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Old 08-02-02, 11:58 AM   #1
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Default Motherboard in built Sound solutions

Hey guys,
I was wondering, just how good is the Cmedia 6 channel inbuilt sound chip? These are included in some motherboards such as the A7v333r. Would they be good as a SBlive!value? definately not up to AUdigy standards? or is it in between these two cards. Its probably not as capable as the Nforce mcp erm sound thingy-me-jiggy? So folks anybody with this cmedia inbuilt sound chip or those in the know, please comment!!
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Old 08-02-02, 12:37 PM   #2
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I have Soyo Dragon+ with Cmedia 5.1 and I can't complain. I was even able to install it for Slackware linux. On Redhat it was automatically detected.
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Old 08-02-02, 12:48 PM   #3
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I use the C-media on my ASUS TUSL2 and the sound quailty is ever bit as good as the sound blaster live that I had in it. So I think it is a good solution if you don't want to buy a sound card.
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Old 08-02-02, 05:05 PM   #4
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i use the c-media on my dragon plus and I like it more than the sblive 5.1 I have sitting in a closet now
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Old 08-03-02, 07:39 AM   #5
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Hmm consensus seem to be that the inbuilt cmedia sound chip is good. I was asking because I am considering getting an upgrade from my kt133a chipset mobo to the Asus a7v333R mobo which has these cmedia sound chip. Thanks guys for the answers!
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Old 08-03-02, 04:53 PM   #6
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If I were to choose, I would definetly go with Soyo Dragon Ultra Platinum

http://www.pureoc.com/SoyoKT333_3.asp

This is gotta be the sexiest PCB I have ever seen
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Old 08-05-02, 12:35 PM   #7
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Default Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra = MUST HAVE

I wish I could buy a Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra.

Anyway, from what I've read so far, the C-Media CMI8378 chip seems to be a good buy because it does all that 5.1 6-channel digital/analog stuff. Right now it seems to be the king of integrated sound. I suspect it works just as well on a card.

/me wants a CMI8378
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Old 08-05-02, 01:32 PM   #8
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CMI8738 is pretty much a software solution, I don't see why its 'the king'....nForces is much better
Hell that CMI8738 was out in the days of the k6-2. geebus.
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Old 08-06-02, 06:35 AM   #9
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Question Huh?

I didn't know the CMI8378 was a software-based solution. All the mobo reviews I've read that discuss it say it's a hardware solution. What gives?
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I'll read up on it. I've been wrong before.
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ok, I don't really know. But it is pretty bad with 3d sound and CPU usage, apparently.
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On board Sound is not bad but you can't compare it with SB live! or Audigy , they woun't have newes hardware D3D hall/sound , forgot how it is called on Sound Blaster ,
Anyways all those on board cards emulate moust of features and use more CPU power and main memory ,
Sound Blaster Live and Audigy have big internal cash you know
not like other cheap reproductions with only 64k or so
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