Adding a PCI Express Sound Card Into Your Computer

You can utilize a PCI Express 7.1 channel sound card in your computer if you wish to improve upon your computer's ability to generate detailed Hi-Fi sounds. The card may be useful for when you're aiming to communicate with others through your computer or you want to play movies and games with rich sound.

What Channels Are Produced?

Your sound card will generate several stereo audio channels:

  • A central channel produces a basic stage for the main dialog setup.
  • The music soundtrack will be spread out between the left and right parts.
  • Surround and rear channels are split into two channels each. These include channels for the left and right sides and are useful for producing sound effects.
  • A subwoofer produces lower frequencies.
  • The layout produces a deeper sound that is spread out around your entire system for your audio playback needs.

What Ports Are Used?

The ports that may be used on your card include many options for handling stereo sound. Each of these points work as an adapter of sorts for ensuring a connection:

  • Mic In: This is useful for when you need to plug in a microphone.
  • Line In: The Line-in is an adapter for plugging an outside audio system into your computer.
  • Line Out: This connector lets you connect your sound card to your headphone set, to speakers, or any other output device.
  • Individual Speakers: You may use a sound card that features individual ports for each specific type of speaker in your setup. These include rear and center speakers as well as a bass audio output option.
  • USB: Some cards feature a USB port for securing newer devices. A microphone-input setup may be used as a USB connection on a card, for instance.

What is the PCIe Specification?

The PCI Express or PCIe setup in your sound card is designed to fit into your motherboard provided that unit has a compatible port. The bus-powered card operates at a faster speed than the original PCI standard. You must look at how well your motherboard is laid out and that you have an open built-in port for adding your card into the space.

Review the Bandwidth

  • The bandwidth on your card must be of quality for you to get the proper stereo sounds that you want. An audio sound card adapter may come with a bandwidth of at least 400 Mbps. This measurement is enough to provide you with better sound quality.
  • The bandwidth should be strong enough to handle the power of your audio system. This includes handling a full 7.1-channel layout that can work on your desktop setup.