DTS and 7.1: Creative Audigy 2 Platinum Pro

3D Sound And Games, Continued

Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro Processor load (%)
DirectSound 2D 1.64
DirectSound 3D software 26.8
DirectSound 3D hardware 2.4
DirectSound 3D + EAX 2

For the actual behavior in action, we took our three favorite games (Quake 3, Comanche 4, and Splinter Cell) and included in the comparative graphics the previous version of Audigy 2 (Platinum EX) as well as Terratec Aureon Space, another recent 7.1 card. Naturally, the Audigy 2 ZS is configured in 7.1! In Quake 3, the move to 7.1 seems to have resulted in a noticeable reduction in performance. The result is better than with Terratec but definitely not as good as that of the Platinum EX. In Comanche 4, things were very different because we obtained a much better performance than from the competition! Finally, with Splinter Cell, the ZS obtained exactly the same result as the Platinum EX. So the result is always good with more or less significant variations depending on the resources on which the game in question relies. Splinter Cell automatically activates EAX 3 where it recognizes it, which has slightly handicapped the performance of the Audigy 2 in comparison with the other brands.

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  • This rocks, I use it. but creative sucks. I have to use modified X-Fi drivers with modified XP software to get eberything to run, and the remote doesn't work at all. Found intelliremote, recommend it for this, or anything really, can customize the remote to control anything, not jst creative's playcentre thingy :-)