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Hi

I was wondering:

1. I play games ALOT. Would a dedicated soundcard make a considerable difference?

If yes, then

2. What 5.1-7.1 soundcard should I get?
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post #2 of 21
The X-Fi XtremeMusic is a SUPERB gaming soundcard as it has

EAX Direction sound - Helps you hear your enemys before you see them
X-Ram - It has a onboard set of ram that can increase your FPS in certain games
And load of other features - They are only about £50 and they are an amazing addition to any gamers lineup
    
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post #3 of 21
X-Fi XtremeGamer will fit you slightly better

BTW Mad, the XtremeMusic doesn't have X-RAM
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post #4 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad_Handlez89 View Post
The X-Fi XtremeMusic is a SUPERB gaming soundcard as it has

EAX Direction sound - Helps you hear your enemys before you see them
X-Ram - It has a onboard set of ram that can increase your FPS in certain games
And load of other features - They are only about £50 and they are an amazing addition to any gamers lineup
EAX is not directional sound. EAX allows for more sound sources and enviromental effects on sound. An explosion behind a wall sounds different than without the wall.

X-RAM is useless. I can't even think of any games that actually utilize it.

A sound card is nice especially if you have good speakers/headphones. It also will help to offload some work from your CPU.


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Originally Posted by JacKz5o View Post
X-Fi XtremeGamer will fit you slightly better
XtremeGamer < XtremeMusic. They are identical in performance. However, XtremeMusic has a port for a front bay and is moddable.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JacKz5o View Post
X-Fi XtremeGamer will fit you slightly better

BTW Mad, the XtremeMusic doesn't have X-RAM
Did I say the Music? Woopsies - I meant the Gamer lawlz.
    
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post #6 of 21
BF2/2142 uses X-RAM.. and every other thing that is offered on the X-FI.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JacKz5o View Post
BF2/2142 uses X-RAM.. and every other thing that is offered on the X-FI.
Is there any real-world independent testing of X-RAM?
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post #8 of 21
For gaming, either the X-Fi Fatal1ty or the Razer Barracuda would be your best bet. The Barracuda doesn't have EAX, but paired with the Razer Barracuda headphones it is really a superb set up for gaming.

I would provide link, but you're in the UK, and I don't know many links there
    
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post #9 of 21
Don't bother with the Fatal1ty. The only reason I have on is because I was curious about the XRAM hype and it only cost me $50 out of pocket after using a gift card. The only benefit in BF2 is better sound quality over the Audigy2 ZS it replaced. I've seen no appreciable increase in FPS. Get the XtremeMusic or Xtremegamer.
    
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post #10 of 21
The Fatal1ty has much better sound quality than the XTremeGamer. If you can still find an XTremeMusic, get it, but it'd discontinued. The Fatal1ty has 24-bit sound and 192 Khz Sample Rate,which are both the norm for high end sound cards. The XTremeGamer simply does not match the sound quality of the Fatal1ty, because it has only a 96KHz sample rate. Not to mention the parts used to build the card itself are not as high of quality as the Fatal1ty is. XRAM or not, Fatal1ty is still the best card for the money in the X-Fi series.
    
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