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My sig rig card is slowly dieing (crashing more and more, making odd noises more and more, etc.) in addition Creative's drivers are so horrible its almost unbearable. So i looked into the Prelude card everyone is always talking so highly of and notice it had X-Fi, this sealed the deal---i hope. I would like to know if Auzentech makes their own drivers, if X-Fi is fully and totally supported, and so on.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156005

Thats the card i'm going to get. However first i must know :
  1. Is X-Fi support completely independent of Creative?
  2. Are there drivers for Vista x64 decent?

Also does anyone know how long that discount of 30 dollars will last? I want to buy it but i want to do everything i can to get it with that large amount deducted.
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The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude's drivers are built on creative's (unfortunately), however they are very good now. They haven't had any stability issues for me under x64 Vista, although EAX won't work over a digital out connection (until the April driver update). I have no idea how long that discount will last, hopefully for a while. It is a great card and I'd highly recommended it .
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The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude is based off the schematic of Creative's X-Fi.

It is essentially the same Creative X-Fi, but modified and in a different layout to use higher quality 100% solid capacitors, better sounding OPAMPS, and a modified DAC for EAX 5.0.

I am pretty sure Auzentech payed Creative a sum of money to get the schematic.


You can use the Creative X-Fi drivers to run the card, but it is better to use Auzentech's modified drivers that are made specifically for the Prelude.

http://www.auzentech.com/site/download/updates.php


But man, your brand new card is DYING? That is hard to believe...
I strongly suggest you try the card on a separate machine with XP. Make sure the ac97 sound is off in the bios and that all previous soundcard drivers are uninstalled and cleaned in safe mode with driver cleaner pro.

You may be wrong.
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Originally Posted by d3daiM View Post
The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude is based off the schematic of Creative's X-Fi.

It is essentially the same Creative X-Fi, but modified and in a different layout to use higher quality 100% solid capacitors, better sounding OPAMPS, and a modified DAC for EAX 5.0.

I am pretty sure Auzentech payed Creative a sum of money to get the schematic.


You can use the Creative X-Fi drivers to run the card, but it is better to use Auzentech's modified drivers that are made specifically for the Prelude.

http://www.auzentech.com/site/download/updates.php


But man, your brand new card is DYING? That is hard to believe...
I strongly suggest you try the card on a separate machine with XP. Make sure the ac97 sound is off in the bios and that all previous soundcard drivers are uninstalled and cleaned in safe mode with driver cleaner pro.

You may be wrong.
If it doesn't work on my OS it needs to take a hike either way. Besides i have the money and then some so its not gonna kill me (much) to get the better card, probably better in the long run.
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The Auzen drivers are pretty much tweaked creative drivers. They do seem to be more stable than creative drivers and the prelude sounds much better.
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The Preludes PCB shares more in common with the Elite Pro which is the best sounding creative card......The Prelude sounds even better than the Elite Pro cause of the superior components it uses......But the quality gain over your XG FPS will depend on the spekers you have....The drivers are ok(Not Perfect) but ok compared to earlier........
    
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The Preludes PCB shares more in common with the Elite Pro which is the best sounding creative card......The Prelude sounds even better than the Elite Pro cause of the superior components it uses......But the quality gain over your XG FPS will depend on the spekers you have....The drivers are ok(Not Perfect) but ok compared to earlier........
Logitec X540 but the biggest gain im getting is getting away from the Creative drivers, thats what i want more then anything else.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by d3daiM View Post
The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude is based off the schematic of Creative's X-Fi.

It is essentially the same Creative X-Fi, but modified and in a different layout to use higher quality 100% solid capacitors, better sounding OPAMPS, and a modified DAC for EAX 5.0...
That is good to know. I was hesitating on getting the Auzentech because I heard it didnt support EAX 5.0. Since I was going to use it primarily for gaming that was important to me.
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