgement. I’ve been of the mind that dedicated is better, but perhaps that’s not the case anymore (or hasn’t been for a long while when it comes to audio).
Thoughts to help make a decision would be appreciated.