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Buying the Xonar DX - opinions / deals?

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Hey all,

After reading quite a number of reviews, the Xonar DX seems to be the best card in its price range. I had a system with the XtremeMusic in it before, running Vista 64, and it just had too many annoying issues - crazy static sounds that happened occasionally and could only be stopped by changing the listening mode (Gaming, Entertainment, etc.). I hear that is a good card, but Creative just seems to drop the ball on drivers, etc.

So wanted to get your opinions on the Xonar DX. I do game, but to be honest, music is more important to me when it comes to listening. The Xonar seems to absolutely crush the equivalent level X-Fi's in that area, and while I know that EAX is only 2.0 w/ the Xonar as opposed to the 5.0 w/ X-Fi, and I will be using XP so the Vista redundancy doesn't apply, the reviews I've read still say the Xonar does very well when it comes to gaming. What do you fellow Xonar owners think about the card, the support, drivers, etc.?

Also, anyone know any places I can get a sweet deal on the DX?

Thanks all.
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I currently own the Xonar D2, the PCI version of the "high end" Xonar, and am very happy with it. I switched from an X-Fi Fatal1ty last year, and temporarily used onboard audio, as Creative's driver support was so poor.

Asus have recently added D3S GX2.0, which allows for EAX 5.0 effects, although even without the latest drivers the Xonar did something my previous Creative couldn't; Sound as it should out of the box.

My time with the Xonar still hasn't been the smoothest of rides. There is an update within Vista's SP1 that makes the latest beta Xonar drivers fail to install. However I simply uninstalled SP1, installed the drivers and then reinstalled SP1. I've also had to RMA my card, although that was my own fault as there wasn't sufficient cooling in my chassis. The thermals put out by the 680i chipset and two single slot cooler G92's pretty much toasted the card after seven months.

Overall I'm more than happy with the switch.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 7/1/08 at 1:14pm
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