Back in the day every PC advert you could lay on your eyes had the likes of SOUND BLASTER! SONIC BOOM AUDIO!! plastered across it, letting you know it could crank out a chiptune soundtrack that could blow your ears off. It was a big selling point then, like graphics cards and massive SSDs are now.
Over the years though, the public clamouring for dedicated graphics cards has slowed. Motherboard manufacturers increasingly began to put integrated chips on the boards, and over the years the quality of these chips became good enough that for most end users, there was no need to pick up a more expensive, discrete sound card. Sound cards are still out there though, and people are still buying them, so the big question is whether it’s worth getting a sound card at all these days. [More]