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Is Xonar GX2.5 and Creative X-Fi the same thing?

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Are these basically the same thing?
I ask because I'm about to get a sound card the ASUS Xonar DG.
Edited by remnant - 11/14/11 at 5:56pm
     
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No, Asus' GX technology tries to emulate Creative's EAX. It is not the same.
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but similar right? emulating by definition means to make a machine act like another.
     
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but similar right? emulating by definition means to make a machine act like another.

No, XiFI is an actual audio processor(E-mu 20K). The GX is just emulation for EAX software(deadtech anyways).
 
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but similar right? emulating by definition means to make a machine act like another.

It mimics the positional audio that Creative has patented, but is not the same thing. I personally have not had the chance to see the difference between the two, as ive only owned one creative card, and it didn't have EAX 5.0 like the newest line of cards do. However from other's experiences, that have owned both creative and asus, they are not the same. EAX is much more accurate, and feels more natural, where as GX 2.5 isnt, although it still does give a sense of realism with positional audio.

"X-Fi" is Creatives audio dsp chip that is found on the X-Fi series of sound cards, I think you have EAX and X-Fi confused.

If your buying a sound card solely for positional audio, Asus is not the best option. The Asus cards however do fairly well in just about everything else. So if your just looking for a card that is good with music and movies, and can handle gaming, stick with the Asus. If your looking solely for a gaming card, that highlights positional audio, definintely look at the Creative line, specifically the X-FI series.

Another plus to the card your looking to get, is that it has a headphone amp built in, which is a nice feature if you have a decent set of cans that can benefit from a headphone amp.
Edited by Mattb2e - 11/14/11 at 8:37pm
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It mimics the positional audio that Creative has patented, but is not the same thing. I personally have not had the chance to see the difference between the two, as ive only owned one creative card, and it didn't have EAX 5.0 like the newest line of cards do. However from other's experiences, that have owned both creative and asus, they are not the same. EAX is much more accurate, and feels more natural, where as GX 2.5 isnt, although it still does give a sense of realism with positional audio.
"X-Fi" is Creatives audio dsp chip that is found on the X-Fi series of sound cards, I think you have EAX and X-Fi confused.
If your buying a sound card solely for positional audio, Asus is not the best option. The Asus cards however do fairly well in just about everything else. So if your just looking for a card that is good with music and movies, and can handle gaming, stick with the Asus. If your looking solely for a gaming card, that highlights positional audio, definintely look at the Creative line, specifically the X-FI series.
Another plus to the card your looking to get, is that it has a headphone amp built in, which is a nice feature if you have a decent set of cans that can benefit from a headphone amp.

Ya its quite possible I have them mixed up.... Um.... I need a sound card with the ports for a 5.1 surround sound set..... so long as it has those ( and I use them) GX or EAX shouldnt play a part right? or am i all back assward?


I just need a card for a 5.1 surround sound and a jack for a head set...
     
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