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I own a x-fi xtrememusic sound card, but is currently using Realtek ALC889A from my mb. Should I switch to the x-fi or keep my onboard sound? What are the advantages beside lowering system resources using the dedicated soundcard? Will the sound be better?
    
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The sound will be better but maybe not noticeable.What you have for speakers will be the determining factor.
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Are games still using x-fi features? I don't seem to see much games using their technology?
    
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sound will definitly be better than onboard, go for it.

Edit: I just picked up an HT Omega Striker 7.1 card on here for 55, it's nothing special but I'm using an old school Logitech Z560 setup that I know has more potential my onboard can't bring out. And I listen to Music pretty much 24/7 lol at least when I'm on my computer.
Edited by Kratthew D. Kraids - 2/23/11 at 10:29am
    
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Yes. It should sound a little better. Especially depending on what you've got it hooked up to.

Unless you're using the digital output (spdif or whatnot), in which case, it doesn't matter.
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are the differences between the xtrememusic and the rest of the higher end x-fi card is the x-ram, pci-e, titanium shield, front panel? but the capability is the same?
    
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are the differences between the xtrememusic and the rest of the higher end x-fi card is the x-ram, pci-e, titanium shield, front panel? but the capability is the same?

You get what you pay for. Onboard is free (well at the expense of your motherboard of course). XtremeMusic is 30 bucks and therefore better than onboard. Titanium is 100 bucks and therefore better than XtremeMusic.

The more you pay, the better it sounds. Of course, you need the right audio equipment to truly hear the differences. But yes, you should keep the Xtreme Music as it will clearly sound better than on board, even on your logitech speakers.
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I was able to notice a difference using the old ac'97 audio versus xtrememusic. But the onboard alc889a sounds pretty much the same as the xtrememusic. is the directsound3d meant for headphones and higher than 2.1 setup? Or is it use for 2.1 also? Diresound3d software emulation or miles sound 2d positional audio?
    
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