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Does my new X-Fi Extreme gamer make any difference with a usb headset? I bought the card and am mostly going to use it for gaming, and I'm not certain if it even makes a real difference.

orry about the noobness of the question, it's just that I don't have a lot of experience with soundcards
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I've never seen the need to buy an expensive aftermarket soundcard when most mobos come with onboard 5.1 nowadays.
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You need to hook the headphones up to the back of the X-FI soundcard to make a difference I believe.

Pretty sure the headphones don't get any benefit going through the USB.

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Originally Posted by Modki View Post
I've never seen the need to buy an expensive aftermarket soundcard when most mobos come with onboard 5.1 nowadays.
Go buy one and you won't go back. Increased FPS, way better sound, its totally worth it.
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I'm trying mostly to pull resources away from my mobo for performance reasons, and I will be upgrading to a 5+1 speaker system eventually.
i just need to know if it will make a difference with a USB headset,which is all I game on.
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post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
You need to hook the headphones up to the back of the X-FI soundcard to make a difference I believe.

Pretty sure the headphones don't get any benefit going through the USB.



Go buy one and you won't go back. Increased FPS, way better sound, its totally worth it.
So gaming with a USB headset will actually degrade performance because of mobo resources?
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post #6 of 13
it wont make a difference since the usb has nothing to do with the headset - you will experience a 5 fps hit at most.
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post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonghitter400 View Post
So gaming with a USB headset will actually degrade performance because of mobo resources?
Exactly. I can't remember if it's the North or South bridge that deals with USB, but the sound data will have to pass through one of them.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by mcogan10 View Post
it wont make a difference since the usb has nothing to do with the headset - you will experience a 5 fps hit at most.
I'm sorry...maybe I didn't state the question right.

My headset IS a usb headset. It does NOT plug directly into the soundcard. Therefore, I need to know if the soundcard makes any difference to the usb peripherals that are attached to the motherboard.(My headset)
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post #9 of 13
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I'm buying a headset that plugs into the damn card. I paid $100 for the card and I'm going to use it dammit if it costs me $200! Anybody need a Logitch usb headset with mic?
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post #10 of 13
no it has to be connected to the card
    
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