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malachi1313
11-20-06, 06:21 PM
Don't know if it's integrated or an add-in but it still loox cool!! From the INQ: http://www.msi.com.tw/program/newsrelease/news_page.php?UID=503

Lazaredz
11-20-06, 06:33 PM
Impressive if true.

OWA
11-20-06, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the link. Here is the blurb on the X-Fi. I can't tell from reading the product sheet how they're handling it.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio which is the best hardware 7.1 surround audio for all motherboards, gives users great audio experience on BlueRay DVD video and extreme 3D gaming. It's currently the best solution for home theater and for extreme gaming purposes. Besides the great performance and spec, MSI includes the eSATA solution with power on instant backup technology that enables end users to backup their system drive easily and give them more data protection! The P6N Diamond is totally prepared for great gamers, family server or workstation and home media center. Experience the best 3D gaming and surround audio quality only with P6N Diamond ! Coming soon!

The especially built-in 4 PCI-E x16 slot design with x8 or x16 bandwidth is great for gamers. The Quad SLI and other special cards for upgrade are by far the best design for this great 680i chipset specification.
In their pic, I only see 2 slots.

jAkUp
11-20-06, 07:22 PM
Yea, only 2 PCIe 16x slots.

J-Mag
11-20-06, 07:25 PM
Obviously PR used the wrong pic for the board... I mean the 680's have more than 34 PCI-E lanes assumed with that pic.

Dazz
11-20-06, 10:31 PM
It's the nForce 650i not 680i, as such it's 2x 8x PCI-Ex slots. The dimond will be the 680i and will have 3 PCI 2x slots 2x 16x + 1x 8x. Hence the jumper card in the middle.

JoKeRr
11-20-06, 10:45 PM
that's amazing, can't wait to see the actual board and OC result out of it. And hope it doesn't have a 300+ price tag.

TiKiMaN1
11-20-06, 11:21 PM
I thought MSI might do something like this.

MUYA
11-21-06, 12:23 AM
Is teh Xi-Fi really a Xi-Fi ...? I mean there was a low end version based..on not the Xi-Fi? if you know what I mean?

DJB
11-21-06, 12:47 AM
Actually yes, there may now be a "low end" X-Fi at the low end of the "eXtreme" line.
Beware, it is like what they did with they AudigySE. It is a cut down version.
See this thread:

http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=200348


DJB

MUYA
11-21-06, 12:50 AM
Actually yes, there is now a "low end" X-Fi at the low end of the "eXtreme" line.
Beware, it is like what they did with they AudigySE. It is a cut down version.


DJB
So this one MSI is bundling with is a normal Xi-Fi or...the erm low end one? Anyone have any ideas? Might be part of my new rig...when I get round to it

DJB
11-21-06, 12:56 AM
I can't imagine that there would be a motherboard solution that is the full blown X-Fi already. The add-in cards have not been around that long, and motherboard solutions lag behind a bit usually. But heh, I have not actually seen one.

DJB

Dazz
11-21-06, 01:11 PM
Low end off course. Still better then any intergrated sound card out there by miles. But to me it's a put off sure you get EAX 5.0 but no dolby live :(

malachi1313
11-21-06, 03:04 PM
I just bought the lowend version and it doesn't have Xram, Front end/box connectors or Firewire. Basically it is the same as the other extreme gamer without all the crap I never used. Here is a pic:http://www.soundblaster.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=208&product=15853

Sounds awesome especially during music playback{love the EQ}. It lets you select XFI hardware in all the games that support it. Doesn't come with the bloated price either{still payed a cool $100 for it though:( }

malachi1313
11-21-06, 03:15 PM
In reply to the Guru3d thread:
This card has the exact functions of the other extreme gamer and takes the real drivers so this isn't a software solution. The card is cut down for price and also to fit sff pc's. other than that it is the same as the first run of xfi extreme gamer cards. I got a boost in FPS by about 5% over my Audigy 2.

malachi1313
11-21-06, 03:26 PM
This is a little off topic but from what i've gathered thus far is that the Xtreme audio version is software accelerated while the gamer is hardware. The solution going into MSI's boards are probably going to be the software solution.

malachi1313
11-21-06, 03:33 PM
Further observations: if you go here you can see a comparison list of what each card supports {Click on features}:
http://dmzweb4.europe.creative.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE/,/?St=350,E=0000000000171567940,K=360,Sxi=17,Kb=ww_e nglish_add,VARSET=ws:http://us.creative.com/,Case=obj(26156)#
The gamer card goes all the way to EAX 5.0, is hardware accelerated, and has 128 voices while the audio version does not. Just some clarification on my part. II'm glad I bought the card!!!:captnkill: