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Hey guys

so due to my on board sound causing bf3 to crash i need an dedicated card.

I need the best card for gaming and also if possible, music production. though at the moment all my music is produced on mac but i just want the option.

So what are the best sound cards to go for?
Edited by InfernoUk - 10/29/11 at 6:06am
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The CreativeLabs Titanium isn't too bad:

http://us.store.creative.com/Creativ...B001E25KDK.htm

And no, i'm not talking about that silly "Fatal1ty" crappy version either.

It's a decent all round card, more orientated for gaming. An alternative to Creativelabs that i could recommend would be the Asus DX:

http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_DX/

Or the D2X if you wanted to step it up a bit:

http://uk.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_D2X/


All of the above are pretty decent cards, especially if you don't want to spend an absolute fortune. As for the "Best" soundcard on the market, i couldn't say as i don't have any experience with any other cards.
post #3 of 28
M-Audio audio interfaces. like the Audiophile 24/96 or the Audiophile 192.

can you tell us what kind of music production you do? so we can even give you a better one.
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M-Audio audio interfaces. like the Audiophile 24/96 or the Audiophile 192.

can you tell us what kind of music production you do? so we can even give you a better one.
uts not the essential factor id rather have it optimised for gaming. its dance music.
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Gaming and music production don't play nice with each other. For production, you want a very clean, professional grade card with a multitude of inputs and outputs. For gaming you want something with gaming features such as EAX and 3D positioning.

You're gonna have to pick one or the other to focus on.
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post #6 of 28
Quote:
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uts not the essential factor id rather have it optimised for gaming. its dance music.
In that case, Creative X-Fi Titanium HD or Auzentech Forte X-Fi 7.1
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post #7 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by InfernoUk View Post
uts not the essential factor id rather have it optimised for gaming. its dance music.
With this in mind, i'd go with the Creativelabs Titanium. Creativelabs tailor more for the gamer (especially if you note their gimmicky "Fatal1ty" products) where'as Asus cards better support music.

The difference is noticeable too. I found my D2X had better music quality compared to my Creativelabs Titanium.
post #8 of 28
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Gaming and music production don't play nice with each other. For production, you want a very clean, professional grade card with a multitude of inputs and outputs. For gaming you want something with gaming features such as EAX and 3D positioning.

You're gonna have to pick one or the other to focus on.
as i said gaming. it would just be nice to use for production but i already have a mac setup for that so its not an issue.
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post #9 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by InfernoUk View Post
uts not the essential factor id rather have it optimised for gaming. its dance music.
i see. then any sound card from ASUS, Creative will be perfect for you.
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post #10 of 28
I'd just go for a Creative Titanium HD. Cheap, good components, great for gaming, good for music.
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