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Default 11-06-2006, 03:09 | posts: 5

Well I was going to get the Sound Blaster X-Fiô Fatal1ty or the X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series. Reason because of the ram But does that make a big different's in gaming? Meaning the ram!!! But the way it seems the X-Meridian is the way the go. I was going to set up what ever sound card I got with the Z5500's is that a good Combo?

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Default 11-06-2006, 04:28 | posts: 2,803 | Location: Santo Domingo

your Z-5500 with and X-Meridian will be a perfect match, like husband and wife (in movies, of course). that's what I have in mind too.
   
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Default 11-06-2006, 15:26 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

That's the audio rig I want to end up with, X-MX and Z-5500's. This should make everthing sound better. Xan I think that rig will provide great sound no matter what your doing.
   
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Default 11-07-2006, 04:25 | posts: 2,803 | Location: Santo Domingo

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That's the audio rig I want to end up with, X-MX and Z-5500's. This should make everthing sound better. Xan I think that rig will provide great sound no matter what your doing.
LOL, I'm afraid you got me wrong: only in movies there could be a perfect match between a husband and a wife (really bad joke, I know). I know the soundcard will sound great in everything you throw at it. LOL
   
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Default 11-07-2006, 04:53 | posts: 736 | Location: Monterey, CA

I figured all of this, and just got a cheapo audigy se so that i could get a set of logitech x530's. Finally, I made a good decision the first time around, lol. I couldnt be happier with the setup. I absolutely love it. Who needs to spend almost 200$, if not more for a sound card??? I understand the whole "freeing resources" thing, and not to gloat or anything, but I dont need to free up resources. I think a minimum framerate of 63fps is just fine, especially considering my lcd only shows 60fps, lol. Anyway, a sound card is a sound card. Im sure, well, i know theres better, but do you really need the extra little bit of performance for that huge price? No really, Im asking, haha
   
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Default 11-07-2006, 06:41 | posts: 2,803 | Location: Santo Domingo

performance in games should not be the main feature of a soundcard, sound quality should be.
   
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Default 11-12-2006, 20:42 | posts: 436 | Location: Baltimore, MD

I didn't know the x-fi extreme audio was a piece of crap, and i just bought one. No matter what i do, i still get errors in BF2 and BF2142. They won't let me enable x-fi. I'm getting worse fps than when i had my good ol sb audigy 2. like a dumb ass, i threw away the box. now i can't take it back. I am so dissapointed.
   
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Default 11-12-2006, 20:59 | posts: 869 | Location: PA

i just upgraded from an audigy 2 to the new x-fi extreme gamer yesterday. my framerates increased around 3-5% and sound quality is great. and as for the people stating crap about not being able to install the "real" x-fi drivers and such, im currently using the oct 30 drivers for "real" x-fi with no problems or anything
   
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Default 11-12-2006, 21:19 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

@Tokin, You can skimp out if you want and buy a cheap card. As Xan pointed out the reason to spend a little money is not just for hardware etc..it's for good sound quality. If you want it, you have to buy the proper hardware. Similar to GFX cards, if you skimp out you will be dissapointed. You can keep the card you got and it may sound awsome to you until you hear somebody else's rig with a better sound card and speakers then you will hear the difference...something to keep in mind...
@Xan, I am noticing this more and more these days. Guys are willing to spend 100's of dollars on graphics cards and they will either use onboard sound and cheap speakers or they will buy the absolute minimum. They get used to it and think it's good and they have little idea of good audio gear. If your truly into gaming then video and aduio go hand and hand in a modern game and if you favor one and shortchange the other you only shortchange yourself as you don't experiance the game as intended. Just my opinion.

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Default 11-13-2006, 17:44 | posts: 436 | Location: Baltimore, MD

After reading in to it on this forum, i took back my extreme audio and got an extreme gamer. It actually is pretty decent.
   
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Default 12-07-2006, 15:07 | posts: 2,542 | Location: Toronto, Ontario

Updated the opening post now that the cards have been out for a while.
   
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Default 12-07-2006, 16:04 | posts: 21 | Location: colorado

this thread definately turned my thought around on the xtreme gamer card... I was thinking of getting that to...
   
