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What does an audio card do?
From music tracks to video clips, there are many sounds your computer may produce - and you'll probably want to hear them. For this, you'll need an audio card.

Whether the audio card is a PCI card plugged into the motherboard or a chip built into it, it does essentially the same thing: transfer audio in and out of the computer.

Audio cards usually contain the following connections: headphone out, line out, microphone input and often a line input. Many PCI cards also contain a joystick connection. Some cards have extra connections for midi controls and digital audio connections. Higher end cards come with front controls for your system or a "breakout" box with additional inputs or outputs.

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