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so im just wondering if adding in a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer would make a big difference over the add in asus sound card that comes with the maximus formula the Supreme fx2.

i usually use headphones but i might pick up a 5.1 logitech set


also back on my amd m2n board with a 6400+ black edition cpu i tried this Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer and i wasnt able to boot into vista constant bsod's im assuming that was a driver issue and should be fixed now?
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DEFINITELY use the Sound Blaster..... and get what I got... Turtle Beach HPA2 5.1 Surround Headset, they're great.
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did you ever try the onboard card that came with the maximus b4 u tried your creative card?

i just found this i guess its fairly new cant find any stores around here that have them in stock, only reason i like this it finally has optical audio built into the card !
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On-board sound isn't THAT bad. Unless you play a lot of BF2, you'll probably be better off getting a good pair of headphones and a cheaper sound card (though at ~$50 for the XtremeMusic/XtremeGamer, it's hard to find a cheaper decent card). I like the Audio Technica A900 for gaming cans. Maybe the AD500/AD700 or Sennheisrer 555/595 if you want open cans. 5.1 headphones are mostly a gimmick :/
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i just gave away my x-fi
it was the cheapest one.............. value........ or somthin
constant lockups BSOD and horrible game compatibility
lots of popping

please stay with the asus
unless your a hard core audiophile you wont be able to tell the difference
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seriously the difference is ther, but some peoples ears are unable to detect it.

advantages:
1) the onboard sound uses your cpu slightly as its audio processor, so a soundcard releaves those cycles with its dedicated sound proc.
2) better DACs/opamps and build quality, a card is designed perfectly to avoid interference, and that means better sound output for you.
3) ASIO all modern day soundcards offer full ASIO support which avoids the microsoft kernel touching the sound before it gets to the card, this allows for better sound quality, and again more relief from your CPU.

The extreme gamer is a great budget card for starters, I just sold mine to a friend for $50 when i upgraded to the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude.

BTW: when you say that you use headphones, which headphones do you use?
and I am completely ANTI HPA earforce 2.0s... I have a pair, and never use them even when gaming, they're really bad in comparrison to a good set of stereo headphones.
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If you can, leave the Asus SupremeFX in your rig. The blue lights on top look pretty cool even if you're not going to use it =D

I have an ExtremeGamer card and I was using the SupremeFX card before. It's a worthy transition. Creative's Audio Console is much better. I can't seem to get microphones working in Game Mode, though. I've found Game mode ot be pretty pointless. I always stick to entertainment.

Get a Creative speaker set, too.
    
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Originally Posted by Shin2k35 View Post
If you can, leave the Asus SupremeFX in your rig. The blue lights on top look pretty cool even if you're not going to use it =D

I have an ExtremeGamer card and I was using the SupremeFX card before. It's a worthy transition. Creative's Audio Console is much better. I can't seem to get microphones working in Game Mode, though. I've found Game mode ot be pretty pointless. I always stick to entertainment.
I'd leave the card in if only for the input. The input on my X-Fi is terrible, so I use my on-board for my mic.

Also, the cheapest X-Fi is the XtremeAudio, which isn't really an X-Fi at all (it lacks the processor + ram iirc and can't do EAX 5).
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i just gave away my x-fi
it was the cheapest one.............. value........ or somthin
constant lockups BSOD and horrible game compatibility
lots of popping

please stay with the asus
unless your a hard core audiophile you wont be able to tell the difference
You are so wrong, words can't even justify it.

I went from onboard to an X-Fi Prelude and the difference is GODLY!
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This sound card coupled with 5.1 speakers is amazing.
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