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I have a PCI SB X-Fi Fatal1ty (EMU20K1 chip), which i do really enjoy, but i've been offered by a friend to buy his PCIe X-Fi Titanium (EMU20K2 chip).

I'm wondering if it is a worthwile replacement. I mostly game on my rig, along with playing music (mostly metal and classical). My speakers are Logitech X-530.

Also, is there any difference for a card to be PCI or PCIe in sound quality?
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Only differences between the two chips is that the new one fixes some popping/crackling issues. If you don't have those theres really no reason to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Wararchon;14640389 
Only differences between the two chips is that the new one fixes some popping/crackling issues. If you don't have those theres really no reason to upgrade.
This^ , unless the price to pay for that deal is no more than 10$

And there is no diffrence between PCI and PCIe , if your MoBo still has empty PCI slots after running SLI/CF you are ok , cause new mobos has only 1 PCI and in most multiGPUs it gets coverd by thier huge coolers
    
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Originally Posted by Wararchon;14640389 
Only differences between the two chips is that the new one fixes some popping/crackling issues. If you don't have those theres really no reason to upgrade.
Well, i have some cracking at bootup once in a blue moon, and a simple reboot will fix that. I can live with that, especially since i bought the card used.
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This^ , unless the price to pay for that deal is no more than 10$

And there is no diffrence between PCI and PCIe , if your MoBo still has empty PCI slots after running SLI/CF you are ok , cause new mobos has only 1 PCI and in most multiGPUs it gets coverd by thier huge coolers
Well, he plans to sell it to me for $50 (he paid like $80 for it BNIB, and he'll provide all accessories, no frontal panel tho). No trades, sadly (he wants my Fatal1ty for the front panel, but i'd pass it to my HTPC and he does not want my Audigy 2).

Also, the main reason of sacrificing temps on my SLI setup was to have all slots free on my mATX mobo, but a 120mm fan over them solves that small temp issue tongue.gif

I have both PCIe x1 and PCI slots free on my mobo, so i need to choose a card only for the audio quality. I also forgot to say i have some Senheiser HD 555 headphones, which sound very neat with the frontal panel of the Fatal1ty i have.
   
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Ok its good , that is the market price for used Titanium, so you gonna give him your older card for nothing , and buy his card with market price!!!!!

Dude, your friend seems to be taking advantage of you .........just say'n
    
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The newer chip may have better driver support in the future, though this is purely speculation on my part. (Creative's site currently lists drivers for the 20K2 models only.)

The Titanium's front panel is not nearly as good as the Platinum/Fatal1ty, and since you use a "real" set of headphones, you can plug them into the panel without an adapter. That alone is worth keeping the card IMO. Here's the newer style panel (no 1/4" port):
creative_x-fi_titanium-fatal1ty_professional-series.jpg

You'll notice a much bigger difference in sound quality from a different set of speakers -- both cards should sound the same. I think the benefit of the front panel with a 1/4" jack outweighs any benefits the Titanium for your scenario.
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Well, i've never had any driver issues on win 7 x64, even with the original ones (using PAX drivers now).

Also, the frontal panel was the only thing that made me doubt if to buy that card, as my friend's card does not have it (it's the basic Titanium model without shield). I connect my headphones to it, a mic, and my PS3 in the optical in so it can enjoy the advantages of the crystalizer. Also, the price premium for the card is not worth it IMO.

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