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03-07-04, 06:11 AM
on my mobo, i have an nvidia mcp southbridge. i use the integrated audio, and the thing is, i can use the c-media cmi 9739/a audio codec... or i can use the nvidia audio drivers in the nforce set of drivers. they both work fine. which one do you guys think i should use?
ALWAYS use the manufaures drivers, if it's CMedia then use their drivers, the nForce drivers are VERY VERY poor and installing them will make the sound chip 100% software.
Dazz you are wrong :)...
However seeing as you have only the MCP and not the MCP-T I would agree that you might as well use c-media drivers.
I am 100% right as i have an MCP board and have tested audio mark, nVidia drivers = no direct sound hardware acceleration, while the Realtek drivers = 24 hardware Directsound acceleration.
2# ALL moden boards have intergrated hardware sound, sure it still uses up more CPU resources then a dedicated high end card like Soundstorm or Audigy2 but it still uses less then cheapo PCI soundcards.
Originally posted by Dazz
I am 100% right as i have an MCP board and have tested audio mark, nVidia drivers = no direct sound hardware acceleration
I have no issues with that part man. I am glad you are confident you are right about it. And in fact as you saw I agreed with you that he should use the cmedia drivers.
You did say was that the drivers were"VERY VERY poor" and I was implying that making statements based on opinions like that always requires someone to disagree that is why the :) was included, it is simply poking fun.
03-07-04, 06:06 PM
as always, thanks for the replies. and one last thing. would i be better off to get a soundblaster live of some sort? it should be able to process more sounds per channel and all that right? i miught try to get one, if its worth it
Well they are very poor if they are installed on an none Soundstrom system as they disable hardware acceleration.
I wouldn't bother with a Live as it's as good as the intergrated sound you currently got, the Live! card has had a canny long life but it's dead now. You may want to look into Santa Cruz or Audigy2 ZS.
Aso for sound yeah it allows more, if a card does 64 hardware sounds then it uses little CPU usage but if it does 64 in hardware and 32 in software it will steal CPU cycles. The Audigy2 & Soundstorm do 192 HW, more then enough few games even use 64.
03-07-04, 07:16 PM
i wish wish wish wish i had the soundstorm. how would an audigy platinum suit me? should kick the crap out of my integrated cause its not the 5.1 from the old days.
CumputerGeeks had audigies for really cheap btw, but not the ones with the break out box.
I try to get folks to buy soundstorm btw when they order motherboards and I helpd them b/c it is usually only $10-20 more expensive and I always feel bad when after they get some on board sound they then turn around and go gee whiz I wish I had gotten the soundstorm :)...
edit: HAHAHAHA Computergeeks i meant
The Realtek drivers even make the sound quailty better than the nvidia ones. I know with the earlier release of the nforce drivers I couldn't even get my rear speaker out to work. (you know where you set it to use your microphone port as an audio out.) I had to use the Realtek drivers. Now with the latest release of the nforce drivers I can use the rear out but it dosen't sound as good as the Realtek drivers.
I noticed that also, it also allows use of EAX.
03-10-04, 07:03 AM
there seems to be an extremely generous person out there who posts on nvnews, they had pity upon my integrated audio, and now i have a soundblaster audigy platinum on the way.. w00t!:angel:
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