How to Tell What Sound Card Your PC is Using

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Time Needed : 2 minutes

In this guide, you will learn how to check what sound card (brand) your desktop PC or laptop is using. The following guide can be applied to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

  1. Launch Libraries/My Computer/File Explorer (whatever you name it).

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  2. Right-click on This PC and select Properties.

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  3. Click on Device Manager.

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  4. Expand Sound, video and game controllers. You would see the sound card device on your computer.

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Tools
  • PC
Materials
  • No material needed

Why there is more than one sound card?

Not all of them are sound cards. Some just audio drivers/software and hardware such as speakers and headphones. In my case, NVIDIA High Definition Audio is just incremental for its graphics card, but basically my computer already has a sound card inside.

Do I have to buy a sound card for my PC?

No, you don’t have to. Most PCs these days — or I would say, in the last two decades, are equipped with a built-in sound card on its motherboard.

Of course, there are many sound cards still being sold today, but they are for audiophiles and professional usages such as audio tuning and recording. For daily purposes (including gaming), your onboard sound card already doing the job really well.

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