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Old 7th June, 2008, 08:55 PM
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5.1 Channel Audio Kit with Realtek ALC655

Does anyone have knowledge of this add on card?
AC-KIT08R-R10 5.1 Channel Audio Kit with Realtek ALC655 Orbit Micro
I've Googled for the last hour and have come up dry.
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The ALC655 was normally used as an onboard sound controller a couple of years ago. Sound quality was not that good for an onboard controller back then so I doubt it would improve much as an add-on card.

A couple of cards that I have used that sound good for their price point are the Sound Blaster Audigy SE and Turtle Beach Riviera. Both come in under 30 bucks. I usually just check the For Sale section at different forums for an Audigy 2 and can usually grab on for 30 bucks shipped.
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Old 8th June, 2008, 12:54 AM
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Without that addon card being very good-that's what I had planned. I just stumbled on it in my travels but couldn't find any more info. That itself should be some kind of clue, and unless I'm wrong, doesn't the ALC655 6 Channel support 5.1 anyway? Then why a 5.1 addon?
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An addon 655 would be nothing more than a gimmick as it still relies on the processor for audio processing, where the Audigy 2 processes the audio on card and doesn't use up cpu cycles.
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An addon 655 would be nothing more than a gimmick as it still relies on the processor for audio processing, where the Audigy 2 processes the audio on card and doesn't use up cpu cycles.
Thanks-I'll go about it that way.
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I just took a look on ebay for 5.1 channel sound cards-CHEEP!
I'm talking $10 for something I've never heard of-but you can bet I will Google!
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The kit isn't designed to be used with a standard PC. The PCIE-9452 embedded motherboard doesn't provide onboard sound on the motherboard. Instead, it provides an AC-97 connector, and the audio kit you're looking at then connects to it. Technically, the chipset on the board provides the AC-97 interface, but there's no CODEC connected to it. The kit provides the CODEC side that converts the AC-97 interface into audio.
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The kit isn't designed to be used with a standard PC. The PCIE-9452 embedded motherboard doesn't provide onboard sound on the motherboard. Instead, it provides an AC-97 connector, and the audio kit you're looking at then connects to it. Technically, the chipset on the board provides the AC-97 interface, but there's no CODEC connected to it. The kit provides the CODEC side that converts the AC-97 interface into audio.
So,in essence, this is a $21- AC-97 sound card. Just a different connection. OOH Brother.
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It's an AC-97 soundcard with a proprietary connector. It fits with the SBC pictured below. The likelihood is that you're be paying more for the SBC than you would do for a standard motherboard anyway.

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Not to mention that the SBC is pretty worthless without a backplane to plug it into, and those also tend to be rather pricey. Then you've got the chassis, which is usually a semi-custom job.....
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Not to mention that the SBC is pretty worthless without a backplane to plug it into, and those also tend to be rather pricey. Then you've got the chassis, which is usually a semi-custom job.....
Why would anyone buy this thing.?
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Because there's markets where SBCs excel. A lot of it tends to be industrial stuff mind you. Systems with backplanes can be much easier to upgrade/maintain. If your motherboard died, how long would it take you to remove and replace it? Doing that with an SBC systems is as long as it takes to get the SBC expansion card out and replaced. Same with upgrades.
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