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11-11-2004, 11:54 PM
Ok i have 2 choices of sound cards and i need an expert opinion on which i should get...and yes i am an avid gamer but do not require professional stuff for video editing....Here are my 2 choices:

Creative Audigy 2 Value
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (7.1)PCI

The price difference is not much only about 20 US bucks. Whicch card should i pick and why? Also if i am upgrading from onboard sound, will i notice any sound improvement? I am using the standard speakers and subwoofer, not planning to upgrade to 5.1 speakers due to cash constraints im only a student, my sound card is onboard AC'97 5.1 sound.

11-12-2004, 06:19 AM
No doubt http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
take the 2ZS

That one has hardware acceleration - the Audigy 2 Value emulates it I think...
Check here http://www.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=1&subcategory=204&product=4915&nav=1

And yes sound quality will improve a lot (if you have decent speakers/headphone), the 2ZS is even THX certified http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, DVD's will sound better too.

And you will gain in fps because the CPU doesn't have to work so hard anymore http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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11-12-2004, 08:55 AM
I went from Santa cruz turtle beach to Audigy 2 ZS and the sound quality is much higher even on my 2.1 speaker system.I hear sounds from songs and games that I didn´t before,everything sound so clearer now.Don´t know how much I improved on fps or such but I tell you,the sound quality really improved,atleast for me.

11-12-2004, 09:06 AM
Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS

11-12-2004, 10:39 AM
No question, Audigy 2 ZS is outstanding!

11-12-2004, 04:29 PM
Make that 5 votes for the ZS. I have one and it is great.

11-12-2004, 04:57 PM
Creative SB Audigy 2 ZS (7.1)PCI

I love mine. Absolutly love it. My Neighbors hate it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif