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So I bought the X-Fi Fatality Titanium Pro

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March 8, 2011 9:15:02 AM

I bought the Creative X-Fi Fatality Titanium Pro for one heck of a good deal. It was on sale for $109.99 and I get a $60 mail in rebate.

It isn't the very best sound card money can buy, but it certainly blows away your motherboard audio. My computer is used mostly for gaming, and the X-Fi Fatality cards are supposed to be the very best "gaming" sound cards. The other ASUS and Auzentech brands are more for things like professional audio editing, recording audio, music, and blu-ray movies.

The X-Fi Fatality series is designed specifically for gaming.

Before I install this card, is there anything I should know about it?
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 11:03:09 AM

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The other ASUS and Auzentech brands are more for things like professional audio editing, recording audio, music, and blu-ray movies.


I disagree with this statement, especially since Auznetech uses the X-fi chipset with actual good components...[as opposed to the cheap stuff Creative uses].

Anyway, I recommend ditching Creatives official drivers and using either the PAX or Daniel_K driver sets; you'll save yourself a lot of suffering in the long run, as Creatives drivers have a multitude of problems that crop up.
March 9, 2011 1:39:37 AM

gamerk316 said:
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The other ASUS and Auzentech brands are more for things like professional audio editing, recording audio, music, and blu-ray movies.


I disagree with this statement, especially since Auznetech uses the X-fi chipset with actual good components...[as opposed to the cheap stuff Creative uses].

Anyway, I recommend ditching Creatives official drivers and using either the PAX or Daniel_K driver sets; you'll save yourself a lot of suffering in the long run, as Creatives drivers have a multitude of problems that crop up.


Apparently the "holy grail" of PC audio cards is the ASUS Xense, which is $400. There is no way I'm spending that much on an audio card. I'm not sure how it performs in games compared to the creative x-fi "gaming" cards.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 1:47:13 AM

Good deal!
Can't beat the price.
But like gamerk316 says i'll put my Forte up against anything Creative makes.
a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 11:09:33 AM

^^ The Forte is a GREAT card for doing just about anything, and the best X-fi card out there [for what thats worth]. Really hard to argue against it, even if I prefer ASUS [more a matter of taste then anything else; I certianly wouldn't recommend wasting money on a "upgrarde" from a Forte].

And the Xense is so expensive because it comes bundled with a really good Seinheisser headset. I actually put the Xense alone around the same level as the ASUS Xonar D2/D2X.
a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 6:41:15 PM

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With a analog connection onboard audio will be junk with a Codec that's have a signal loss rate of under a 100 on Avg.


Not true; most of Realteks chipsets have been above 100 for a while now, and their best offerings offer the same exact SnR as Creatives soundcards [108dB]. ASUS, HT Omega, and Auzentech have cards with even higher signal quality [114-120 SnR on the stereo output].

Onboard is actually quite good at this point. Its only downside is its not tuned toward any specific audio range, so nothing really stands out, and the lack of extra upmixing/matrixing/encoding technologies offered.
a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 11:06:02 PM

Onboard audio is much improved in the last few years but still sucks imo.
A $50 soundcard is better.
I recently read a P67 roundup that analyzed the onboard audio and it's not that good.
I'm pretty sure the best result was in the low 80db range.
Click the other boards and most are in the 70-80db range.
http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1495/10/
a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 12:21:37 AM

even my older audigy 4 still sounds better than new onboard sound.
March 10, 2011 9:50:54 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
even my older audigy 4 still sounds better than new onboard sound.


Can you recommend any high-quality 5.1 speaker system which might work better than my 2.1 setup?
a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 1:31:00 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
even my older audigy 4 still sounds better than new onboard sound.

Dead on! i have a board with ALC889 and i added an old Audigy 2 -ZS(same chip as Audigy 4) and it sounds better!
Onboard audio blows!
a b 4 Gaming
March 10, 2011 1:33:49 PM

ambam said:
Can you recommend any high-quality 5.1 speaker system which might work better than my 2.1 setup?

Create a new thread dude!
It's easier and better!
March 11, 2011 9:01:36 AM

davcon said:
Create a new thread dude!
It's easier and better!


I have a 5 year old 5.1 speaker system I used on a computer I had a long time ago. Do you think they would still work on my new PC?
a b 4 Gaming
March 11, 2011 2:00:50 PM

ambam said:
I have a 5 year old 5.1 speaker system I used on a computer I had a long time ago. Do you think they would still work on my new PC?

Currently running speakers bought in 2003 on my Auzentech Forte.
The age of the speakers is not an issue.
My main home hi-fi speakers were bought in the 80's.
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