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Hello all,

I recently upgraded my PC and I have this sound card from my old computer;

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro

My question is, should I install this card as there have not been any driver updates for it in quite some time, and from what I understand EAX isnt used by most, if any, new games. Is it worth it to install this and use instead of the onboard audio from my motherboard. I the onboard audio is Realtek ALC898.

I mainly play games, currently playing Tomb Raider, Battlefield 3, Civ V, etc. I also watch TV shows and movies as well on my PC, when not being used for gaming. Please advise as the sound card is quite old and not sure if it is worth it anymore. Thank you in advance for any advice.
post #2 of 16

yes, just about anything is better than onboard, and there are a lot of other cards that you can buy that are a LOT better than that

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post #4 of 16
I cant see if it is a PCI or PCI-E Soundblaster model
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post #5 of 16

its pci

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post #6 of 16
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It is a PCI model, not PCI-E. I do want to say again that I have already had this card for awhile now and did not purchase it when I recently upgraded. I am looking at newer sound cards but I will not be buying anytime soon. So, is it worth it to use this as I already have it, or should I stick with the onboard audio?
post #7 of 16
Almost anything is better then onboard if you have a PCI slot on your motherboard and can use it you sould
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post #8 of 16

just use it, but when you can get a titanium hd, stx ect, depending on what you want the most

 

use the stx for pure music or titanium hd like me for a 'hybrid', you can also get the titanium hd at really good prices sometimes

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post #9 of 16
I have that same card and currently its not installed but im trying to squeeze it back in there, i have a 2nd GPU that needs a single slot plate installing.

Anyways, i have been experimenting with my onboard and said card for a while now and while the onbaord is pretty good i can say that for me i do prefer the dedicated card for FLAC music with some ok budget cans.

I have ATH-T500 and i can hear a difference when playing back quality FLAC rips, i have a good rip of Ill Communication and it just sounds quite a bit better with the X-Fi even though its an old PCI version.
Best thing is that you try both for yourself and see if you can find any improvements at all using either.

My opinion, use the X-Fi.
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Originally Posted by bioniccrackmonk View Post

It is a PCI model, not PCI-E. I do want to say again that I have already had this card for awhile now and did not purchase it when I recently upgraded. I am looking at newer sound cards but I will not be buying anytime soon. So, is it worth it to use this as I already have it, or should I stick with the onboard audio?

Throw it in, it will be better than onboard. I have a nice sound card that I'm not using in my Rig for aesthetics purposes. I find onboard good enough for my needs anyways.
    
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