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Using an External Sound Card to increase game performance.

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    Using an External Sound Card to increase game performance.


    Hello everybody it's been a longtime. I recently found out a game of mine may have some stuttering problems due to it's audio being played without a discrete and/or external sound card of any type. So on your advice, i'd like to know if an external USB sound card can help with some of my performance issues for the game i'm playing.

    Would a external sound card serve as well as a discrete sound for audio playback, or at-least perform better than a on-board sound card?

    Respond as soon as you can, thank you.
    -Arcturus Fyr

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    Before you go out and spend $$ on a sound card (and if you opt for an external sound card, don't go cheap or it may not help).

    And, install the Windows 8.1 RealTek driver and see how it acts. www.realtek.com

    Download and run the Resplendence Latency Monitor program and see what that shows you. May be some PC system issue and not the RealTek sound. Resplendence Software - Advanced System Tools and Developer Components
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    Thank you for the quick response, i'm unfamiliar with monitoring latency data. Is there anything I should be looking out for specifically? As for an external sound card, is there anything you can recommend at a retail outlet?

    Awaiting your response.
    Arcturus Fyr

    EDIT: As for the Realtek software, would the software updates from my laptop manufacturer website suffice?
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    So, this is a Laptop and now the desktop you have in your System Specs? That changes everything.
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    I don't understand? My system specs "Computer Type" category has always been "Laptop".
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    I missed the Computer type. The rest of the specs looked like a desktop.

    With a Laptop, your limited to USB connected sound "cards". I don't have enough knowledge to suggest one of those.

    Stuttering problems are usually just too much going on at the same time. Sound is always on a shared Interrupt with a higher priority device. If that higher priority device needs to "interrupt" and do something, sound can get momentarily interrupted and sound like stuttering.

    Wi-Fi is also known to be a source of audio problems.
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    It's difficult to imagine such configuration would slow down and stutter just because of sound, it's more likely it's a symptom than a cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    I missed the Computer type. The rest of the specs looked like a desktop.

    With a Laptop, your limited to USB connected sound "cards". I don't have enough knowledge to suggest one of those.

    Stuttering problems are usually just too much going on at the same time. Sound is always on a shared Interrupt with a higher priority device. If that higher priority device needs to "interrupt" and do something, sound can get momentarily interrupted and sound like stuttering.

    Wi-Fi is also known to be a source of audio problems.
    The sound is fine, it's when the battle music starts and/or ends the game actually micro-stutters. Same with with NPC's talking, put 4 or 5 in same space when they talk and my frame-rate starts dipping like crazy and then come the stuttering too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    It's difficult to imagine such configuration would slow down and stutter just because of sound, it's more likely it's a symptom than a cause.
    I'm inclined to agree, I guess I was just beating around the bush when I said "game" instead referring the game I was playing specifically.

    The game is the Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, and the performance issues I have been experiencing have gotten so bad that my older laptop with the weaker specs is seemingly playing the game better than my newer laptop.

    I was hoping an alleviate my issues somewhat with the game by using an external sound card in place of a dedicated sound card as the game has issues with an on-board sound card.
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    Here's a quote from Oblivion:Tweaking - UESPWiki in-regards to sound related issues with the game.

    Audio"Try disabling audio and see whether it helps. This is especially true when your game stutters in combat or when many sound sources are around. Onboard sound chips (sound cards built into the motherboard) use the CPU for sound processing, even decent CPU's may experience a severe drop in performance if game sound is processed through the CPU. Purchasing a sound card that performs sound processing with its own independent processor will alleviate this issue. A good example of a sound card with these capabilities is the Creative Audigy or X-Fi series. An excellent sound card can be purchased for between $50 to $100, so it is a worthwhile purchase for users using onboard sound.
    Stuttering related to audio issues can also be caused by buggy sound card drivers. Try updating your sound card/motherboard chipset drivers to their latest version if they aren't already."
    "Disable sound by changing the Oblivion.ini option (in Documents and Files/MyGames/Oblivion):"
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