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Using The Cards For Games

Terratec DMX 6Fire 24/96 vs. Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum
DirectSound 3D Static And Streaming

The following tests show the processor occupancy rate needed for both cards when playing games. The first Audigy test showed that it behaved well, so now let's see how the DMX 6Fire did.

Quake III Arena

Half Life


The results obtained with Audio WinBench and in the games are very eloquent and show that the Audigy Platinum and its DSP are quite capable of impeccable 3D sound hardware processing. The DMX 6Fire 24/96 is less so, given that all the DS3D voices are processed in the software.

The Audigy Platinum also has the undeniable lead in quality. The tests we did with these games (or in Alice, Operation Flashpoint or Alien Vs Predator) give a definite advantage to the Creative Labs card. No sound is missing or patchy as it is sometimes with the Terratec DMX 6Fire 24/96. Note that the Audigy Platinum supports EAX Advanced HP, but, apart from the demos supplied by the manufacturer, there was no game to test how efficient it really was in this respect.

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