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Ok so I'm either gonna get an asus xonar 7.1, or a creative sound blaster titanium fatal1ty professional. The creative is on sale and costs $80, and the xonar costs $90. Which one should I get?
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I don't like Creative, and I love Asus, so my choice is obvious. With that said, many people say the Creative cards are better for gaming since they have true EAX, while Asus has to emulate it. This is true, but EAX isn't as big of an issue if you use Vista or Win7 due to the way these OS's handle sound. Asus tends to sound better than Creative for movies and music, but the difference isn't all that noticeable on regular PC speakers. With a high end cans or receiver+monitors, the difference is much more obvious. With either card, it will sound better than on-board unless you're using $10 Wal-Mart headphones.
 
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Well I'm gonna be primarily gaming, and my headphones cost about $130
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I just bought the one on sale, i'm taking it to my friends to test it against his xonar dx.
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I just bought the one on sale, i'm taking it to my friends to test it against his xonar dx.
Nice.. Can you pm me and tell me how it goes?
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o View Post
Nice.. Can you pm me and tell me how it goes?
Yes, I should get it by the end of the week. I bought this one simply for the fact that it was almost 50% off. I don't think you would regret buying it.
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it was almost 50% off.
How long is it on sale for?
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o View Post
How long is it on sale for?
I got an e-mail this morning from newegg for a 48-hour sale so I am assuming it will be on sale until thursday morning-ish. Apparently it's also on sale on Amazon for the same price but I don't know for how long.
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Originally Posted by Jov4nTh3Yu9o View Post
Ok so I'm either gonna get an asus xonar 7.1, or a creative sound blaster titanium fatal1ty professional. The creative is on sale and costs $80, and the xonar costs $90. Which one should I get?
Between these two, Asus has the better sound quality, but you give up CMSS3D for Dolby Headhphone (which is still ok, but better for movies than games). You also have EAX emulation on Asus, but that only affects older games. If you can afford the X-fi Titanium HD (and don't mind that you need to use digital out for multi-channel speakers), I'd say go for that -- its a better card than the Fatal1ty. Otherwise my second choice would be Asus because they use higher quality components in their entry level cards.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo View Post
. With either card, it will sound better than on-board unless you're using $10 Wal-Mart headphones.
i agree......... Speaker system or headphones you are going to use will tell the difference

people say the ASUS is best for music and that true because of the high build quality makes the ASUS better in output or input (recording) than Creative even the SNR is ASUS is always better than Creative`s in this case (ASUS 118dB , Creative 109dB) not sure but i think your onboard is like 80-90dB or so

while the creative bundled with lots of sound techs like the EAX5, CMSS3D and the Crystallizer and their innovation the X-RAM (though only few games use them) it looks great in gaming that`s why people say the X-Fi are now the best gaming sound cards
but you need to consider the Creative drivers....... people says that they are not stable

and one more thing......im sure that you have noticed that the D2 uses PCI while Creative uses PCIX1 ........i don't know about you MoBo but the PCIX1 will come in handy when upgrading into 2GPUs

both are great cards but i will have to say the same old cliché:
(For gaming go with X-Fis , For Music go with Xonars)

again i DID NOT owned or used any of these cards i just collected these infos hoping it will help you out
    
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