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jake_maveric_05
11-14-05, 03:56 PM
Who makes this sound card and does anyone know what thr spechs are for it. i know its a PCI but something is bothering me it says " 64-bit Direct Sound Accelerator" does that mean it has 64-bit digital audio? Anyone know the sample rate for it? also it it a good sound card? Any reviews? thanks. click the link.


http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Crystal-64-bit-4-Channel-Surround-Sound_W0QQitemZ8722389311QQcategoryZ44982QQssPageN ameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Richteralan
11-14-05, 03:59 PM
check for the specs for Crystal CS4280 and you'll know.

superklye
11-14-05, 04:39 PM
It's 4-channel, and I have no idea what the 64-bit stuff they're talking about is, but it goes for like $10. It's probably not a very good card.

Get a SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit if you want good quality, low-cost sound.

Starscream
11-14-05, 09:09 PM
ALL crystal sound chips are junk.

Just plain junk.

zoomy942
11-14-05, 09:25 PM
It's 4-channel, and I have no idea what the 64-bit stuff they're talking about is, but it goes for like $10. It's probably not a very good card.

Get a SoundBlaster Live! 24-bit if you want good quality, low-cost sound.


or use the nvidia nforce4 audio:) but dont get me stared on creative labs:(

superklye
11-14-05, 09:29 PM
Realtek ALC850? Pffft! Unless you have a Opteron OCed to 3GHz, I wouldn't recommend it. ;)

zoomy942
11-14-05, 09:39 PM
you are such a funny guy (jerk :) ).

and any realtek that is on a riser board uses the same CPU% as the soundblasters:) weeeee

superklye
11-14-05, 09:47 PM
Not according to my benchmarking results from this last weekend. I still need to wrap up with the X-Fi, but the ALC850 was significantly slower than the Live! 24-bit, while offering inferior sound quality at the same time.

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:12 PM
wrap up?

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:20 PM
only the audio that isnt placed on the mobo are okay. like the abit audiomax or that karajan module from dfi. the others ones are terrible

http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/dfi%20rdx200_101605111007/9480.png


http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/dfi%20rdx200_101605111007/9520.png


http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/dfi%20rdx200_101605111007/9482.png

superklye
11-14-05, 11:22 PM
Yeah, I haven't had time to play the games I was testing in SLI and non-SLI with the X-Fi due to school and work. Hopefully by this weekend I'll have all the data compiled so I can begin the write-up.

In FEAR at least, the performance in SLI with the X-Fi is just over double compared to my onboard.

With the following settings:
1280x960
4xAA
16xAF
SS off
Shadows to medium
Lighting to high and everything else on Maximum

Onboard: 17 (during heavy action sequences with multiple enemies, lots of guns being fired, etc)

X-Fi: 37 (same scene)

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:24 PM
hows that same scene with your live! 24-bit? and y9our board has the onboard audio that doesnt benefit from the riser board

superklye
11-14-05, 11:30 PM
Okay, then what is the riser board? And with the 24-bit, the same scene averaged 34FPS, so it's not a massive increase by any means, HOWEVER, I was able to enable the EAX HD audio, which was not an option on the 24-bit, so I guess I should test without that enabled as well and see if there is any difference, though I doubt there will be.

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:35 PM
heres is what mine loks like. i love it to death.

http://www.abit-usa.com/news/2005/20050107.php

HOLY CRAP, DDL? doesn thast mean i could get a home theater and do like the nforce2 soundstorm does, with the optical out? hmm...

superklye
11-14-05, 11:42 PM
heres is what mine loks like. i love it to death.

http://www.abit-usa.com/news/2005/20050107.php

HOLY CRAP, DDL? doesn thast mean i could get a home theater and do like the nforce2 soundstorm does, with the optical out? hmm...
That's what it sounds like...so the riser board is like an integrated soundcard that doesn't use CPU cycles?

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:47 PM
yeah pretty much. i HATE sb stuff, but i know how much onbaord sucks. that was the second largest selling point for me with this baord. i had read in a few places that the riser boards dont eat cpu cycles, so i jumped in and i havent looked back. now i just gotta go to walmart tomorrow and buy a home theater for my pc

superklye
11-14-05, 11:49 PM
Nice...I guess in that case, it's definitely worth it, and with DDL, it seems like quite a sweet deal. While the X-Fi doesn't do DDL, I'm still more than impressed with its power and capabilities. I really can't wait until games start taking advantage of the X-RAM.

zoomy942
11-14-05, 11:51 PM
yeah, at that point i may have no choice but to get one of those:) but you better believe ill wait till they are beating down my door forcing me to use one.

superklye
11-14-05, 11:54 PM
Why the animosity? And I believe it's your Live! 24-bit that was used in the review... :p

zoomy942
11-15-05, 12:05 AM
i pride myself among lan partiers and such that i NEVER get BSOD's, ever. well, that was until i tried a live 24-bit, an audigy and an audigy 2. i know it could be any number of thins, but when they were removed, things were fine. and in COD1, the game ran better with EAX disabled. just my humble opinion.. its not like i have a 2.85 ghz cpu to back it up.

superklye
11-15-05, 12:22 AM
That's weird man, and until the drivers for the X-Fi required me to have QuickTime installed to run, I never had a problem with an SB card, besides my shot Live! 5.1 that refused to do 5.1.

jolle
11-15-05, 07:08 AM
havent had a creative card for years, been a bit turned off by them due to different reasons..
But, when they released the X-Fi and stopped rehashing that poor old Live! chip, IE acctually did something new, I felt it was time to give then a chance..
And Im VERY happy with my X-Fi XtremeMusic, no crashes or instabilities at all, just superb sound. (perhaps cause im not using Nforce4 hehe)
A pleasant supprise to say atleast.

Dazz
11-15-05, 07:32 AM
Never had problems with Creatives cards, using an X-Fi Fatil1ty FPS amazing sound card. The 64MB will come in handy in future games.