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April 23, 2013 2:14:35 AM

Hi all,

My rig is primarily for gaming, and l want to add a sound card to the experience. I have done some research and l am trying to choose between either Creative XFi Titanium HD and Creative Z.
My headset is a Creative Wrath 3D.

What would you suggest?

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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 2:25:47 AM

Creative Wrath 3D (wireless) has a built-in sound card, adding a sound card won't change anything.
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April 23, 2013 2:28:53 AM

lostgamer_03 said:
Creative Wrath 3D (wireless) has a built-in sound card, adding a sound card won't change anything.


Hey, thanks for the reply. I am willing to change the headset if it will change the experience.
Any suggestions then on a dedicated gaming Headset/Card combo?
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April 23, 2013 12:28:58 PM

C'mon guys, l could use some help here.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 23, 2013 1:32:09 PM

Most of the best surround sound gaming headsets have their own sound cards.

Corsair Vengeance 2000, CM Storm Sirus 5.1, Razer Tiamat 7.1. All of them have their own sound cards, I even own 2 of the mentioned headsets.

You won't simply need a dedicated sound card, only if you got the biggest and badest speakers and want the absolute best quality, which really doesn't even make such a big difference compared to what you pay.

Most MOBOs also feature a decent integrated sound card, it is not neccessary at all, mate. :) 
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April 23, 2013 2:52:10 PM

lostgamer_03 said:
Most of the best surround sound gaming headsets have their own sound cards.

Corsair Vengeance 2000, CM Storm Sirus 5.1, Razer Tiamat 7.1. All of them have their own sound cards, I even own 2 of the mentioned headsets.

You won't simply need a dedicated sound card, only if you got the biggest and badest speakers and want the absolute best quality, which really doesn't even make such a big difference compared to what you pay.

Most MOBOs also feature a decent integrated sound card, it is not neccessary at all, mate. :) 


TYVM
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April 24, 2013 2:18:17 AM

lostgamer_03 said:
Most of the best surround sound gaming headsets have their own sound cards.

Corsair Vengeance 2000, CM Storm Sirus 5.1, Razer Tiamat 7.1. All of them have their own sound cards, I even own 2 of the mentioned headsets.

You won't simply need a dedicated sound card, only if you got the biggest and badest speakers and want the absolute best quality, which really doesn't even make such a big difference compared to what you pay.

Most MOBOs also feature a decent integrated sound card, it is not neccessary at all, mate. :) 


Out of curiosity, which one of the three headsets you mentioned would you recommend? All three are on my list right now!
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 2:59:25 AM

Zein Elrejal said:
lostgamer_03 said:
Most of the best surround sound gaming headsets have their own sound cards.

Corsair Vengeance 2000, CM Storm Sirus 5.1, Razer Tiamat 7.1. All of them have their own sound cards, I even own 2 of the mentioned headsets.

You won't simply need a dedicated sound card, only if you got the biggest and badest speakers and want the absolute best quality, which really doesn't even make such a big difference compared to what you pay.

Most MOBOs also feature a decent integrated sound card, it is not neccessary at all, mate. :) 


Out of curiosity, which one of the three headsets you mentioned would you recommend? All three are on my list right now!


Price/performance wise I like the Corsair Vengeance 2000 the best. It's wireless, it's the most comfortable and it has the best software support. It lacks of some buzzing issues on the mic, when you're charging it though. It's also only virtual 7.1 surround, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. There aren't really much difference between virtual and true surround sound, I speak of experience. It's also better to listen to music on virtual surround sound headsets, as they only feature one driver (speaker) in each cup. When you turn surround sound off in a true surround sound headsets because you'd like to listen to music, then it will turn off some of the drivers (speakers) and leave you with 2 smaller speakers compared to a virtual surround sound headset.

CM Storm Sirus have a lot of compability issues with Windows 8 and will not work properly, if you use Windows 8. It's not as comfortable as Corsair Vengeance 2000, but it has some cool features with it's mixing console. It however feature true surround sound 5.1, but it's not much better than virtual 7.1.


Razer Tiamat 7.1 is by far the best, however the price tag makes it unappealing in my point of view, which is also the reason why I don't own it. It features true 7.1 surround sound and a little mixing console, but it isn't on level with the CM Storm Sirus' mixing console.
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