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So there is a lot of talk about these new X-Fi cards on the forums but I'm curious about the value of the x-ram on the two higher end versions. How much of a performance increase over the two lower end versions do the ones with the x-ram have? Is it worth the extra cash?

I'm looking at the xtrememusic version of the card because I don't need the 5.25" panel but if the x-ram will make a difference then I might grab the Fatal1ty version.

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Noone knows how much of an increase it will make.
But theoretically speaking in new games you may not be hearing everything if your card doesnt have xram.
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If you plan on buying having the best possible system, then yes get a Fatal1ty version of the card, however if you would like just the sound experience and not the added percentage of speed to the sound access time and number of voices per channel and things like that, then go with the XtremeMusic.

The sound quality (I believe) between the first 3 (XtremeMusic, Platinum, Fatal1ty) are the same and the Elite Pro has some sort of additional features and a sound panel.

I personally think the Fatal1ty is overpriced and you should wait if you need to have it, but its a good card and if you can afford it, go for it.
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Close.
Extreme music has different components on the sound card.
Plat and fat have the same which are better than the EM.
The EP has different components and which are better than those of the Plat and Fat1.

The XM does not have a drive bay while the plat and fat1 do.
The ep has an external box with more inputs/outputs than the drive bay which comes with the plat and fat1.

The xm, fat1, and plat can process sounds up to 96khz while the ep can process sounds up to 112khz.
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Originally Posted by tweako_420
Noone knows how much of an increase it will make.
But theoretically speaking in new games you may not be hearing everything if your card doesnt have xram.
Nah, that's not true. All X-Fi cards have the same decoding (EAX 5.0). XRAM can be used to speed things up, but it can't decode things. Remember, ram has no brain.
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Creative hopes that game developers will utilize X-RAM to cache decompressed audio, potentially saving precious CPU cycles in the process. Developers are also encouraged to use X-RAM to store higher quality audio assets that would otherwise be infeasible to decompress on the fly or stream from the hard drive.
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Here's a link to some benchmarking done on the X-Fi cards and some comments on them.

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/...1850392,00.asp
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