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I don't have a 5.1 setup yet, but will sometime, what are some good card for under $100 and supports the latest game tech, for gaming and movies.

Someday I will get a wicked soundcard for doing music and recording my guitars, but no rush for that.


EDIT ok EAX is out of date, and was not an across the board standard...like I thought
Edited by Mit Namso - 3/24/11 at 7:52am
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Isn't eax a creative thing like physx is for nvidia?

It's been recommended on this forum when I asked about the best sub 100 dollar card, most recommended was the ASus xonar one for like 89, and the HT omega striker. I've heard the HT good for gaming and the Asus one good for movies and music
Edited by brkbeatjunkie - 3/23/11 at 11:17pm
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asus xonar
Edited by goldboy - 3/23/11 at 11:16pm
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Well if your using a headset I would recommend the Asus Xonar DG if you have speakers I would get the Asus Xonar D1 or the DS. It supports the latest EAX and give much better price/performance than Creative. Also Asus support is one of the best.
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Ati 4850 for $47 atm - and grab yourself another for xfire later on the road if it isn't enough
I'm pretty sure he ment sound card.
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IMO, I'd take the Xonar DX. It's the better gaming sound card between that and the HT Omega Striker. You can find a Titanium at Best Buys for 80 dollars, but a LOT of people have problems with them. I just can't recommend the normal Titanium to anyone because of all the problems with them.
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First, EAX is no longer used by any game developing house.

The last version was 5.0. OpenAL was the successor and Creative used Alchemy to translate old EAX sound calls to be hardware accelerated with OpenAL.

OpenAL is no longer being used either.

ASUS cards can emulate EAX with its DS3D option in its respective sound cards' control panels. The ASUS cards are very hit and miss when emulating EAX. Some games work perfectly fine, while other hitch, stutter, and are characterized by horrible echoes, looping, or outright crashes.

Unless you play a ton of legacy games, you have no reason to look for a card that still supports EAX. If you do play legacy games, get one that can actually reproduce the effects correctly.

Personally, I have used Alchemy and an X-Fi Titanium, Titanium HD, and Fatality Pro sound card with Alchemy with great success.

Under Windows 7 64 bit, I can run FEAR, the Hitman series, the Thief series, Call of Duty 1 and 2, and just about any other EAX capable game with 100 % success. Even Diablo sounds great.

For a full list of Alchemy settings for individual games, look here-->
http://connect.creativelabs.com/alch.../AllItems.aspx

Where you see entries like this:

RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Activision\\ Call Of Duty\\InstallPath

it would be this under 64 bit versions of Windows:
RegPath=HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Wow6432Node\ \Activision\\Call Of Duty\\InstallPath

Drop me a PM if you need help configuring any game in the list.
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First, EAX is no longer used by any game developing house.
Yeah I know next to nothing SC or industry sound tech. related
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