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Old 01-27-08, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default Is Creative Done

Their hasn't been a major soundcard from these guys in over a year.

The last one i remember was the XFI Fatality from September 06.

They did release one, a PCI-ex version but that ones is garbage so are these guys done with soundcards cuz they sure don't release drivers either no more.
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Old 01-27-08, 03:46 PM   #2
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Yeah they are about due for a new sound card, I mean the one I'm using is from september 2005!
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Old 01-27-08, 03:53 PM   #3
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Well they have really monopolized the gaming sound card market. What is their real incentive?
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Old 01-27-08, 03:56 PM   #4
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I'd guess so. There's more money to be made in their other lines of business, especially now that Vista's software audio rendering has made dedicated hardware redundant, and onboard digital-outputs have made SnR ratio boasting a thing of the past.
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Old 01-27-08, 03:56 PM   #5
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They are working on a new high end soundcard.

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?op...5099&Itemid=57
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Old 01-27-08, 04:51 PM   #6
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The X-Fi packs alot of power compared to previous Audigy2 chips it seems.
Wonder if any game has been using a fair share of that power?
Quake4 used some of the EAX5 stuff with OpenAL, but other then that there hasnt been that heavy implementations afaik.
Dunno if there is any real NEED for a more powerful chip or not.

Im getting the impression that gamedevs use it less and less.
1) console ports, we get alot of that today, and they use crossplatform sound APIs from MS I guess (Xaudio or somesuch?).
2) Alot of people stick with onboard audio, which doesnt offer much in HW acceleration.
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Old 01-27-08, 09:58 PM   #7
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Yea, pretty much with Vista and good onboard HD audio, you don't need the expensive XFI that still has cracking issues even with newer chipsets.

I think Creative hit a wall when it comes to these cards so if they want to be anygood, they need to move to better PCI-e offerings instead of the crap out now.
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I wish they were done. They have been sucking for years.

Too bad Aureal went under.
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Old 01-27-08, 11:18 PM   #9
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Oh, i loved aureal. They had some good cards and TurleBeach series kicked butt.

Auzetech seems good but only on Newegg.
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I wish they were done. They have been sucking for years.

Too bad Aureal went under.
Ahh A3D... but Creative acquired Aureal assets through bankruptcy court in 2000 then they later incorporated advanced A3D features into EAX.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A3D
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Consumer level soundcards are only a small portion of Creative's range.

The own EMU Systems who produce professional audio engineering equipment and synthesisers. They also do a very brisk trade in portable media players with their Zen range.

Creative are not dead but with any luck their consumer sound cards will be. They mistreat their consumer sound card customers with unstable drivers, forced obsolescence and a support infrastructure which ignores the customer should they have any technical issues.
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I think they're taking their time because their new soundcard product will have to differentiate itself sufficiently from the X-Fi series. It simply have to be a big enough step forward so they can say even to X-Fi owners "look you MUST have this new product!"
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