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Which sound card is better

by saitokokeimei / June 5, 2008 9:19 AM PDT

I bought an Audigy SE 7.1 a while back thinking "hey, it's an audigy, so it's an upgrade" then found out that it was just BRANDED as an audigy, but was really junk.

I have an old Live! X-Gamer card and was wondering if the X-Gamer would work better than the Audigy SE budget card.

I also have the RealTek on my Gigabyte board but I feel pretty confident that a good card can't be beaten.

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compatibility
by saitokokeimei / June 5, 2008 12:25 PM PDT

will the Live! even work with Windows XP?

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i like mobo sound
by squirtlewa / June 6, 2008 12:08 AM PDT

nowadays I just stick with what's built-in.
In particular I have prob'ly the same chipset on my Gigabyte board and have been fooled several times into thinking game sounds were actually real life.

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EAX
by saitokokeimei / June 6, 2008 9:02 AM PDT
In reply to: i like mobo sound

have you ever had a sound card with EAX? They used to make a big difference, but when I went to Windows XP i assumed my old card wouldn't work and never bought a new sound card since, besides the audigy SE. From what I've figured out, Creative calls their EAX "CMSS 3D Surround now". Well the CMSS doesn't sound good on this Audigy (because it's not really a hardware card, I've been told), and whenever I enable the EAX in any game, whether it's Battlefield 2142 or Unreal Tournament 3, it becomes extremely garbled and choppy and just sick. The EAX is what I'm after, and I remember playing the original Unreal Tournament and being able to hear every bullet wizz by my head. I could tell where people were at with it. I can't do that now, not with nvidia's nforce mobo sound, not with the Gigabyte RealTek HD sound, and not with this Audigy SE. Some games do have a bit of environmental sound, like I can tell when I'm underwater in halflife games, or when I enter a building in wow, but the effects sound like they're just simple software processing programmed into the game and they're not very accurate. Not like a good EAX card used to be.

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Nod to onboard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2008 12:12 AM PDT

Try those first. HOWEVER if you want to record audio you want to rethink this but very few do that.

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?
by saitokokeimei / June 9, 2008 8:18 AM PDT

so i guess no one uses EAX?

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I use EAX extensively...
by fbbbb / June 9, 2008 10:39 PM PDT
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... and so does any gamer.

There are some EAX compatible non-Creative cards. There are also very low-end cards branded X-Fi/EAX but these do all their processing in software which will impact your PC's performance. All the recent hoo-ha about Creative's attitude to it's users aside, the mainstream X-Fi range - the XTremegamer upwards - gives you the most flexible soundcard for all-round use, with better quality than built-in audio.

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alright
by saitokokeimei / June 10, 2008 4:30 AM PDT

Is it only the latest and newest creative cards that aren't toned down to worthless software cards? I just didn't want to have to shell out $150 for an X-fi card when I'm just trying to get EAX.

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