Originally posted by Beefcake
I would go for the X-Fi XtremeMusic for around $122 mainly because it supports EAX 5.0 and can have 128 simultaneous sounds playing. Out of the 4 X-Fi cards I believe only 2 of them are really worth the money, which is the XtremeMusic and Platinum; the Fatal1ty and Elite are very expensive and really aren't worth the money.
Way to quote me word for word
XtremeMusic and Fatal1ty are worth it, and even then, only because the Fatal1ty gives you the extra 64MB RAM. Platinum and Elite are the ones not worth it, because they don't really give you anything more to justify the price from the version directly below them.
IMO, there's no reason to buy anything other than a XtremeMusic. The 64MB RAM is there to offload the CPU (don't ask me how they got to that conclusion) but it really never does anything at all. As of right now, I do not know of ANY advantages of the Sound Cards higher up than the XtremeMusic.
Good job on thurning this thread upside down though. The guy has $50 speakers, he's not going to buy a $125 sound card. Are you people crazy?