Gaming is an important target of all the hardware products you will find on the market. This is mainly due to the fact that there is an increasingly higher number of gamers out there that won't settle for their stock hardware components. They are always on the look-out for higher-performance components that can improve their gaming experience, such as the ones produced by one of the biggest names in the industry of gaming accessories, Razer, a company's whose motto is actually “For Gamers. By Gamers”. And one of their most interesting hardware products is the Razer Barracuda AC-1 sound card.
Sound is important for a complete and comprehensive gaming experience, and can sometimes make the difference between wining and losing. Some of today's games feature a high quality audio support, which means that the entire gaming experience improves considerably. That is why extreme gamers need a reliable and high-performance sound card. The Razer Barracuda AC-1 sound card has been specifically manufactured to offer support to the gaming community. And if you are not a gamer in need of high-performance sound card, this can easily pass as an excellent upgrade.
Built on a PCI 2.2 interface, the Razer AC-1 sound card doesn't feature the audio jacks you will expect from a high-performance card. Instead, Razer decided to go with dual SPDIF in/out Toslink connectors and a Razer High Definition-Dedicated Audio Interface (HD-DAI) connector. The card can support a 7.1 audio system and by using the Onboard Dolby Pro-Logic Technology it can convert a stereo or 5.1-channel audio source into a 7.1-channel audio. The card can support rendering of up to 128 simultaneous voices.
The card has a price tag of $200, making it quite inaccessible for most users, but then again the Razer Barracuda isn't meant for nothing less than high-performance.