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post #21 of 29
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That's ridiculous for a dedicated hardware sound card. Four percent of an overclocked 3570K? What would that thing do on something like an HTPC or a budget box based on a Sempron?

I'm sure Creative would argue that it doesn't matter how inefficient the drivers are, since modern CPU's are so powerful, but that doesn't really justify it. I just monitored AudioDG on my computer for quite a while (Xonar DG, UNi drivers), and it never even hit one percent.

I think I'd flip that card and get something from a company that actually knows how to write a driver. I moved away from Creative about a dozen years ago, and this doesn't inspire me to ever give them a second chance.

I completely agree... hopefully Asus Xonars will be up to their fame.
post #22 of 29
reporting in with ZxR, setting both speakers 192khz & mic 96k getting 0.2% CPU usage
post #23 of 29
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reporting in with ZxR, setting both speakers 192khz & mic 96k getting 0.2% CPU usage

While for example testing Skype on the Echo call service, or opening the audio menu, while actively using the audio?

I was about to install Windows 7 to check if it was a Win 8.1 issue lol.
post #24 of 29
Using teamspeak speaking, foobar playing music, sound options open - AudioDG 0.15%, Teamspeak 0.08%, Foobar2k 0.07%. This on windows 8.1 update 1
post #25 of 29
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By what I could find, it's a X-Fi Titanium problem only.

I will have to cope with that until the damn card explodes...
post #26 of 29
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OKAY, I fixed it.

The "fix" was simply, under control panel, remove EVERYTHING made by Creative, and in device manager, remove the uninstall-remove the driver for the audio device X-Fi. On reboot, it'd be ran with the standard Microsoft driver "High Definition Audio".

Surprisingly enough, with both speakers and microphone at 24 bit and 96kHz, I get absolute 0% CPU running games and a Skype call at the same time. Quality seems to be the same (to me, at least) than with the Creative driver, and so is volume loudness (my main issue with the on-board sound). The enhacements, as emulated surround in headphones work as well (similar to CMSS-3D, after all), still with the CPU on 0% for Audiodg.exe.

The only "thing" would be EAX, though in Mass Effect it worked and was marked as active, and I could hear reverb effects and such... but since it's the Steam version, I'm not sure if it was patched to use OpenAL.


TL;DR: To make the most out of your Creative X-FI Titanium, don't install it's drivers. Food for thought rolleyes.gif

Thanks for all the input and help!
post #27 of 29
I get 6-10 % on my realtek ALC 662 96 24 bit 5.1. My APU is e2-1800 but it's enough for me.
post #28 of 29
You're getting high CPU usage relative to the CPU you're using, that's all. An E2-1800 isn't exactly a powerhouse. I get 2-3 percent CPU usage with the onboard sound on my laptop, which runs on a C2D T7700. But AudioDG.exe on my FX-8350 desktop uses roughly zero percent of the CPU (e.g. less than 0.5 percent).

Glad to see that the OP fixed the problem, but it's kind of sad that Creative's driver team is so incompetent that their drivers mess up their own hardware! The native ASUS Xonar drivers have some compromises in them that you need a third-party driver to get rid of, but they don't suck off CPU cycles for no good reason.
     
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post #29 of 29
24 bit 96 KHz 5.1 is kinda of high bit, it would have been 2-3 % if if it was 2.0. But it's 5.1 with 6 speakers, so it's that way. I never feel lag however, but realtek is miles ahead of creative in terms of drivers. Realtek used to be not as good, but there ALC models have gotten better and better, to the point that Creative is not good anymore. I'm done with them, years ago I used to be creative, but that was when AC-97 was the only on board for cheap. Now that HD Audio is out, it's often better. They also downgraded there audio to 96 KHz 16 bit, I say 96Khz is quesitonable, but the drop in audio from 24 bit to 16 is a no-go. It's sad, I suggest they will be bankrupt soon. Creative has had a lot of loses in the years.
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