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Wow, that sucks. I would have tossed that thing out months ago if that happened to me.

Yeah it sucks. Really haven't had good luck with ASUS cards either though. :/

I'm thinking about opening a claim to get it RMA'd but I've done that before with a couple Creative sound cards and they really gave me the run around and it took a few weeks for me to get a new card.


EDIT: Oooohh just as I was typing this up, it started making random static popping sounds when no other sounds were playing. Obviously it does not like to be talked bad about on OCN. tongue.gif

In any case, think its time for a new card for me too.
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The X-Fi DSP has been prone to dying since the first CA20K1 was released to the public in the original XtremeMusic, Platinum and Elite Pro. I've personally had to RMA two XtremeMusic cards. However, Creative supposedly fixed most of these issues when they moved over to PCIe and introduced the CA20K2 DSP, which is used in the Titanium, Titanium HD and much of the Fatality line. There's still a continuous trickle of people with CA20K2 cards that are dying every now and then which leads me to believe there's an inherent design flaw or poor environment tolerance with their DSP.
I have thought about the GTX470s cooking my cards. However, I'm sure the STX would like to have a word on that because it spent its first couple of months sandwiched between both my 470s.

I think the STX just uses higher quality components in general, and they probably exercise better quality control than Creative.

Hmmm I'm not sure what to think. Personally I haven't heard many complaints about the HD (on the hardware front). And I had the XtremeMusic (heatsink version) for a significant period - the drivers were abysmal, but never any hardware failure.

Right now I'm leaning towards the STX. As a DAC it's superior to the HD IMO, and there's the headphone amp. It actually has some realistic EMI countermeasures (not some plastic gimmick). The build quality is better, and I don't care for the X-Fi 'mode' BS. I only got the Titanium HD for EAX, but the stupidity of it is that the ONLY game I can count on EAX actually working properly in is UT2004 That happens to be one of my all time favourites, so you could say I got the TitHD EXCLUSIVELY for UT2004.kookoo.gif

The STX isn't natively PCI-E - it uses a bridge chip, so what kind of latency is that adding?
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Oh, wow. Just switched in my STX to refresh my memory, and this thing really puts the Titanium HD to shame when it comes to music. Noticed idle DPC latency rise a little.
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