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post #11 of 26
Good choice on the soundcard. It is phenomenal. IMHO, I liked it better than the Xonar STX. You will not be disappointed.
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Thanks, thoses were my options, X-Fi Titanium HD or the Xonar. I kept reading how poorly Xonar preforms in games and how the drivers were. I read enough bad reviews that i had no choice but to go with the X-fi
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post #13 of 26
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Thanks, thoses were my options, X-Fi Titanium HD or the Xonar. I kept reading how poorly Xonar preforms in games and how the drivers were. I read enough bad reviews that i had no choice but to go with the X-fi
The Titanium HD has good drivers. The control panel is a little sluggish but still gets the job done.
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post #14 of 26
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Thanks, thoses were my options, X-Fi Titanium HD or the Xonar. I kept reading how poorly Xonar preforms in games and how the drivers were. I read enough bad reviews that i had no choice but to go with the X-fi
I don't know where you read anything, but in W7 Ultimate 64bit my Xonar DX runs rock solid. Absolutely 0 driver issues. It's the older Creative cards (Pre-HD) that are known to have issues with W7, like the X-fi Titanium.

As for gaming performance, I find my Xonar to be just as good as Creative cards in any situation except for BC2. BC2 is the only exception I've yet to hear about/experience.
Regardless, the HD is a great sound card, you'll enjoy it.
post #15 of 26
As a Xonar ST owner on Win7 x64 I am also curious where my driver errors are. Addiotinally, positional audio has been wonderful with dolby headphone. BC2 is the only game that's really paraded around as being a pitfall of the Xonar cards, but in a few months when BF3 is out, who the heck will care about BC2
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post #16 of 26
When it comes to the HD vs the STX, it pretty much boils down to personal preference (company loyalty, driver features, aesthetics, etc.). The performance put out by both cards are nearly identical. The only reason why I chose the HD over the STX is that when I had the STX I thought a lot of my music sounded "flat", even with EQ tweaked. I moved to the HD and that issue was gone! Also I like Creative's drivers better (the control panel especially). IDK where people got the issues with drivers and stuff but out of the 3 Creative cards I have owned they all work flawlessly with Windows 7. I guess maybe it was for those that had XP and Vista who were experiencing the various issues?
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post #17 of 26
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I guess maybe it was for those that had XP and Vista who were experiencing the various issues?
No, the opposite. All the Creative cards before the HD are known to have driver issues with W7. Not for everyone, but for enough people to be an issue. That's why Xonars became exceptionally popular with W7.

As for music sounding "flat", many tend to like that, though I've not heard of that "issue" with the Essences before.
post #18 of 26
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As a Xonar ST owner on Win7 x64 I am also curious where my driver errors are. Addiotinally, positional audio has been wonderful with dolby headphone. BC2 is the only game that's really paraded around as being a pitfall of the Xonar cards, but in a few months when BF3 is out, who the heck will care about BC2
Unless BF3 uses a similar or the same audio engine as BC2. In which case...
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post #19 of 26
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Unless BF3 uses a similar or the same audio engine as BC2. In which case...
They've already made it clear that they're revamping the audio engine. AFAIK they also stated they were aware of the Xonar issues and would address it in BF3.
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They've already made it clear that they're revamping the audio engine. AFAIK they also stated they were aware of the Xonar issues and would address it in BF3.
Hey, if that happens, I'll get rid of a sound card. Until I get to test both, I'm not doing anything just yet.
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