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Madpistol
12-09-08, 10:20 PM
So I restarted my computer, and it started showing error messages like crazy... eventually, I got it to post, and load to the desktop. However, the computer didn't read my sound card anymore. Eventually, I restarted my computer and the motherboard wouldn't post. So I took out the sound card since it's been giving me some problems, and guess what happens....

The computer boots to desktop. :captnkill:

My X-Fi Platinum is officially toast. Either that, or the PCI slot is toast, which I highly doubt. Right now, I'm running on onboard sound (EVGA 680i SLI = Realtek HD audio). I'm currently downloading a driver update to make my system fully compatible. The driver's on the CD are about 2 years old after all.

So the question is "What am I missing by not using the X-Fi?" If it's something significant, I'll replace it. Otherwise, I really don't want to go through the trouble of finding a new sound card.

So do I replace the X-Fi card, or do I just use the Realtek HD onboard sound?



UPDATE: After extensively testing the card (putting it in multiple PCI slots and another computer), I have ruled that the card is f***ing dead.

Screw Creative Labs. I'm not giving them more money. :thumbdwn:

Bokishi
12-09-08, 10:42 PM
I felt I was missing a whole lot in terms of audio quality, when I had to temporary use onboard realtek

Eliminator
12-09-08, 11:01 PM
the x-fi probably has superior sound quality and also proper EAX support... now if only creative made proper drivers... this is the first time ive heard of a toasted sound card... do you have the 33mhz lock enabled on PCI?

crainger
12-09-08, 11:11 PM
You aren't missing much. If you have a decent set of speakers you'll notice it. I'd say just stick it out with onboard until X-Fi 2 comes out.

ATi
12-09-08, 11:27 PM
X-fi 2 in the works>?:headexplode: when will it be out>?

Single Player
12-09-08, 11:33 PM
get xonar or something.... lucky you! i want my x-fi to die... can't kill it.. just want it to die by itself :D pretend like it died because of age or somethong and buy D2X (nana2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132005

x-fi is ok.. good sound quality and everything else... but i just! DAaMM! z5500 hurt my EARS!! ahhahahaa

crainger
12-10-08, 12:24 AM
X-fi 2 in the works>?:headexplode: when will it be out>?

It's in the works, no ETA yet. With the way things are going I wouldn't be surprised if they pull the plug on it.

nekrosoft13
12-10-08, 06:27 AM
get xonar or something.... lucky you! i want my x-fi to die... can't kill it.. just want it to die by itself :D pretend like it died because of age or somethong and buy D2X (nana2)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132005

x-fi is ok.. good sound quality and everything else... but i just! DAaMM! z5500 hurt my EARS!! ahhahahaa

Xonars are rather useless for primary gaming machine, if you want Xonar, some of them would make an decent addition to HTPC, like this one for example
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132008


But even that Xonar appears weak next to this card

http://www.auzentech.com/site/products/x-fi_hometheater_hd.php

this will be the perfect sound card

Tr1cK
12-10-08, 06:58 AM
Option 3, Give another sound card company your money.

Screw Creative.

Madpistol
12-10-08, 09:43 PM
Bump for update

jass
12-12-08, 06:11 AM
x-fi is ok.. good sound quality and everything else... but i just! DAaMM! z5500 hurt my EARS!! ahhahahaa

When used over digital the z5500 do not tell much about audio quality of sound card, that's pretty obvious. Either way these speakers have loud boomy woofer that overwhelms anything else. I doubt this set would actually let either X-Fi or Sonar shine.

@Madpistol - The answer to your question depends on how much you value good sound, how much you can appreciate it, and how much for you is this 50 or 100 bucks you might spend on a sound card depending on type model and brand. I could not stand onboard audio for an hour and would rather go fasting for a few days to save up money and get a decent sound card. But I am a bit extreme. (bud)
You might switch to onboard and perhaps notice no deterioration in sound quality. If that's the case give Realtek a try.

X-fi 2 in the works>?:headexplode: when will it be out>?

Isn't the Titanium the X-fi 2 actually?
http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/9510-img4936s.jpg

According to this review (http://www.trustedreviews.com/multimedia/review/2008/12/08/Creative-Sound-Blaster-X-Fi-Titanium-Fatal1ty-Pro-Sound-Card/p1) this is a very decent card and the noise levels under 130dB are quite impressive.

LordJuanlo
12-12-08, 06:50 AM
I am using a lot my Realtek onboard sound, X-Fi is giving problems with Lord of the Rings Online. Realtek has some nice features:

- 3D SoundBack, a program similar to Alchemy that makes DirectSound3D games work under Vista, I'm playing Lord of the Rings online with it and I get perfect 5.1 sound.
- Realtime DTS enconding, the X-Fi is connected to my Logitech Z-5500 via analog cables, and the onboard Realtek via optical cable. Pressing a button on the speakers I switch from one card to the other. DTS works great on the realtek.

Just to check it out I have tried the new Prince of Persia with the Realtek and I can't find any difference with the X-Fi: 3D positioning works great and the sound quality via optical cable is maximum: no hiss or buzzs. No need for 3D SoundBack with this game, it supports 5.1 out of the box under Vista.

My advice: do not buy a new X-Fi

I think the X-Fi will be removed from my rig some day.