I’m particulary interested in K7S5A implementation and it appears that there are quite a few owners arround. It is up to software whether to disable the rear panel audio output when a connector is plugged into the front panel output. I think there was a slight difference. It made the imp fireballs whoooosh nicely. How bad is AC97 onboard sound 32 posts. Sat Nov 16, 9:

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Try Download the driver on this page: The Creative card has much lower CPU utilisation and has sharper, crisper and cleaner af97. If you wanted to use an AC97 motherboard without front panel audio it was nessacery to put jumpers on the audio header to make the rear audio output work. You’ll need to enter the bios menu.

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In referance to the mouse. I only hear a small difference from my onboard AC97 vs. Wed Nov 20, 4: Onboard is not going to get their for the vast majority of mobo’s, because no one would pay much extra for it. Modern implementations have come a long way.


Thu Nov 21, 5: The pins that were previously used to loop back audio from the front are repurposed as connector-detect pins. Your particular front panel looks to me like it is primerally designed for HD audio motherboards but with a hack to give limited support for AC97 boards.

At least i hope so.

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Aug 16, Posts: There are loops of wire on the AC97 connectors which will make the rear output work but it won’t be switched by the front panel connectors like it would be with a proper AC97 front panel. When your system restarts you should have audio. Post as a guest Es.

Connected to a decent home stereo, you will notice less bottom end under 50hz and less top end above say 12Khz. I’m not sure of the exact different I assume that HD audio will gives better audio quality but I’ll always go for HD audio if the mainboard has it, if the mainboard only has AC97 then I’ll use AC97 connector.


I think there was a slight difference.

For average home use, there shouldn’t really be a noticeable difference. Tell us some more! Alun Cox Level 3 Expert Answers.

Thu Nov 21, 2: Originally posted by SuperDave: As has been said several times it depends on the implementation. Mar 19, Posts: Save you’re changes and exit the bios.

The linked evs have more detail on that. Mar 10, Posts: Seemed to me to be not quite as good as the SB Live.

How bad is AC97 onboard sound

May 16, Posts: As other people mentioned, the output from the K7S5A is fairly quiet, so don’t expect headphones to be very loud. Should the standard AC97 codecs not work try the HD codecs which are linked from the same page. It’s worth a thousand words.