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post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
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.
Not true at all. All X-fi use the same basic components. Only the XtremeAudio (weaker/removed parts) and the Elite (better DAC) are different really. The higher end models come with X-RAM (useless), a front bay, and remote. Other than the two previously mentioned, all X-Fi use the same OpAmps, caps, and DAC.

The Fatal1ty sounds exactly the same as the XtremeGamer which is performs exactly the same as XtremeMusic.
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just get any X-fi beside Xtreme Audio
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just get any X-fi beside Xtreme Audio
Word up. I would highly recommend X-Fi because of the amazing gaming experience. Sure there are better cards for music, but if you're gaming, the X-Fi is it.
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post #14 of 21
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Not true at all. All X-fi use the same basic components. Only the XtremeAudio (weaker/removed parts) and the Elite (better DAC) are different really. The higher end models come with X-RAM (useless), a front bay, and remote. Other than the two previously mentioned, all X-Fi use the same OpAmps, caps, and DAC.

The Fatal1ty sounds exactly the same as the XtremeGamer which is performs exactly the same as XtremeMusic.
The XTreme Gamer has 96 KHz sample rate, Fatal1ty has 192. Look at the specs at newegg. How can you say they'll sound exactly the same when the Fatal1ty has double the sample rate?
    
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post #15 of 21
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The XTreme Gamer has 96 KHz sample rate, Fatal1ty has 192. Look at the specs at newegg. How can you say they'll sound exactly the same when the Fatal1ty has double the sample rate?
That's a little misleading. All X-Fi cards support 192kHz stereo and only 96 in surround. I'm not sure about the XtremeAudio but I don't think anybody else really cares
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I'm fairly convinced that all Creative cards are overrated. I know I'll probably make some people mad, but notice that people who call themselves audiophiles only buy either the very highest end X-Fi, modify their X-Fi (soloz2, DJ big bear) or buy something else?

I'm not saying they're bad, because I know they aren't. It's just everyone talks about X-Fi like it's the end-all be all of sound cards, when there are much better cards, sound quality wise, out there. And I believe the Razer sound card could possibly perform better than an X-Fi for games, too.

It's a bit like Windows, honestly. Back when I first got into computers, without fail every single game required sound blaster drivers. Creative got a foot hold in the market, and they came out with consistently good stuff. However, there will be those of us (myself included) who do some research and find there's a better solution for our personal needs.

Don't let this influence you to not buy an X-Fi, as I've heard a lot of good things. This just kind of popped into my head that everyone who isn't an audiophile just assume an X-Fi is the answer for everyone...
    
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post #17 of 21
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I'm fairly convinced that all Creative cards are overrated. I know I'll probably make some people mad, but notice that people who call themselves audiophiles only buy either the very highest end X-Fi, modify their X-Fi (soloz2) or buy something else?

I'm not saying they're bad, because I know they aren't. It's just everyone talks about X-Fi like it's the end-all be all of sound cards, when there are much better cards, sound quality wise, out there. And I believe the Razer sound card could possibly perform better than an X-Fi for games, too.

It's a bit like Windows, honestly. Back when I first got into computers, without fail every single game required sound blaster drivers. Creative got a foot hold in the market, and they came out with consistently good stuff. However, there will be those of us (myself included) who do some research and find there's a better solution for our personal needs.

Don't let this influence you to not buy an X-Fi, as I've heard a lot of good things. This just kind of popped into my head that everyone who isn't an audiophile just assume an X-Fi is the answer for everyone...
I agree with you on a lot of this. Really, the only weak point of the X-Fi is the quality of the analogue outs (and no DDL support).

However, I think they are definitely the best for gaming regardless of how much clearer other cards sound. The chipset just rawks. I believe in EAX all the way and the CMSS3D for headphones is awesome and really helps pinpoint sounds.

But everyone is going to hear something different. I think that the next best card for gaming would be the X-Meridian.
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post #18 of 21
HT Omega Striker or ALC888 integrated audio
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bluegears b-Enspirer or Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer. If you can wait I would recommend getting the Asus Xonar D2/D2X for ~$200. It beats the X-Fi in every way.
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X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series.
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