I've experienced audio hick-ups when playing Battlefield 3. I suspect that it's caused by to high CPU load, so I'm considering discrete sound card. Currently I'm using on board one (VIA VT 1708S). I'm considering switching to something like eg. ASUS Xonar DG. I'm interested in stereo sound, as I'm using headphones.
Will that improve my audio experience (as in no more hick-ups), and reduce CPU load?
To make question more clear cut:
- Is audio processing using on-board card such as VIA HD (VIA VT 1708S) hardware accelerated or it's all CPU?
- Is audio processing using discrete card such as Xonar DG hardware accelerated?
- Will I note significant improvement switching from one to another?