Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Should I make the jump to x-fi Titanium?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Should I make the jump to x-fi Titanium?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Ok, I currently have an XtremeGamer and I have the Logitech z-5500 505watt 5.1 surround sound system (that's a lot of 5s).

Anyway, I'm running the Logitechs through the mini-TOSLINK, and using optical digital to transmit my sound signal. My question is, is it worth it to upgrade to the Titanium? I believe it has a newer version of EAX, as well as a full sized TOSLINK connector (the mini-TOSLINK annoys me to no end). Also, using one of my PCI-e 1x slots would be a plus for me. Any thoughts?

Oh, and if I do go for this card, I will probably be selling my XtremeGamer. Any takers? If so, what's your price?

EDIT: Here's a comparison link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102019
Edited by Enyalius - 12/17/08 at 8:50am
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 27
I wouldn't go with a Creative X-Fi.

The vista drivers are just horrible and support is pretty lousy.

I would look at a competitor.

budget option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132007

Otherwise...: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829156007
post #3 of 27
I'd say go for it. Is it worth it? Depends on how much money you have relative to you and how much you can sell the extreme gamer for. but i'd say TOSlink for the win.


As for the vista drivers, they work fine for me with no tweaking,
and their support is fine. When I fried my X-fi platinum, it took
all of 1 week to get it replaced.
T.A.R.D.I.S.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Time Time Time Time 
  hide details  
Reply
T.A.R.D.I.S.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Time Time Time Time 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, but neither have a TOSLINK, which is a major reason for this upgrade in the first place :/
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Penicilyn View Post
I wouldn't go with a Creative X-Fi.

The vista drivers are just horrible and support is pretty lousy.
Statement in bold I completely disagree with. Both of my XtremeMusics have been SOLID in Vista/Server 2k8 and sound no different from what they did in XP.

My question to the OP: Is it worth spending the price of an HD4850 for a minimal difference in sound quality and one small feature?
Malignance
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K Asus P8Z68-V eVGA GTX670 FTW 16GB Mushkin DDR3-2100 1.5V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 x 128GB Crucial M4 2 x 1TB Samsung F3 RAID0 1.5TB Seagate Asus 22X DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Asus ProArt PA248Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR PCP&P Silencer MKIII 600W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Rocketfish Dual Sided Asus Xonar Essence STX Infinity Primus P153 | Dayton DTA-120 Amplifier... Shure SRH840 
AudioAudioAudio
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Objective DAC Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
  hide details  
Reply
Malignance
(24 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K Asus P8Z68-V eVGA GTX670 FTW 16GB Mushkin DDR3-2100 1.5V 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
2 x 128GB Crucial M4 2 x 1TB Samsung F3 RAID0 1.5TB Seagate Asus 22X DVDRW 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp U2410 Asus ProArt PA248Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Rosewill RK-9000BR PCP&P Silencer MKIII 600W Lian Li PC-A05NB Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Rocketfish Dual Sided Asus Xonar Essence STX Infinity Primus P153 | Dayton DTA-120 Amplifier... Shure SRH840 
AudioAudioAudio
Audio Technica ATH-AD700X Objective DAC Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by RallyMaster View Post

My question to the OP: Is it worth spending the price of an HD4850 for a minimal difference in sound quality and one small feature?
He can sell his old card. Minimal to some people, if he's using FLAC and the right player, he'll be able to tell the differences. For sure. So than it becomes a 60$ question, not a 140$ question.
T.A.R.D.I.S.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Time Time Time Time 
  hide details  
Reply
T.A.R.D.I.S.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Time Time Time Time 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
What program do you use?
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 27
use some youp pax drivers
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PII 965(140w) Biostar TA890FXE asus 6950 shader+voltmod 8 gigs, kingston hyper x 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 1tb f3's and a 1.5 backup. Lightscribe LG Thermaltake FRIO windows 7 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32inch lg g15 650w PCnCooling rocket fiiiash 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G9 king diamond pad or rocketfish Asus d2x 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
PII 965(140w) Biostar TA890FXE asus 6950 shader+voltmod 8 gigs, kingston hyper x 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 1tb f3's and a 1.5 backup. Lightscribe LG Thermaltake FRIO windows 7 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32inch lg g15 650w PCnCooling rocket fiiiash 
MouseMouse PadAudio
G9 king diamond pad or rocketfish Asus d2x 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by Enyalius View Post
My question is, is it worth it to upgrade to the Titanium?
I wouldn't touch a PCI-X sound card until I hear how they resolved the sound degradation issue.
" As far as PCI Express (PCIe) is concerned, which is the next bus, what we found is that the performance of PCIe is truly bad for audio. We are seeing four times degradation on the bus for audio.

PCIe is designed for graphics and high data transfer, but audio sends very small packets and the overhead can be very big! Moving the data across PCIe is much, much higher than PCI. So what we have to do is go back to the drawing board and work on the transport part of the chip and re-design it to add more silicon to overcome some of the problems we had with PCIe. So for us to come up with a PCIe solution is going to take a while because we have to overcome the problems we're facing with that bus. "
Steve Erickson VP of Creative Audio
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouse
PCP&C 750W Antec P180 Logitech MX-510 blue 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
I wouldn't imagine that they would slap a Fatal1ty sticker on something that has bad degradation. Anyone disagree?
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
Mainframe
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Gigabyte EP45-UD3P Radeon HD 4870x2 8GB DDR2 @ 1066MHz 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition Samsung 24" TOC Logitech G15 (rev 1) Kingwin Mach 1 1000 watt 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master HAF 932 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Sound Cards and Computer Audio
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Sound Cards and Computer Audio › Should I make the jump to x-fi Titanium?