Soundcards

Internal sound cards are a great upgrade if you want your games and movies to sound better – or if you’re interested in audio production. They use PCI or PCI-Express connections, and have 2.0, 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 port configurations on their backplates. These don’t have to be an expensive upgrade, but make sure you’ve got a spare slot on your motherboard first.

External Sound Cards

Used when internal computer space is limited or when using a laptop / netbook. These external sound cards connect using via USB and provide all the features and functionality of internal units. Check individual product to confirm specifications.
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Internal Sound Cards

These devices are designed for internal fitment to your PC's motherboard. Giving your computer system a sound output supporting a wide range of configurations. These include 2.0, 2.1, 5.1 & 7.1. Essential for the music lovers, gamers and movie enthusiasts. The interface of these sound cards are either PCI or PCIe, check specifications of the individual product to confirm.
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PCI / PCIe Audio Interfaces

PCI based audio interfaces are internal sound cards fitted inside your system. Whilst not as portable as the USB & Firewire variants they can offer slightly better latency in some situations due to the direct connection to the motherboard and the drivers having more direct control over the hardware.

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