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So I'm looking to get an audio card for gaming because my onboard ALC889a is garbage. In 3D audio environments and panning around the ALC889a makes a popping sound when traversing from one ear to the other. So I want to get better audio. I've been reading around Newegg reviews and it seems many people say the Xonar sucks for gaming.

Some consumers stated the Xonar introduces more latency then either a HT|Omega or a Creative card. I would really like a card that is proven for gaming and is low on latency. I've read more then enough bad reviews to stay away from Diamond Labs, Encore, GWC, PPA, Rosewill, Startech, Syba & Zalman. So if you have some links on reviews, demonstration or grading on sound-card info, please shoot it my way! If you have a discrete audio card and want to give me your review, please do!

I await your replies, thanks for reading
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Just my opinion... nothing beats a Creative Labs card. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional is a PCIe x1 slot card. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer is a PCI slot card.
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I own a X-Fi Extreme Music (well did ) but I would swap it for a Xonar without thinking if I could afford it.

Im not saying its bad, but I read enough reviews and recommendations around here for me to want to upgrade to one.

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Just my opinion... nothing beats a Creative Labs card.
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In Windows XP maybe.
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Just my opinion... nothing beats a Creative Labs card. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional is a PCIe x1 slot card. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer is a PCI slot card.
good recommendation,i agree with u.
post #6 of 18
The question is what slot and how much you are ready to spend on a card - here are some good suggestions.
Asus Xonar DX PCIe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006
Creative X-Fi Titanium PCIe
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1&Sku=C44-3394
Asus Xonar DS PCI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=A455-2640
Creative X-Fi Audio PCI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&Sku=C44-3346
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post #7 of 18
Although it isnt better suited for gaming, the DX is still a strong card, and will perform decently in a gaming environment. Ive had no problems with anything with my DX while gaming.

The only real benefits a Creative card has over the DX is EAX 5.0, and a slightly better gaming performance. They own the rights to EAX, so thats why they are the only ones that use 5.0.

for the money, these two cards pretty much rule the segment.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829132006

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102034
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Highly recommend the Xonar DS, paired with good quality headphones the soundstage is unbeatable.

I came runner up in a CAL CS1.6 tourney with it, and I regularly play other games. I honestly think it's one of the better ones you can get.
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Xonar Essence ST/STX or X-Fi Titanium HD.
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