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I just bought my new PC and as the components arrive I am determining whether to install my old Creative Xtreme Gamer sound card or just use the onboard stuff. My new mother board is the MSI P67A-C43. Which one is better. I know Creative drivers for Win7 still suck.
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Creative Xtreme Gamer will be better than that on-board crap any day !
    
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Originally Posted by Mosquito View Post
I just bought my new PC and as the components arrive I am determining whether to install my old Creative Xtreme Gamer sound card or just use the onboard stuff. My new mother board is the MSI P67A-C43. Which one is better. I know Creative drivers for Win7 still suck.
I have the XtremeGamer and Windows 7 64-bit, but I have had zero problems.

Although, I'm also using Daniel_K's "X-Fi Support Pack 2.0" which I am having trouble finding these days so I made it available here:

http://home.comcast.net/~twocables/XFI_SupportPack_2_0.exe

Anyway, the XtremeGamer will blow the onboard audio away.
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post #4 of 11
guess it would depend on how good your speakers / headphones are
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post #5 of 11
XtremeGamer is well worth it for sure. Check out those drivers TwoCables linked to, should help you out quite a bit.
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I did have the card running in my last setup, but the current drivers that is shows on Creative's website did not work as they are for Windows Vista. I did however have the odd boot where there would be no sound.
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post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mosquito View Post
I did have the card running in my last setup, but the current drivers that is shows on Creative's website did not work as they are for Windows Vista. I did however have the odd boot where there would be no sound.
They do have Windows 7 drivers now, but I still recommend Daniel_K's X-Fi Support Pack 2.0.
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post #8 of 11
I think the sound card is fantastic, it's definitely given me more quality than my onboard. Easily~ just having the option for quality 3d sound in gaming is great, and my music sounds wonderful with my new HD 595 headphones. It could be placebo effect, who knows, but I hear a good difference.
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They do have Windows 7 drivers now, but I still recommend Daniel_K's X-Fi Support Pack 2.0.
What is the difference between Daniel K's Support Pack 2.0 and his SB X-Fi PCI Install Disc 1.0?
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What is the difference between Daniel K's Support Pack 2.0 and his SB X-Fi PCI Install Disc 1.0?
I don't know, but that is newer. I am tempted to try it! I haven't actively sought out a newer version by him because this one keeps working for me.
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