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Hey guys,

Semi-audio-noob here. I need some help with this Titanium Fatal1ty card.

Could anyone point out the differences for me? I have an insanely good deal on the Fatal1ty right now (half off) but it only lasts until the end of day today. If it is better than the Titanium HD, then it's a no-brainer. That's what I need to know.

I would be using AD700s with it, and I mainly want awesome game sounds.

Thanks as always, cutie-pies.

<3 Plex
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Whoops, forgot to attach links:

Fatal1ty: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102021

Titanium HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102033
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I'm not cute, but a friend of mine on here who is a professional reviewer has told me that the Titanium HD is the best Creative card he has ever reviewed. He would love to see me upgrade to it!

I can't mention his OCN name in public for the safety of his anonymity, so I'll PM it to you.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;14589991 
I'm not cute, but a friend of mine on here who is a professional reviewer has told me that the Titanium HD is the best Creative card he has ever reviewed. He would love to see me upgrade to it!

I can't mention his OCN name in public for the safety of his anonymity, so I'll PM it to you.

You are a gentleman and a scholar, thank you sir.
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The Titanium HD has much better components of the two and is the only Creative card I'd consider right now.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables;14589991 
I can't mention his OCN name in public for the safety of his anonymity, so I'll PM it to you.

oooo :3

@Plex, the Ti-HD is a superb card. Creative got it perfectly correct with this card. The drivers are absolutely stable and have zero flaws.. well for me anyways.

It simply isn't worth getting the [gimmicky, and yes, I owned it and the HD is just totally better] Fatal1ty card when a quality card like the Ti-HD is an option as well smile.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Plex;14589951 
Hey guys,

Semi-audio-noob here. I need some help with this Titanium Fatal1ty card.

Could anyone point out the differences for me? I have an insanely good deal on the Fatal1ty right now (half off) but it only lasts until the end of day today. If it is better than the Titanium HD, then it's a no-brainer. That's what I need to know.

I would be using AD700s with it, and I mainly want awesome game sounds.

Thanks as always, cutie-pies.

<3 Plex

Titanium HD is the ONLY creative card thats worth the price, and thus the best creative sound card. The difference? XRAM. Fatal1ty has it while normal Titanium doesn't. What does it do? It increases your fps by 1-2 IF the developers of the game bother to use it, which they don't. Thus you should just buy the titanium HD.
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I have both the STX and the Titanium HD. My recommendation goes to the HD but I would like to point out some of the issues associated with this card. It is my belief that an informed opinion should weigh some cons as well.


While the Titanium HD is the best card from Creative, I would not call it 'superb' or say that 'Creative got it right'. Far from it, this card, like all XFI products, is plagued by poor software. I will give you an example. I am using a Vertex 2 SSD as my OS drive and my Titanium HD is installed on it. Whenever I want to open the Creative Mixer from either the icon or shortcut, I need to wait 40 seconds for this to open. I never paid attention to this issue because all my Creative products were on normal HDDs so I assumed they were slow. Now that I have an SSD and I see that the Creative Software is as fast as on a normal HDD I picked on this issue.

Second, the drivers are not stable. When I use ASIO in foobar or MixMeister to do on the fly mixing, I often get a program crash. Upon closer investigation, I noticed it was the creative ASIO driver. I will give you another simple day to day usage example. Every now and then the audio driver keeps colliding with skype's audio settings and I end up with a skype message saying it cannot detect my sound card. Bear in mind that these are the latest drivers.


There is no easy switch between heaphones and speakers. The STX excels here because you can have both your cans and speakers connected. The HD, nada!


The bottom line is that when the HD works, it is a lovely card. When it does not work, you will end up formatting just to fix a simple issue. This has been the problem with Creative products since the original Audigy products. One would think that Creative will learn from their mistakes but it is wishful thinking.



P.S. Reviewers for both the HD and STX do not spend sufficient time or use a significant number of tests to point out the instability of the software.
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The problem with your post is you assume that every one will have issues. Just because you have issues with your X-FI HD software. Do not mean every one does. Because I sure dont. I didnt have issues with my STX either.

The software isnt unstable on my computer and been working great for 3 weeks so far.I did every thing from listening to music games and movies while changing the modes. Even Changed a mod while I had music going forgetting to close the program down.

Also different configs react different. Just like some one else can still have issues even IF I didnt.

The first thing the op should do is change out the op-amps in his I/V socket if he knows how to. As they uses the default JRCs.

Edit: I also use Asio when i creating music besides using it when I listen to music. I not having any asio issues either.
Edited by admflameberg - 8/15/11 at 9:16am
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