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So I have an XtremeGamer right now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102006



and I am thinking of replacing it with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102014


for a couple reasons. One the Fatality, I love the 5.25 drive bay hub. I hate having to go behind my rig and sort through all the wires to plug in my mic, and then have only like 2 feet of free cord left before I have no room to move.

also, I'm a huge audiophile, with my Z-5500's and all, and I feel like the XtremeGamer... just isn't up to par.

The quality is great and the price was pretty good, but I'm wondering, is it worth it to sell the XtremeGamer and grab the Fatality? Or should I just wait for the next X-Fi to come along?

Thoughts and opinions are appreciated.
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Well, it doesn't have to be the fatality I upgrade too. I've heard good things about the Prelude as well.
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Unless you have some extra sensitive ears or some really good speakers it won't make a difference.

So um, what speakers/headphones are you using?
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also, I'm a huge audiophile, with my Z-5500's and all, and I feel like the XtremeGamer... just isn't up to par.


Also, the microphone jack on my current XtremeGamer keeps giving me problems, and more recently, the whole Console won't start up.. I think it has some 64bit issues or something.
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post #5 of 15
Weird. I just did the EXACT same swap a few days ago. Got a Fatal1ty from eBay.
I upgraded from an XtremeMusic, which is pretty much the same card.

In all honesty, there's no difference exept the I/O drive and the Fatal1ty LED (ugh). The X-Ram isn't enabled in many games currently, but may be in the future.

To be honest, not much of a difference. I only bought it to play guitar through the I/O drive. The drive is really good, lots of features

If you're an audiophile and want more sound performance, you need the Elite Pro, as that's the only one out of the whole X-Fi range which features high quality DAC's ( to convert digital to analogue sound ).
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His sig and the OP say he's using Z-5500s.

And if you want the most out of your speakers, I would suggest going with the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude. While it doesn't have the front panel connectors, it has the best sound quality on the market right now (as far as mainstream consumer cards under $500), and it has all of the nifty features of X-Fi, too. Sure, there are some cards with ridiculous sound quality and 99% accurate sound reproduction, but they aren't the kinds of cards gamers or movie watchers put in their PCs. The only cards that sound better are cards for music recording and editing, really. Also, not sure how truthful the situation was, but apparently Creative had some real trouble with drivers and what not. I have never heard anything but good things about the Prelude.
    
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His sig and the OP say he's using Z-5500s.

And if you want the most out of your speakers, I would suggest going with the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude. While it doesn't have the front panel connectors, it has the best sound quality on the market right now (as far as mainstream consumer cards under $500), and it has all of the nifty features of X-Fi, too. Sure, there are some cards with ridiculous sound quality and 99% accurate sound reproduction, but they aren't the kinds of cards gamers or movie watchers put in their PCs. The only cards that sound better are cards for music recording and editing, really. Also, not sure how truthful the situation was, but apparently Creative had some real trouble with drivers and what not. I have never heard anything but good things about the Prelude.
I'm really interested to try to Prelude out.. I like to try the company that ISNT monopolizing the industry .
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My Bluegears b-Enspirer sounds great, too, but doesn't have all of the extra features of X-Fi. If you like the extras X-Fi has to offer, then get the Prelude. If you don't then look at something running on a C-Media Oxygen chip. They sound great, too.
    
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LOL I should read better.

It would actually only make a small noticeable difference if you upgraded to the fatality. All of creative's cards have pretty bad frequency responses, so no matter what you do it won't give you the quality you are looking for.

I'm gonna assume you game a bit, so I'd say go with the Prelude too.
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post #10 of 15
If your only concern is audiophile stuff music/ recording/ playback-monitor .
Then you would be silly not to get a M-Audio card they are 24/196
and the DACs are unbeleivable. It does not do all the fancy EAX crap though
you could use your xtremegamer for games. Your mp3 and dvd audio will be
absurd though since there are no better sound chips made. I have the
bigger and badder version of your speakers they discontinued , and an M-Audio 7.1
card , let me say that the sound is stellar and so clear.
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