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MaXThReAT
02-22-06, 01:48 PM
I recently found out the new X-fi cards are now coming with a heat sink on the main chip. I purchased mine early on and do not have a heat sink. I've been thinking about contacting creative and asking them for a free heat sink. Its not like they cost allot but if it needs to be on there, my card might be overheating and could fail sooner then it should, I would think they would send one. I can feel the main chip getting pretty hot.

Has anyone ells attempted to put a heat sink on their X-Fi and what kind did you use?

sharangad
02-22-06, 04:03 PM
The reason they put a heatsink on the X-Fi I think is due to yield issues. When the initial revision came out, 'twas actually hard to get hold of one.

They proly had to discard a large number of EMU20k1 ( X-Fi ) chips because the yields were bad. So what they did was insead of throwing away the chips with thermal issues, they just stuck a heatsink on it and sold it on.

J-Mag
02-22-06, 04:14 PM
I pulled a flat (looks like maybe 4 or 5mm tall) black heatsink off an old S3 card to put on mine. Then I realized ther eis an X-Fi sticker over the chip which I would have to remove... Well I stopped at that point because if you want to RMA...

Anyway, if you are having issues with the card working properly you could RMA yours and get the new rev which has an updated firmware and the heat sink.

Aphot
02-22-06, 05:27 PM
Mine came with a heatsink :/

Does that mean my card is bad?

superklye
02-22-06, 05:28 PM
Mine came with a heatsink :/

Does that mean my card is bad?
Does yours work?

Aphot
02-22-06, 05:30 PM
Yes, indeed it does.

superklye
02-22-06, 05:31 PM
Yes, indeed it does.
Then I don't think it's bad. ;)

einstein_314
02-22-06, 06:48 PM
The reason they put a heatsink on the X-Fi I think is due to yield issues. When the initial revision came out, 'twas actually hard to get hold of one.

They proly had to discard a large number of EMU20k1 ( X-Fi ) chips because the yields were bad. So what they did was insead of throwing away the chips with thermal issues, they just stuck a heatsink on it and sold it on.
Uh, I'd say that your wrong. They don't throw away chips with a "thermal issue". (I'm not sure what you mean by a thermal issue) They through away chips that flat out don't work. Some engineer probably just decided that it would be a good idea to slap on a heat sink.

ViN86
02-22-06, 08:25 PM
Uh, I'd say that your wrong. They don't throw away chips with a "thermal issue". (I'm not sure what you mean by a thermal issue) They through away chips that flat out don't work. Some engineer probably just decided that it would be a good idea to slap on a heat sink.
maybe they just wanted to make the card more Fatal1ty style and 'l33t' :bleh:

nekrosoft13
02-22-06, 08:41 PM
only Fatality comes with heatsink

plus the Fatality card is a big joke, its same as excatly the same as extrememusic and platinum, only diffrence is x-ram.

elite-pro is completly different board desing

keith33
02-22-06, 08:42 PM
maybe they just wanted to make the card more Fatal1ty style and 'l33t' :bleh:

I want some damn LEDs on my sound card and UV reactive PCB, oh and it should say "I pity the fool that doesn't pwn with an X-Fi... Xtreme Fidelity, for those with Xtreme doses of Viagra!!!!11!one1one!" ;)

nekrosoft13
02-22-06, 09:00 PM
i want elitepro, only good x-fi card

superklye
02-22-06, 09:04 PM
i want elitepro, only good x-fi card
*struts*

I love this card so much.

tacos4me
02-22-06, 09:13 PM
My Extreme Music came with a heatsink. I couldn't afford the nice X-Fi's. :bleh:

nekrosoft13
02-22-06, 09:30 PM
*struts*

I love this card so much.

can i borrow it, for lets say 2-3 years :D

superklye
02-22-06, 09:31 PM
can i borrow it, for lets say 2-3 years :D
As long as I can borrow $400 for 2-3 years. :D

nekrosoft13
02-22-06, 09:43 PM
As long as I can borrow $400 for 2-3 years. :D

can it be $400 canadian? :D

i just quickly looked thru your review. got few questions.

about quicktime, after installing drivers, can you remove quicktime and reinatlal alternative?

second question, is it possible to somehow buy just the card, i really don't need the breakout box.

superklye
02-22-06, 10:11 PM
I don't know about the QT thing. It was VERY odd. I've since reformatted a few times and every time I installed the drivers without ever having QT installed and there was no problem any of those times.

And you'd have to buy the card without the box after market (i.e. eBay or used from someone here or another forum). You can't get it without the box as far as I know.

And $800 Canadian. ;)

einstein_314
02-22-06, 11:11 PM
only Fatality comes with heatsink

plus the Fatality card is a big joke, its same as excatly the same as extrememusic and platinum, only diffrence is x-ram.

elite-pro is completly different board desing
I'm pretty sure they all come with heatsinks now. And yes the only difference between the Fatal1ty and the Platinum is the 64mb of X-ram. But you always pay for new fandangled technology.

nekrosoft13
02-22-06, 11:44 PM
I'm pretty sure they all come with heatsinks now. And yes the only difference between the Fatal1ty and the Platinum is the 64mb of X-ram. But you always pay for new fandangled technology.

if that was true, fatality wouldn't be that much more, in this case you pay for the name

superklye
02-23-06, 01:45 AM
I'm pretty sure they all come with heatsinks now. And yes the only difference between the Fatal1ty and the Platinum is the 64mb of X-ram. But you always pay for new fandangled technology.
No...the there are higher quality DACs on the the Elite Pro, too. Professional quality DACs.

harl
02-23-06, 04:59 AM
No...the there are higher quality DACs on the the Elite Pro, too. Professional quality DACs.

I think Platinum and Fata1ty are the same except from the X-Ram
Elite Pro it's the only card with diferent's DAC's and beter SNR of
the family.

BTW any pictures of the heatsinks?

nekrosoft13
02-23-06, 07:19 AM
i want X-Fi, but extrememusic, plat and fatality, seem like a waste of money. i really like Elite Pro, but then again, thats to much money.

right now i have Audigy 2 ZS Plat.

superklye
02-23-06, 07:35 AM
I think Platinum and Fata1ty are the same except from the X-Ram
Elite Pro it's the only card with diferent's DAC's and beter SNR of
the family.

BTW any pictures of the heatsinks?
Ugh...I was...drunk last night and I made Platinum = Elite Pro. That was my bad.

Superfly
02-23-06, 07:47 AM
hows the hangover then??

fancy a greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray??