Not really current anymore. Onboard sound is more than enough. They have become very good, and theres always the choice of taking digital out, which is just the best you can get, no matter what. The much more important choice is what kind of sound mixer you will use (that will also affect digital out). The stock Windows one is not the best one and will swallow a lot of high frequencies and other stuff that you dont want. Better to use alternatives like for example foobar2000 with ASIO4ALL.