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OK, someone said that one of the cheapest X-Fi cards doesn't support the true X-Fi settings in games and such. Well, what is the cheapest card that has "Real X-fi"? Also, other than games, does X-Fi make that much of a difference? And I guess in games, too. How big is the difference, from those who have heard both, between X-Fi and other high end sound cards without X-Fi?

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The only "not real" X-Fi is the XtremeAudio. The XtremeMusic was a great card but has been discontinued. Therefore, get the XtremeGamer. It makes a difference with all audio. The advantage of X-fi is that it supports higher versions of EAX. EAX make game sound more real... an explosion behind a wall sounds different than one not. The higher-end X-fi have something called X-RAM (which is not supported in most games). The even higher end ones come with accessories like a remote and a bay box for input/output. The highest model has a better DAC for improved sound.
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yeah the xtreme audio is the horrid xfi that doesnt support eax 5.0, the xtreme gamer is the cheapest and most chosen option (before the xtreme music was discontinued)
    
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So pretty much every single X-Fi except for the Xtremeaudio is a real X-Fi and should rock.
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As already established, the X-Fi Xtreme Audio isn't really an X-Fi card in the sense that it doesn't have the X-Fi chipset which makes the cards special in the first place. Now, X-Fi cards are the undisputed kings of sound cards when it comes to gaming performance but not pure audio performance. There are plenty of other sound cards in the same price range that are better suited for music and home theater purposes than the X-Fi cards, especially those that are using the C-Media CMI8788 Oxygen HD chipset.
    
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