Originally Posted by Simca
Creative cards used to have lots of problems and crappy drivers back in the day. I've heard about them less and less...but then again not many people are buying those cards anymore.
You're pretty angry about your DG, but it's like being mad at buying some Ford Pinto that broke down on you and never wanting to buy a Mustang from Ford. Kinda' funny.
Especially since it's obviously the better card than any creative solution until much much higher.
Then again, if you're not looking to have awesome sound and just need something to work...why not go Creative Audio?
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI OEM Sound Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories
Then again, not many people are still using Windows XP anymore. I don't care about it supporting Windows Vista/7, providing it does the job in XP. Same goes for "back in the day" support; Sony used to give out 50 Year guarantees on their Stereos and CRT TVs, doesn't mean I'm going to expect them to do the same nowadays.
Sorry but that's total BS. My friend had a very expensive Xonar (Essence something) and had major stuttering/latency issues when running EAX (what are you gonna recommend for him to do, get a crappier one for everything non-Dolby? One for each occasion, maybe?). And I'm not going to spend another almost Â£150 for an even more expensive and useless paperweight to find that out. Also please don't give me that "it's a low end card which is why it sucks" BS. I can buy a GT 430 from Nvidia, doesn't mean because I payed less I expect it to screw with my system and not perform as well in any tasks it advertises to do well in compared to a GTX 580 (Blu-ray playback for example). Besides, I've been on their website and seen their support, they barely release one new driver every year, which is a joke as far as aftersales support goes.
And that Xtreme Audio card doesn't have hardware processing, it's probably another software emulation-supported card. I'm only interested in one that processes most if not all audio on its own, and Xtreme Gamer one is the only one I've seen that says that (prove me wrong?).Edited by Am* - 3/3/11 at 8:48am