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Creative X-Fi Titanium VS Recon3D VS ???

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Picking up a sound card tomorrow to get some better sound with my ATH-M50's.

Don't want to spend a fortune for a Xonar STX, so I've narrowed it down to these two..ish.

Reason why I'm thinking about the Recon3D is because it has a headphone amp built in (I will not be using an amp if I go with a different card)

I'll be using this for gaming mainly. 70% gaming, 30% music. Games I play are MOBA, RTS, and FPS.

Will getting a new sound card help with positional audio?

How do these compare to the XtremeGamer or Xonar DX or D1?

If you can suggest any other sound cards in the 50-$100 range that would be better then Titanium/Recon3D, feel free to suggest them.

Thanks.
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Just because the Titanium doesn't advertise the amp section of the card doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't have an amp section.

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Getting a new sound card will help with positional audio, and even the entry level ones such as xtremegamer will be more than enough if that is all you're looking for. Both creative and asus's drivers are atrocious, but creative being a little more refined in the category and isn't known for cheating in benchmarks unlike asus. If you're going the asus route then there are custom drivers that you can look into that add all sorts of special features, but in the end they're really more or less the same from my experience.

If I were you then I'd get the extremegamer or the DG for jump starting, as they offer only a fewer features you'd find in high end cards. Experiment with it and see how you like it, even the most entry level cards can be a huge upgrade from onboard, but the differences between high end and entry level doesn't have that much of a perceivable margin, despite what benchmarks can say.
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Thanks, haha didn't know they had it as well.

I just found out that XtremeGamer isn't even available anywhere for me to purchase, besides Amazon which has a refurbished one for $40.

I can get the Titanium for around $70, would the sound quality be worth the $30 extra over the XtremeGamer/Xonar DG?

Also, would the custom "unified" drivers alone be enough to make Asus a better choice?

XtremeGamer $40, Xonar DG $35/$45(pci-e), Titanium $70.

Does PCI or PCI-E make a difference? I've read that PCI-E has lower latency=less noise.
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