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X-Fi & Front Case Panel Connections?

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December 13, 2006 2:49:16 PM

I'm a long-time lurker and new poster here at Tom's. Anyway, I have a question about the X-Fi cards. Do the X-Fis include header pins enabling you to connect them to the built-in microphone or line-in jacks on case front panels? I believe the X-Fis include headers to connect them to the Creative I/O panels, but how about built-in case panels?

From reading review on Newegg, it looks like this X-Fi can connect to case panels: X-Fi XtremeGamer.

But how about this one: X-Fi XtremeGamer "Fatality"?

Also, I edited this to inquire if anyone has any experience with the newRazer Barracuda AC-1 sound card. It looks interesting...
December 13, 2006 3:40:15 PM

As far as I know, Creative uses proprietary headers so that you can't connect the case speaker and mic jacks.
December 14, 2006 4:48:20 AM

Sad to say..the you can't hook up Creative cards to the case front panel audio jacks. The only way to get front audio is to buy the more expensive cards that comes with Creative's own front panels. :?
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December 14, 2006 12:45:44 PM

Oh well, thanks for the replies, guys. I should have known, since I've had an Audigy 2 in my current rig for the past few years. I thought Creative may have changed to include standard headers since newer ATX cases all have built-in audio jacks, and motherboards usually have integrated AC97 sound. I guess I'll have to stick to crawling on my hands and knees to get to the headphone jack on the rear of my new computer as well...
December 14, 2006 1:45:27 PM

Or buy speakers with a headphones port? The Logitech Z-5500 has one on the side of the control module, and my older $50 Logitech 5.1 system had a headphone port on the center speaker..

I used to have the standard Audigy2 ZS before upgrading.. and I never had to crawl behind the computer to hook up my headphones.. the speaker systems made that easy.
December 14, 2006 4:57:13 PM

As far as I know, Creative uses proprietary headers so that you can't connect the case speaker and mic jacks.

Do they still use the 6-pin (I think) connector, but with the pins in a diff order? The reason I ask is with that my case, the front-panel connector has the standard connector and then 6 (I think) individual connectors you can arrange in any order.
December 19, 2006 3:11:28 AM

I have a razer barracuda..and just put up a should check it out..
December 19, 2006 12:39:23 PM

Yeah, I read your review; the Barracuda looks interesting. I really like my Razer Copperhead, and the new Barracuda headphones look really nice. I'm in the process of accumulating parts for a new build, and need to decide on a sound card... I was planning on getting an X-Fi, since it's basically the "standard". My favorite sound card that I've had so far was an Aureal A3D, though, not a Sound Blaster. I wouldn't mind trying the Barracuda when more is known about it.

Your review was helpful, but I'd like to see some more. It seems like hardware sites would be jumping all over this card, since non-Creative sound cards are so rare these days.
December 19, 2006 1:43:07 PM

Your right..I thought sites would be all over it also..I don't get it..I was a huge aureal fan as well..I was totally bumbed when they went under...I'm telling you..If you don't have a sounds card,get the barracuda..I bought it to try it and take it back..But I think I'm gonna keep it..I'm that impressed..The sound is just so clean and sounds diff..Try one,if you don't like it ,take it worries.. :)  irocem
December 22, 2006 10:16:17 PM

Just a quick question.

How do the X-Fi cards work with line-in / mic-in?

There are four sockets; orange, green, blue and white. Does this mean that you can choose between having 5.1 sound + microphone and 7.1 sound - microphone? From what I can see the mic takes up a line-out socket.