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post #3801 of 5688
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Originally Posted by RaXelliX View Post

Has anyone here got the Alchemy working?
I tried with some older EAX supported games (Far Cry, Project IGI 2) and as far as i know i placed the nessesay files to game directory alongside EXE but ingame i still cant select EAX.

Hmm... do you have any other EAX supported games that you can try? Maybe those two games are just lost causes.
 
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post #3802 of 5688
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Hmm... do you have any other EAX supported games that you can try? Maybe those two games are just lost causes.
I have to check. Possibly Half Life 2 maybe?
I was more intrested in hearing if people have gotten it to work with specific games.
post #3803 of 5688
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I have to check. Possibly Half Life 2 maybe?
I was more intrested in hearing if people have gotten it to work with specific games.

HL2 doesn't have EAX sadly.
 
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post #3804 of 5688
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Best advice i can give you

Dont

Yeah unless he lucks into getting a SB Z with golds like I have, its still a better idea to get the Z even if it doesn't come with gold caps
post #3805 of 5688
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Yeah unless he lucks into getting a SB Z with golds like I have, its still a better idea to get the Z even if it doesn't come with gold caps

I wouldent even get the SB z with gold caps

People should really stop buying creative, i made the mistake once and ive regretted it ever since.

Least the asus cards have 3rd party drivers
post #3806 of 5688
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I wouldent even get the SB z with gold caps

People should really stop buying creative, i made the mistake once and ive regretted it ever since.

Least the asus cards have 3rd party drivers

I'm using 3rd party drivers on my Titanium HD, on Windows 10 at least. There are similar detractors with ASUS. I haven't had problems with Creative since the Windows XP days, and it's easier to get EAX working since it's their technology whereas ASUS needs workarounds right? (Yes I actually play EAX enabled games).

What capacitors does the SB-Z normally use? Nichicon's Fine Gold caps are pretty much middle of the road when it comes to Nichicon audio caps, not as great as companies make them out to be.
 
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post #3807 of 5688
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I'm using 3rd party drivers on my Titanium HD, on Windows 10 at least. There are similar detractors with ASUS. I haven't had problems with Creative since the Windows XP days, and it's easier to get EAX working since it's their technology whereas ASUS needs workarounds right? (Yes I actually play EAX enabled games).

What capacitors does the SB-Z normally use? Nichicon's Fine Gold caps are pretty much middle of the road when it comes to Nichicon audio caps, not as great as companies make them out to be.

If youre lucky youll get one with the fine gold caps, if not, looks like some cheap caps - not sure mine has the gold caps.
post #3808 of 5688
I will be getting a Z version.

Can I plug any 2.0 headphone and this will make it surround=?
post #3809 of 5688
I use Sound Blaster Z almost 3 years. Lucky I got maybe first samples with golden capacitors.
Now I think all of them have golden but I'm not sure. I still use first drivers from CD 12 October 2012. ( Driver v6.0.101.2020 )
No reason to change.
I thought about Phoebus Solo but I hear lot of complains and for ASUS and Creative and than I don't know what to expect if I change.
post #3810 of 5688
For a long time I was a Creative user and fan. Now I had to move away from them, although I didnt want to. I already had problems with the ZxR since the first day I had it, sometimes it would work for months and months at a time, then it would not. You have heard or even witnessed yourself many of the issues probably by now, that the Z series has. I exchanged the ZxR 4x in a time of 2 years. Always returned it back to Amazon (DE), in the hopes that my Card maybe was just a faulty production Model but it wasnt, not in the long run. Last time it worked fine for 4 months in a row, and then recently i changed my mainboard (always use Asus), and there it was, same issue. This time even worse. No matter what I did, the Soundcard was not recognized by the System, at all. I tried everything from switching PCIe slots, following supposedly instructions to Clear CMOS, update Bios (even if it already was with the latest Version) and so on, nothing worked. In the end i gave up, and it was a sad day. Because I knew there werent much alternatives I wanted.

I was never really the fan of the Asus Xonar sound, I preferred the more bass kinda power sound from the Creative and especially the ZxR. So I went back for a while to onboard (which was intolerable). I admit, Onboard sound got a lot better over the years, but it just wasnt good enough for me. I didnt like it. And what I missed most, and what made it so hard to switch to some other card, is that control box. Especially for how my PC and stuff is setup in my room, I needed something with a control box of sorts again. Someplace where I can plugin my Headset, while still keeping my 5.1 Speaker Setup in the Soundcard. A while ago I read about the 3 new Asus Soundcards being announced. So I waited, in the hope that these could deliver me some equal as good experience. Yesterday I got my Asus Strix Raid DLX.

Is it all I could have hoped for, no. Is it better than Onboard, definately. But there are a few things that are weird, so I might have to get used to those. But I really wished I could have continued with the ZxR.

Cheers

Wolfseye
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