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Default 12-07-2006, 18:31 | posts: 721 | Location: Illinois

Interesting read may have saved me from a blunder, Plus you've got me interested in the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro instead of the X-Fi XtremeMusic thanks!
   
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Default 12-09-2006, 04:55 | posts: 2,146 | Location: Babylon 5

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Interesting read may have saved me from a blunder, Plus you've got me interested in the X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro instead of the X-Fi XtremeMusic thanks!
Actually, the only difference between the X-Music (NOT X-Audio! Avoid this one!!!) and the X-Gamer Pro is the 64mb X-RAM. The XM is just as capable as the X-Gamer in games, I know coz I had the XM before and it rox in games and music.
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performance in games should not be the main feature of a soundcard, sound quality should be.
I beg to differ, it all boils down to preference or priority. For me, and those like-minded, gaming consumes most of my time on PC (aside from the occassional surfing) and games must run smoothly and sound great. Sure, I do listen to music now and then, but audio quality in games matters a lot to me and here is where the X-Fi shines. It's a vast improvement over my old A2 ZS.......hell, I like the X-Fi so much, I'd even upgraded to the Fatal1ty FPS just for the heck of it.
   
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Default 12-09-2006, 19:24 | posts: 721 | Location: Illinois

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Actually, the only difference between the X-Music (NOT X-Audio! Avoid this one!!!) and the X-Gamer Pro is the 64mb X-RAM. The XM is just as capable as the X-Gamer in games, I know coz I had the XM before and it rox in games and music.
So your saying that I won't hear any or have any performance difference (in games) between the two?
   
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Default 12-09-2006, 20:15 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

That's about right. They are basically the same card. With exceptions of the 64m,b of X-Ram but it has been pointed out that not too many games even use that yet and it's in debate if it even helps at all! so I wouldn't pay out for it. Seems like a gimmack to me.
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 18:35 | posts: 18 | Location: UK

Hey,

Is x-ram not pointless if you have a good computer... since it just frees up system memory? Or does it do more than just that?

Some useful info about x-ram on this link, sry if itís been posted already: http://www.techreport.com/reviews/20...y/index.x?pg=1
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 19:12 | posts: 4,211 | Location: Europe/Slovenia/Ljubljana

You can get 2GB of local memory instead ****ty 64MB of onboard X-RAM. What you'll need more? X-RAM in those 3 titles or 2GB more of regular RAM that can be used in ALL games without exception? I'd go with the later...
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 19:17 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

I am with RejZor, X-Ram is a extra expense with limited returns. I seriously doubt it will ever be adopted on a large scale...
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 19:25 | posts: 827 | Location: South Africa

X-Fi imo is the best Sound card ever to see (hear!) the light of day!

Only crap I had was with the "Digital Out" only able to do PCM aka 2.1 Sound feed which ment I had to trash my Digital Only speakers if I ever wanted to do some 4.1/5.1 or 7.1 speaker configurations!
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 19:32 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

I can tell you haven't heard a X-Meridian yet. AS for the digital out the X-Meridan is the best card for digital speaker systems aswell. X-Fi's are great cards also..
   
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Default 12-10-2006, 21:59 | posts: 4,211 | Location: Europe/Slovenia/Ljubljana

For digital, X-Meridian is an obvious choice, but for analog, i'd always go with X-Fi.
   
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Default 12-11-2006, 14:55 | posts: 2,146 | Location: Babylon 5

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So your saying that I won't hear any or have any performance difference (in games) between the two?
Yep, the ExtremeMusic (NOT ExtremeAudio!!!) performs on par with the Fatal1ty FPS I have now.......as to why I had gotten the FPS, I'm still wondering about that myself.
   
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Default 12-11-2006, 17:40 | posts: 16,236 | Location: Guru3D Audio Lab

Your a victim of "Creative" marketing!! J/K, for the most part if guys come in here asking which X-fi to buy they are always pointed to the Xtreme Music.

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Default 12-11-2006, 22:38 | posts: 4,211 | Location: Europe/Slovenia/Ljubljana

Of course. X-Fi XM offers everything that other expensive models have. Without useless crap that just adds up to the buy price. Like X-RAM for example...
   
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