This is not about whether sound cards are better than onboard ALC898 or not, it's about whether ALC898 actually still exists! I just noticed that the ALC898 codec is not listed on the Realtek website anymore. I tried searching for it using the site search form, and it came up with 'Sorry! There is no data found.' So, is this by mistake, or has Realtek scrapped their highest end audio chip ALC898?