There are just so many misconceptions flying around on how to select the right sound card. This guide is going to emphasize two schools of thought here; gaming, where the frame rate (frames per second or fps), directional accuracy and environmental sound effects in a game is paramount, and audiophile, where sound quality and high fidelity comes are the most important factors.
Join Empire23 as he goes through the intricacies of the sound cards and breaks it down into the key issues you need to know before you pick up a new sound card. If this can be challenging to even seasoned PC hardware enthusiasts, it can be quite impossible for a newbie.
"When it comes to audiophile performance, I consider objective tests to be absolutely superior to listening tests. Why? First of all, objective results are final and indisputable. Also, you can't do any listening tests if you don't have the sound cards in front of you! So, objective test results are the best way to compare the performance of audiophile sound cards without first buying them. Okay, let's get this ball rolling..."