Which Sound Card?? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-25-2005, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
NickFas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 273
Default Which Sound Card??

I was just wondering if anyone had a good choice as to which sound card is the best for the money. I currently am using my old sound card which isn't very good so I am wondering what everyone's opinions are on this subject.

PLEASE HELP!!
__________________

__________________
Proud owner of the only hampster powered rig on these boards.
NickFas is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
003
Wizard Techie
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,312
Default

I assume this is for gaming. If you have the money, get the Creative X-fi Fatal1ty FPS, it's $270 on newegg. If that's to much money, get the X-fi XtremeMusic on newegg for $117. The Fatal1ty will make a difference over the xtrememusic in bf2, FEAR and most upcoming games however.
__________________

__________________
so, umm, err yeah
003 is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
NickFas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 273
Default

Alright i'll check that out. But what exaclty am i looking for in a gaming sound card?
__________________
Proud owner of the only hampster powered rig on these boards.
NickFas is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 03:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 458
Default

First he's got a motherboard and now a sound card!?
__________________
<font size=1><b>Current Build:</b>
DFI Lanparty Ultra-D
<a href=\"http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=77714\">AMD 64 X2 4400+ @ 2.20GHz</a>
Big Typhoon Heatsink/Fan
2 GB G.Skill DDR500 PC4000
eVGA 256MB 7800GTX
37GB Raptor
2x 120GB Hard Drives</font>
sickness is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 04:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
PZEROFGH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,553
Send a message via AIM to PZEROFGH
Default

Quote:
Originally posted by 003
I assume this is for gaming. If you have the money, get the Creative X-fi Fatal1ty FPS, it's $270 on newegg. If that's to much money, get the X-fi XtremeMusic on newegg for $117. The Fatal1ty will make a difference over the xtrememusic in bf2, FEAR and most upcoming games however.
whats the difference?
__________________
Hmmm?
AIM/Xfire - pzerofgh
PZEROFGH is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 04:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 543
Default

the X-fi Fatal1ty FPS has an extra 64mb of ram on there but the graphs on anandtech showed that it had only about a 1 or 2 fps difference between the audigy 2 ZS? think forgot which card they compared it too. but i think upcoming games might utilise this more but for games right now there is really no point in getting it unless you have the money
__________________
3200+ A64 skt 754
ASUS K8N4-E Deluxe
2x 512mb corsair value
X1800XL 512mb@X1800XT
2x 80g WD SATA
X-FI Platinum
Antec P180b
Running is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 04:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
003
Wizard Techie
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,312
Default

Not that it has an extra 64mb, it has the memory, unlike the X-fi XtremeMusic and X-fi Platinum. There are two reasons why there is not an actual FPS boost.
1. It is not meant to boost FPS, it is meant to cache up to 128 hardware sound sources and higher quality sounds.
2. The only games that currently takes advantage of the RAM is BF2, and FEAR does take advantage of the X-fi, but not the new memory. Most games that will be coming out now will take advantage of it. When you get a sound card for gaming, you want to look that it supports the latest version of EAX (5.0), which all the X-fi cards do, and you want to see how many sounds it can process in hardware, which all the X-fi cards can do 128, which is currently the best, and the features it has, like the added RAM, etc...
__________________
so, umm, err yeah
003 is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 07:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,446
Send a message via AIM to Alex81388
Default

The Xtreme Music does everything u could really want. if u need the remote to your computer, u dont want to be using creative's software in the first place.

The other X-Fi's are a waste.
__________________
Sig removed due to foul language. Please read the rules regarding the allowable content of sigs before reposting your COMPLIANT sig.
~Trotter
4/21/06
Alex81388 is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 08:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
003
Wizard Techie
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,312
Default

That's not why I recommended the Fatal1ty FPS, I recommended it because it has the onboard RAM and the other X-fi's don't. It will help in BF2 and most upcoming games. (UT2007 included)
__________________
so, umm, err yeah
003 is offline  
Old 11-25-2005, 09:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 419
Default

? wtf u talking about the audigy 2 zs has onboard memory it doesnt help at all. unless u goona produce music in which u woudlnt even touch a sound blaster card like the audigy or x-fi. anythign above audigy 2 zs is a waste of money. dont waste your money a 270 audio card unless it has 4 in/out and other **** i dont rember, with an outstanding DC/AC and u goona do professional audio. And no video games are not professional audio.
__________________

efd753 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.