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I cant decide between the HT Omega Striker 7.1 or the Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer

Its going to be used mainly for movies and music, and Ive got a set of Dayton Audio speakers and an amp on the way
I will also be playing games on this computer.

Which one should I order?
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I put my vote in for the Omega. Also suggest a poll unless you're looking for specifics. redface.gif
    
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I put my vote in for the Omega. Also suggest a poll unless you're looking for specifics. redface.gif

Ouch.
Forgot about that.
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post #4 of 15
Of the two cards, the HT Omega will give you the better sound quality. That being said, I understand that many users have experienced issues with drivers in 64 bit environments and support is lacking (this is second-hand knowledge, mind you).

The XtremeGamer is a joke so don't go there.

For the price range (I'm assuming you're looking to spend $100 or less since the x-Fi card is $99), I would look at the Xonar D1 (its $99 with a $20 mail-in rebate to bring the final cost to $79).

If you can spend a couple extra dollars, then look at either the Titanium HD or the Xonar ST(X).
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Message Simca or see if he responds in here.
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post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by tr8rjohnk View Post

Of the two cards, the HT Omega will give you the better sound quality. That being said, I understand that many users have experienced issues with drivers in 64 bit environments and support is lacking (this is second-hand knowledge, mind you).
The XtremeGamer is a joke so don't go there.
For the price range (I'm assuming you're looking to spend $100 or less since the x-Fi card is $99), I would look at the Xonar D1 (its $99 with a $20 mail-in rebate to bring the final cost to $79).
If you can spend a couple extra dollars, then look at either the Titanium HD or the Xonar ST(X).

Does the D1 have better drivers than the DG?
Because the primary reason im looking to upgrade is that nothing I do will get my DG to work, and keep working.
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post #7 of 15
Haven't heard of driver issues for either card. What seems to be the problem with the DG?
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post #8 of 15
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Haven't heard of driver issues for either card. What seems to be the problem with the DG?

Both the Asus and UNi drivers install, but I dont get sound no matter what I do.
The vast majority of the time they install and the card still shows up as inactive in device manager.

At one time they worked when I disabled certificate enforcement, but now that doesnt work either.
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Both the Asus and UNi drivers install, but I dont get sound no matter what I do.
The vast majority of the time they install and the card still shows up as inactive in device manager.
At one time they worked when I disabled certificate enforcement, but now that doesnt work either.

Odd, have you tried installing the card in a different slot, or, for that matter, in a different rig so that you can isolate the problem a bit better?
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Odd, have you tried installing the card in a different slot, or, for that matter, in a different rig so that you can isolate the problem a bit better?

Ive tested it in every slot on this motherboard, and It occurred back with my old Athlon II X4 640 and Biostar T870+ computer on all slots as well.
It may be the card, but at this point im just going to upgrade.

I bought the XtremeGamer over the weekend when it was half off, im ok with it not being great, I just need an improvement over onboard for the time being.
Ill buy a D1 in a while and relegate the Creative card to my HTPC when I do.
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