View Full Version : Sound Card Question - What's best?

02-27-2008, 09:10 AM
I'm about to purchase an X-Fi XtremeGamer to replace my integrated SoundMax onboard sound. I've done my homework but I just want to ask if there's any reason not to get Sound Blaster. Is this still the defacto gamer's sound solution?

Of course the main application will be to drive sound in Storm of War and Knights of the sea. Plus I want my skin to crawl when I'm playing Cryostasis on the HTPC!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

02-27-2008, 10:46 AM
Here is what I just bought. Sounds great. Read the reviews. Some like it much better than the X-Fi Extreme gamer.

02-27-2008, 11:16 AM
I have the x-fi fatal1ty pro and I am very happy with it.

TgD Thunderbolt56
02-27-2008, 12:06 PM
X-Fi Platinum (The live-drive front controls make the Platinum version a must-have for me in my last 3 builds).

And I love it.

02-27-2008, 12:54 PM
I bought a X-fi XtremeGamer about a year ago. It was a +*major*+ step up from the onboard, but two things that I had problems with:

1. It uses HD audio for its front panel connector, which is not really compatible with AC'97, which is what most older cases use for their front audio panel, e.g. mic & headphones. I bought a $20 HD audio front panel kit that fits in a floppy drive slot so I could still have front panel access.

2. The mic input level, whether using the back or front panel, is TOO LOW!!!!! Yes, I used the 20db boost and had the mic recording level pegged at max. Even then my mic had to be right in front of my mouth. With the onboard, the same mic could be laying on my desk top and still pick up everything just fine. I eventually configured my system so I use the on-board only for the mic input and the X-fi for everything else (yes, this is possible regardless of the **** that creative-labs says, just don't use their overblown control app).

Now, do I recommend the X-fi? I can't really say, unless you are getting a really good price for it ($60-$70 USA). I really enjoy it, IMHO it's 3D expansion sounds more '3d' with my highend stereo headphones (senn 595) than the 5.1 headphones I own that have 8 drivers.

02-27-2008, 01:40 PM
I watched an X-Fi Xtreme Music on eBay end its auction for $51. In looking at the features of each of the X-Fi offerings, I find that the Xtreme Music X-Fi sound card integrates the Xtreme Gamer also, along with Audio Creation. Also, its the X-Fi Xtreme Music sound card that is used in the X-Fi Platinum set that includes the front drive bay.

I have recently been able to run the game back to back with an Audigy 2 and an X-Fi Xtreme Music sound card and there was enough of a difference to make me want to try to pick one up.

02-27-2008, 01:43 PM
Being the cheapskate bargain hunter I am, I just picked up a Audigy 2 ZS off ebay for 22.

SOunds great after using my Soundblaster live, plus it has a gameport for my MS FF Pro. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

02-27-2008, 03:09 PM
Wow, thanks everyone for the good info.

FamilyMan you brought up some good points. My case is pretty new so HD Audio connection is no problem, I'll just have to take my chances with the mic gain. Can't wait to hear the 3D expansion!