When I purchased my new 2010 PC, I had intended on using my Creative Sound Blaster Xi-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. However, thanks to the advent of dual slot cards, I had to give mine up.
Then we were down to two PCs with dedicated sound cards.
Shortly after my brother saw Borderlands running at 1080p @ (almost) 60 FPS, he decided to pick up an 5770 for himself. While we thought his Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS sound card could sit right beside the video card. But we were wrong.
His video card was shooting upwards of 90 degrees Celsius with that sound card right beside it. Once we removed the sound card, that video card was running swimmingly at around 70 degrees Celsius.
Now we’re down to one unused PC with a dedicated sound card.
I’m a little bummed about not being able to use these dedicated sound cards. I doubt there’s any clear advantage for using one nowadays with the fact that the audio stack is being run entirely in software for Windows 7. Plus, onboard sound isn’t too shabby either. I’m particularly fond of Realtek’s work; it works without a fuss.
With all that in mind, I’m ready to say goodbye to dedicated sound cards. They’ve served their purpose and although I wouldn’t mind having them in my computers, I just can’t sacrifice the space.
Thanks for all the dedicated jams, Creative.