I am a music lover shopping for a new A/V computer. For twenty years (!!) I have been using an M-Audio "Audiophile 2496" PCI sound interface for recording from vinyl at home. I don't need any of the device's features except for its low noise floor. Now I am considering buying a small, passively cooled computer with no PCI bus, which all have audio interfaces onboard (and USB-C jacks for external audio devices which I would just as soon not buy).
In my assessment long ago, as a rule built-in sound devices suffered too much crosstalk and background noise for recording purposes. My question is: has their noise floor meaningfully improved in the interim? Otherwise, I suppose that I am going to continue to need a third-party interface. Thank you in advance for any answers to this question.