Gaming Sound Card

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Apologies if this has been asked before, in any case, please point me
in the direction of the answers...

  - Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L
  - Inno3d Geoforce 8600GT
  - Vista 64bit

I've been trying to get 5.1/surround sound from my PC for gaming
purposes.   I have a Gigabyte mother board (low end) with onboard
SPDIF digital output and was under the impression that by default
digital would provide surround sound DTS/Dolby but it seems this is
not the case.  When testing the speakers under Vista sound is produced
through all relevant speakers and also when playing DTS encoded
files.  All games are in stereo, no surround etc.   I was hoping
someone could please tell me what I need to do to get surround sound
working in most recent games?  I have read about "DTS Live" and "Dolby
Digital Live" which should provide surround sound in games, though it
seems the onboard sound in my m/board doesnt support this.  There is
also EAX?  which I still don't fully understand.  I've been looking at
the Auzentech and X-Fi cards and quite frankly it's all confusing.
Can someone please recommend a hardware solution that provides good
surround sound support for current and future games?


Re: Gaming Sound Card

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biggest problem I found when gaming is using a high spec sound card is the
overhead you get. I did a bit of benchmarking and found frame rates dropping
by as much as 20% when EAX  was enabled I did a bit of research when my
onboard died on the current mobo and found the Audigy had a lower cpu demand
than most and its sounds pretty decent so I got one .Theres a lot of sound
card info at
tho' I couldn't find the cpu load pages.

Re: Gaming Sound Card

If  you game with headsets, you could try a Creative Fatality USB Gaming
Headset. It's 5.1 sound,
USB, and is based on X-Fi.


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