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Feathered_IV
10-05-2007, 09:04 AM
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer:

http://www.nexus.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=62&products_id=265

Or should I save my pennies for this one:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum Fatal1ty
http://www.nexus.com.au/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=62&products_id=620

What say you? I'm off to the shops t'morra http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-05-2007, 09:18 AM
The Xtreme Gamer will certainly cut the mustard just fine. Having said that, I will say I got the Platinum edition card myself because I really like the breakout box (that takes up one of my 5.25" bays) that allows me to connect headphones and mic as well as a few other devices in the front.

Both are essentially the same performance-wise and you need to ask yourself if the difference in cash is worth it for the breakout box.


TB

BrotherVoodoo
10-05-2007, 09:19 AM
I have the Fatal1ty version myself and I am very happy with it. I am sure the XtremeGamer would absolutly fine also. In this game either card performs about equally well I would venture to guess. I went through the same debate when I bought mine.

msalama
10-05-2007, 09:24 AM
I'd save up my pennies and get the XtremeGamer if I were you. Doubt there's much if any difference in sound quality however... then again my middle name is cheap so there's that obviously http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Deedsundone
10-05-2007, 09:43 AM
Got the xtreme gamer card and like it a lot.Had an Audigy 2ZS before and find the sound clearer,overall better with the xtreme gamer card. Can`t go wrong with it.

Freelancer-1
10-05-2007, 09:48 AM
Got a 7:1 speaker setup to go with it?

You need at least a 5:1 or your wasting your money IMO.

major_setback
10-05-2007, 09:51 AM
I don't know if the difference is just the front panel or not, but here's my experience of it:
It's very handy having the front panel. I plug my stereo straight in (from the tape-deck 'out' line from my amp, I think), and can record in mp3 from vinyl and tapes.
Also I plug a bass guitar into the microphone input on the front which has a variable input so it doesnt overload/overdrive, and I can practice playing to songs. I also plug my computer into a bass amps Aux connection (from the computer earphone socket) and can play to the music.

There's an optical input/output too on the front.

The sound is really good, and I use the Disc drive as a CD player (connected to my stereo, though I do that from the rear of the computer though the earphone connection), and it sounds much better than my old (Marantz CD-50) CD player that packed in a couple of years ago.
I have the front panel on my two computers as it came with Audigy 2 Platinum as well.

http://www.pctuning.cz/ilustrace2/joro2/xfi/xfi_panel2.jpg

TgD Thunderbolt56
10-05-2007, 10:47 AM
Well, there's also the difference in the amount of XRAM on the two cards, but there is little, if any, performance difference in the two as no games are written that can take advantage of the specific RAM yet. At least not to the point that 2mb isn't enough (I think the Platinum Fatal1ty version has 64mb).

Like the good major, I use mine for music recording as well and the front inputs are just too sweet.

major_setback
10-05-2007, 11:17 AM
I forgot to say. I have a software player, 'Creative Media Source Player' which I'm sure came with the first sound card (Audigy Platinum) and allows you to record 'What you hear' in any format, so you just play a record (or any external source) and press the record button. Unfortunately it records mouse-clicks too, but I'm sure you can disable these if you want.

It comes with the X-Fi too.

Choctaw111
10-05-2007, 11:39 AM
I have the X-Fi Extreme Audio. It works very well. I cannot remember the real difference, without looking it up, between it and the Extreme Gamer.

Stiletto-
10-05-2007, 01:32 PM
I got the Fatal1ty Extreme Gamer version last winter because I thought my old SB Audigy series 1 was dead. I found out I had a ground problem and was dissapointed I spent 120 bucks on a new soundcard when my old one was fine. Well after actually hooking in the X-Fi and loading up some games (specifially IL-2) I was amazed and very happy with my purchase anyways. I also got the one with the front panel, and yes it was only about 120 dollars with a mail in rebate and a newegg instant discount. With putting in your Mic, or instruments into the front panel and using recording mode in Adobe Audition, you can pretty much get studio quality sound out of this thing on a shoe-string budget.

Well back to the games, IL2 FB may not be that new and I don't think it has the latest EAX bells and whistles but what a difference it made from my old Audigy! The surround sound and doppler effects of bullets whizzing past me is freaking amazing, my old audigys surround sound settings sound so flat compared to this card, and the individual sounds are crisper as well. Sure, only a couple games use that soundcard memory stuff, and if all you care about is playing your old favorite games and you don't want to record music, you don't need the input bay or the extra memory. But if you don't have atleast a decent 5.1 setup you are wasting your money. I've also tried 5.1 headphones, and those are a waste of money compared to any half decent 5.1 or 7.1 setup. If you do have good speakers, all you need is the base version for less than 100 bucks and it will sound like gold.

So much better than my old Audigy, and my old Audigy is so much better than anyone that thinks onboard sound has come along way and sounds "fine". I think alot of people overlook a good sound card and don't really know what they are missing or don't care. In FPS games online, I can pinpoint a persons location just by hearing them, I know exactly if they are at 12 o'clock , 5'oclock, etc.. The situational awareness you get from a good soundcard really can give you an edge over your opponent.

Just my 2 cents.

x6BL_Brando
10-05-2007, 02:35 PM
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"The surround sound and doppler effects of bullets whizzing past me is freaking amazing..."

Absoultely! I was surprised at how much better FB sounds, just through headphones, using this X-Fi Xtreme Gamer. That's following on from an Audigy 2ZS.

B

Feathered_IV
10-05-2007, 06:13 PM
Hmm. Looks like the gamer version might be the go for my particular circumstances then. I'm only $29 dollars short in my PC slush fund too http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Currently I have a Audigy2 Exteme 'Value' card. The lowest of the low. I'll be curious to hear the difference.

msalama
10-05-2007, 06:20 PM
I'll be curious to hear the difference.

Cheers. Waiting for your report then http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SeaFireLIV
10-05-2007, 06:32 PM
I had the Extreme Music XFI for myself and Extreme Gamer XFI for my kid.

Listening to both they sound IDENTICAL.

I`ve not tried the fatality with the extra ram, but I think only one game uses it maybe.


I have been extremely happy with the aforementioned cards, like said before by Stiletto- , the Audigy was great, the XFI is even BETTER. Glorious sound, especially if you use headphones (but other speakers covered to) and though I haven`t technically measured it, ALL my games/programs seem to run smooth with no slowdown when I push the EAX settings right up (before this may have caused problems).

Marvellous card and worth purchasing (I don`t think Fatality is worth the pricetag yet though).

knightflyte
10-05-2007, 06:46 PM
Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
The Xtreme Gamer will certainly cut the mustard just fine. Having said that, I will say I got the Platinum edition card myself because I really like the breakout box (that takes up one of my 5.25" bays) that allows me to connect headphones and mic as well as a few other devices in the front.

Both are essentially the same performance-wise and you need to ask yourself if the difference in cash is worth it for the breakout box.


TB

I have an old Audigy Platinum with the front breakout box. I wanted the X-Fi Platinum, but it doesn't offer firewire like my Audigy did. I ended up upgrading to the XTreme Gamer. Works fine.

Now........ does anyone know if I can safely add the break out box from my original Audigy to the X-Fi gamer?

Divine-Wind
10-05-2007, 09:32 PM
Yes, I would say the razor-thin edge of the Sound Blaster X-Fi will cut the mustard quite nicely. I hear it also works well on cheese, steak, and cabbage.


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