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hi there!

i have an Auzentech X-Fi Forte that I dearly love, but when I bought it I wasn't concerned with Linux compatibility. Now I am and the Forte is not compatible in the least.

So I'm looking at the Xonar line to replace it, since they are very compatible and I hear produce great sound.

Basically I'm torn between the D1 and the ST/X. Can someone recommend the right one for me between the two?

I mostly game but I also enjoy listening to FLAC files and occasionally toy around with music production (nothing serious.)

I primarily use my headphones, ATH-M50s (38 Ohm) and I was told they shine best with an amp, hence I lean toward the ST/X. But I don't want to overpay and get something where I'm not making use of most of its features (upgradable op-amps) and where the sound quality difference may not be worth the $100 difference (is it?)

So any feedback people can give me would be most appreciated.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 9
will actually the DX/D1 is better than the Forte in Music/Movies
the Forte having Creative techs is a Little bet better in gaming but known for the lame drivers (your issue here)

so the DX/D1 is very good , actually its now the best (performance to Price) card
although people complained about weak performance only in BC2

sure thing the ST/X is better than the DX (better audio quality+extra headphone AMP) but IMO not 100$ better

and dont worry your headphones will do great with the DX

so i would recommend the DX , or if you don't care about 100$ sure go for the ST , its all about the pocket

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I can recommend the D1. I was comparing an Auzentech card, and went with the Asus specifically for linux compatibility, and I'm glad I did. It sounds beautiful. I forget I'm wearing headphones a lot. Its strong point is media, but I don't find it lacking for games.
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thanks gentlemen! that sets my heart at ease, then.

D1 it is!
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ok.........glad to help you
but you sure you know that the DX and the D1 are the same (PCI / PCIe)

and the ST and STX are 90% the same

just making things clear
    
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ok.........glad to help you
but you sure you know that the DX and the D1 are the same (PCI / PCIe)

and the ST and STX are 90% the same

just making things clear

indeed i am, thanks! i chose the D1 over the DX because i understand that it doesn't require an extra molex connection for power.
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indeed i am, thanks! i chose the D1 over the DX because i understand that it doesn't require an extra molex connection for power.
ok that's fine although i do like the PCIe in case of running 2GPUs it will come in hand

enjoy your D1

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post #8 of 9
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ok that's fine although i do like the PCIe in case of running 2GPUs it will come in hand

enjoy your D1

glad to help
thanks! i did consider that. i've yet to go SLI or Xfire, but i also know that i'm going watercooling, which takes those two slot cards and makes em one slot, so i think it'll work out ok.

i also considered that pci-e is more progressive as far as tech goes, but i think i'll be ok for the forseeable future.

thanks again!
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Later on if you do get headphones that req a amp, you can always plug a externel amp into the D1. The main features on the ST and STX is the the op-amp sockets while ST has jitter clock and H6 pins.
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