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post #1 of 12
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If i am going to fit everything on the motherboard of my new build, i am going to need a x1 PCI sound card.

In case anyone cares, the new build is posted here -->http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ns-wanted.html

Should i get the Asus Xonar DX 7.1 --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006

Or the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

I want something that is good for both gaming and watching movies.

Any other suggestions?

This sound card will output to a Sony Shelf Speaker System (120 watts, 60 watts per channel).
Edited by crimsontears809739 - 5/23/11 at 11:25am
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post #2 of 12
The DX, but if you can find the X-Fi Titanium HD for under $100 then that would be a better choice.

It does dip right above $100 when it's on sale.
    
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post #3 of 12
Why don't you just output optical SPDIF directly to the receiver? Then you can just change audio settings via the receiver rather than from your computer.
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I'm not much on the details on Sound-tech, but if you can get over the stupid drivers on the Titanium, it is a beast.
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post #5 of 12
The DX for that price range, you can find a used one under $50
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A better question would be, is the X-Fi Titanium better than the Xonar DX?
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post #7 of 12
For music, yes.

For gaming, no. X-Fi offers the best sound positioning on the market.
post #8 of 12
The X-fi is only better if you still play old games that use EAX. Modern games do not run EAX. The sound runs on OpenAL or software (since effects are recorded directly into the sound file).

Drivers? They are both pretty mediocre.
post #9 of 12
Op can you please post your complete setup you will be hooking up to the card. Not pc your audio setup. Speakers. cans, receivers etc etc
post #10 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Riou View Post
The X-fi is only better if you still play old games that use EAX. Modern games do not run EAX. The sound runs on OpenAL or software (since effects are recorded directly into the sound file).

Drivers? They are both pretty mediocre.
Xear3D EX is to get sound with older games that uses EAX for Asus cards. Same as Creatives Alchemy, Realtech has intregrated HD Codecs doing the same thing
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