Upgrading Audio - Do embedded devices match or exceed add on cards
Your latest and greatest game sounds
like Cr.., you have a voice to text program that you either can not use or you
get a lot of errors when you try to input your speech to text. Lots of reasons to upgrade
the sound capability of your computer.
Some things you need to know about with a new sound card is do you have a
slot to put it in? Do you have an extra power cable for those that need the
power from the power supply?
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Another part of your research you need to know what
wattage the new sound card draws, with that information you can check the
installed power supply, if it is an older power supply you may not have enough
extra power for the new sound card and will need to upgrade the power supply
also. Some of the newer sound cards need more than 200 watts!
Note: Your old power supply may not even power up
the motherboard, it may not have enough power to start the hard drives. Be
warned a "brown out" or low power situation can damage other components!
Most embedded sound devices can be disabled from the BIOS.
So how do you know what you want? Well what application will you be using that
That may drive your choices, some applications require drivers to
communicate with your sound card, (such as
Dragon Naturally Speaking) if this is the case check the application for
As with all components research will give you a better idea of what "features
and functions" a certain sound cad has, you wouldn't want to pay
$2000 - $3000 for a Midi sound card if you didn't want to make music. So what do you want it
When you upgrade audio remember that your speakers are probably the
same age and wattage as the old sound card, be careful you don't over drive them
with all that new power!