Is not it true that X-RAM only works for games that are designed to take advantage of it?
As games are written to exploit this (and since Creative is the PC gaming defacto standard) over time games will be written to take advantage of it. Today however? I've read that only BF2 and Quake4 are on the current menu.
I have the X-Fi Extreme Music and works great with gaming. I had it now for about a year and still impresses me with great quality sound in entertainment, gaming and audio editing mode. I love it for gaming as with my onboard audio causes drop in frame rates while the X-Fi Extreme Music sound card on Game Mode does nothing negative but gives great sounds to my Klipsch speakers. I got around $100 so it's not gonna cost you an arm and a leg to get it.
ive got the lower end xfi (its in my sig i forget the actual name) but it was 120 at compusa. im VERY impressed with it, although i only use 2.1 and occasionally headphones, the quality is much higher and even the microphone is clearer (still same hardware of course) the software seems to be a bit bulky, uses a lot of power when its open, but when u have it minizmized its unnoticable. in gaming fps have increased a little (going from onboard) but it wasnt a huge jump likei hoped, maybe 5-10 fps at most in bf2. still IMO it was worth the price tag, i think it can be found on newegg in the 80's after rebates. go for the lower end one, if you want the front audio (which i did at first) that would be my only reason to get a more expensive one.
The elite version has better quality DAC's and better sig to noise ratio.
Basically better for sound recording and music, but gamers would never need/use/notice those aspects
This man speaks the truth. I looked this up myself today for a similar post... the card itself is the same for the three lower models with the Fatality having 64 MB of memory. The Elite version does have slightly different hardware on the board.