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  • Laptop Sound Card Options

    Hi, I've been lurking these forums for a while trying to see which laptop is right for me (I need one for college this fall), and I'm not quite sure what the differences are between the options. The info section on it only describes two options, one of which isn't even a choice for the Sage NP5793. So basically I'm wondering what the differences between the options are.
    Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
    Sound Blaster Xfi Surround SB1090 5.1 Channel external USB Sound Card
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi 7.1 Xtreme Audio Notebook Express Card

    I have 5.1 speakers that I plan on using so I would like to know if the built-in S.C. supports 5.1 through the s/pdif or if I have to upgrade. Also, will either upgrade rely on the CPU or will they do their own sound processing for surround?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Built-in internal sound card
    Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
    External Sound Cards

    Sound Blaster Xfi Surround SB1090 5.1 Channel external USB Sound Card
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi 7.1 Xtreme Audio Notebook Express Card
    Sound Blaster Xfi Surround SB1090 5.1 Channel external USB Sound Card - Plugs in via USB port
    Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi 7.1 Xtreme Audio Notebook Express - Plugs in via Express Card slot

    The Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-fi 7.1 Xtreme Audio Notebook Express is the most recommended if you are looking for 5.1 surround sound

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    • #3
      I recommend just getting the integrated audio and then purchasing a 5.1 channel headset afterwards. The external card is more of a hassel in my opinion and more pricey.
      Sager NP5792

      Microsoft Windows Vista Premium 64-Bit
      17" WUXGA
      Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz
      4 GB DDR2 667 RAM
      1 GB Intel Robson Turbo Memory
      500 GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus HD
      nVidia GeForce 8800M GTX 512MB GDDR3

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      • #4
        The thing is, I already have 5.1 speakers.

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        • #5
          In that case I would get the X-fi Xpress card, that is if you plan on having your speakers plugged in a lot.
          Sager NP5792

          Microsoft Windows Vista Premium 64-Bit
          17" WUXGA
          Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz
          4 GB DDR2 667 RAM
          1 GB Intel Robson Turbo Memory
          500 GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus HD
          nVidia GeForce 8800M GTX 512MB GDDR3

          FORUM TROLL 4 LIFE
          http://teamamerimixwcg.blogspot.com/...online_05.html

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