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    Default Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Hello All,

    I was looking to get a gaming sound card and the one that first comes to mind is the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty (geeze that is a long name).

    This issues and the questions I have is with compatibility with vista 64, drivers and game support.

    In the past it seems Creative was horrible with Driver support, has this changed? Is this going to be something I can just drop in and it will work?

    Thanks for your advice!

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    Default Re: Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Well, I personally have a SB X-fi card (model SB0790) and it sounds great, especially with my 5.1 speakers. I bought mine at FRY's electronic store about half a year ago. It was 50$. The box says that it works with Vista (I have a 64bit), never experienced any problems so far. The product comes with a CD, wich has couple programs including an updating program which updates your drivers.

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    Nothing better than a SB X-Fi XtremeGamer about $100 I haven't had problem with the drivers in a long time. Sound cards manufacturers are hard to come by. Is Turtle Beach still around?

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    Default Re: Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Dont want to take over the thread just have a simple quick question. I have a Creative Sounds Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound card PCI. Would it be better then the on board 7.1hd Audio on my X48-DS5? Would it be worth me installing it?
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    Default Re: Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Quote Originally Posted by NimrodAUS View Post
    Dont want to take over the thread just have a simple quick question. I have a Creative Sounds Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic Sound card PCI. Would it be better then the on board 7.1hd Audio on my X48-DS5? Would it be worth me installing it?
    Onboard audio is better these days than it used to be but only a separate sound card comes with a proper analog circuit. If you have good headphones you will hear the difference right away. EAX is less of importance now but still matters. Games sound better with a sound card and there is slightly lower CPU hit - even with good processors you can get higher frames per second if you install a sound card.

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    Default Re: Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Agreed. Seperate sound card all the way. All onboard sound I've ever used has had interferance problems too, either while the PC and GPU is using large amounts of power, or even when using the mouse scroll wheel

    To the OP: The Soundblaster is a good card, but I prefer the latest Asus Xonar card. It's an absolure autiophile's wet dream! The analog section including the headphone pre-amp is heavily shielded to prevent interference and everything has the now almost standard gold plate.

    What really sets this sound card appart from the others is the choice of components. They're superb. Rather than sticking to one brand of capacitor and varying the capacitance depending on where it's connected, they've used different brands in certain places. Selecting a brand and particular model of capacitor for the right jub rather than just capacitance seems to have made a big difference.

    I've never heard CD audio sound so rich and warm. I'm not a fan of CD sound quality, and prefer clean unscratched vinyl (don't get me started on cassette tape, that stuff's foul), but this card blew me away for CD, MP3 and gaming. I was tempted to undo the case of my mates PC, whip the card out and disappear, then change my phone number. they're that good.
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    Default Re: Looking to get a gaming sound card....?

    Auzentech X-fi Forte. Built on X-fi chipset, but with components that don't suck ass. I have one on the way atm!

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