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Old 03-31-09, 02:57 PM   #1
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Default Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

On the new X58 boards does the X-Fi cause any probems .Or is the on board sound card just as good. I have a Gigabyte EX58-UD5.I have heard the newer on board sound was just as good or cIose to it.
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Old 03-31-09, 03:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

i just went though this

while upgrading to i7, my x-fi died, and i was stuck with onboard for few days.
couldn't stand it, first grabbed the xonar (but it was defective).

So now i have x-fi prelude (auzentech), so now is all good again
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Old 03-31-09, 03:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

I was hopeing the onboard sound was pretty good with the new X58 chipsets.I may have to get me a PCIe sound card.I got a place with it will fit .
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Old 03-31-09, 04:43 PM   #4
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I was hopeing the onboard sound was pretty good with the new X58 chipsets.I may have to get me a PCIe sound card.I got a place with it will fit .
Well, most onboard chips look nice on paper, but IRL it's not that simple. You need to bear in mind that no matter how advanced the integrated audio chip may be in the digital domain (DD decoding, processing, etc.), the actual sound quality will be only as good as the digital-to-analog converters used, and the onboard ones generally range from crappy to very crappy. You have a nice set of speakers, so I think it makes sense to invest in a decent dedicated card.

I've had some issues with my X-Fi (mostly driver problems, e.g. they still haven't solved the resume-from-standby thing), but no real showstoppers, and it just sounds great. Plus, you don't have to worry about EAX/OpenAL compatibility, etc., everything just works. I have no experience with Auzentech cards, but they get great reviews, plus they are based on X-Fi, so - again - no compatibility issues. I'd stay away from Xonar...
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I don't think I have ever NOT used a sound card Have had my X-Fi for years now and I still think it sounds great
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

Prelude sounds better then normal x-fi.

I really can't comment on the Xonar sound quality, since the one i got was busted, and it was the only one in the store.
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

My X-fi makes all my friends jealous and they wish they had one. So yes. it causes problems.
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Old 04-01-09, 09:35 AM   #8
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

i now have a Auzentech Forte X-fi which i use with logitech 530 5.1 speakers and speedlink home 5.1 headphones

http://www.xsreviews.co.uk/reviews/a...x-fi-forte-71/


and WOW, hugely superior to the extreme gamer i used before. the main reason i got it is because the vista 64 drivers are very stable unlike what i experienced with the xtreme gamer drivers.

on the Forte its a lovely full sound too which i havent heard before and the base is more obvious and mellow

i had tried the realtek audio on my new x58 but the rear channel didnt work unless using the 7.1 option. very fked up drivers by realtek.

but i highly recomend the forte! (i got it brand new from on ebay at £70)

it can be used in any pci express slot - 1x up to 16x

GTA IV sounds much clearer than on the x-fi xtreme gamer too, on that voices would often go quiet or the radio stations would change volume, but on the forte everything is crystal clear and consistant
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

The gamer isn't a "real" x-fi though is it?
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Default Re: Does the X-Fi sound card cause any probems.

isnt it? what makes you think that?

as i believe my older xtremegamer is a proper x-fi card

maybe your thinking of the xtremeaudio

still no where near as good as the forte though
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Yes yes ,The old one is I think

Great bargain on the Forte BTW!!
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gamer is fine, the X-Fi Xtreme Audio is just a Audigy SE card with x-fi logo
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