Sound blaster Z vs normal XFI Titanium which one is better ?

Discussion in 'Soundcards, Speakers HiFI & File formats' started by playst, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Anarion

    Anarion Ancient Guru

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    Majority of those games don't benefit from hardware audio acceleration at all because they use software audio.
     
  2. GenClaymore

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    Mass effect as well as Borderlands series you have to change the audio device from Xaudio to Al.Audio for OpenAL, Wheres Doom3,UT3,U2 and Quake 4 has a in game option for openal. Also Both UT3 and U2 games your might wanna change the voices from 32 to 128, as is on 32 by default. But yea I wouldn't bother testing for hardware acceleration performance, there's no point unless you have a very old Single core or first gen dual core.
     
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    ME2 and ME3 use Wwise so OpenAL hardware acceleration is no go, ME1 used OpenAL and you have to be sure that you have correct DeviceName under [ISACTAudio.ISACTAudioDevice]. Crysis games are all software too. Don't know about Lost Planet 2 but those NFS games probably are Xaudio.
     
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    I need you guys to help me out here. For games that support OpenAL, how to run them on OpenAL.
     

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    Mirror's Edge and/or UT3 are probably the easiest to test. You can check teh device name with ALCapsViewer32. http://connect.creativelabs.com/openal/Downloads/ALCapsViewer.zip

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    In my case the device name is Sennheiser HD 595 (Sound Blaster Z), when I had Forte in my machine it was Auzen X-Fi Audio [0001].

    I did a test in Mirror's Edge between software and hardware mode with Forte and there was no difference at all.
     
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    Thanks. I know there is no difference, but I'm gonna test and show numbers anyways.

    It will be the most pointless bunch of benchmarks in history, but oh well.
     
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    Hardware audio acceleration applies to ANY audio task. SRC, EQ...etc. Even if a game doesn't use the hardware directly, certain aspects of the output can still be accelerated. That being said, I wouldn't buy a card based on HW acceleration these days, it is more about sound quality and feature set.
     
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    why do people keep saying that the hd model cant do 5.1

    even the website says it..

    but I have no problem doing it. using media classic playing a movie encoded in 5.1 and the card switched my receiver to 5.1 on optical without using the dolby digital switch in cards settings.


    and HW acceleration like rob said isnt important anymore. cpu these days can handle it no problem.
     
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    It says it becuase it is true and it is not...the HD cannot provide 5.1 through analog output. ONLY on digital so generally people are concerned with analog features for a soundcard as digital features really waste a great deal of what people payed for.
     
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    anyway I just decided to switch back over to my titanium.


    I bought a slightly used reciever with analog multichannel input and will be recieving later in the week.:banana:

    my 7 year old receiver has been acting up. fan going bad. sound not coming out all the speakers when turning on. doesnt have enough connections. have to switch cabls for optical as the reciever only had one.
     

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    @yasamoka

    did u get the results?
     
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    There's a very high chance the Sound Blaster Z will be arriving tomorrow, so I will test tomorrow hopefully.
     
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    did u receive the Z series yet?
     
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    Yup, can only test on i7 930, i5 2500, and i7 3770K. Might get hold of a Core 2 Duo system soon, too.
     
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    cool
     

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    dude ,its been over a week..... any thing yet?
     
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    Not yet, I got a life. Uni started again too.
     
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    how can u have university during a time like this...summer vacation
     
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    I have a 6 week summer semester.

    Don't call us; we'll call you. :)
     
  20. Radical_53

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    Any, more or less, recent games you'd say have "very" accurate positional audio? Maybe even one that has a very nicely done headphone mode.
    I should receive my Z series card tomorrow so I'll try to get as much of a comparison as I can get.
    I'm still satisfied with the sound quality of my THD so positional audio, and maybe soundstage, would be the only "issues" I'd like to see fixed.
     

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