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Old 02-06-2006, 11:13 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The X-Fi Xtreme Music is the only X-Fi worth the money, unless you play with music a lot.

Unless you actually experienced with the X-Fi you can't say it's not much better then normal sound cards, unless you heard it on crappy speakers (on games that have EAX 5.0 support) . It is very noticalbe with headphones. And the fact that it is the only sound cards that have EAX 5.0 support I say it's worth it.
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The X-fi has 24 times more processing power then the Audigy 2 ZS series. It also has the processing power equivelent of a P4 3.2Ghz CPU. It turns out over 10,000 MIPS. It's a very powerful audio processor.

The most noticable thing to me is the ability to enable up to 128 voices in a supporting game. BF2 & Quake 4 both support 128 voices with x-fi. I don't have quake 4 but I do have BF2 and the difference is substancial (Enabled vs. Disabled).

The mulitude of sound variety during game play is jaw dropping. Everytime I play I always hear a new sound that i've never heard before. It's really impressive. For example: If you are crawling through grass... you can hear that rustling sound. But as you pass through a bush, the rustling sound changes noticably. yet you can still hear the grass. Birds fly off and you can hear a variety of sounds from the birds. Not just one standard flock sound taking off. There are a variation in tones (high & low).

After you've played BF2 enough, you can actually start to tell what gun a player is firing just by the sound. And with x-fi if there are 10 guns firing all at once, you can hear each of those guns distinctly.

Overall - i'm glad I bought this card. I'm praying that other games choose to support it. Most of all UT2007 must use this... Or i'll kick someone's butt..
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At this point it isn't about the resources it saves, it just plain sounds kick ***. All of the software options with it are amazing as well, effects for anything and even audio creation mode is sweet.

I have the most basic version too.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:46 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How much is it....
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Wow I just bought one of these last night....this thread is way informative!

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Overall - i'm glad I bought this card. I'm praying that other games choose to support it. Most of all UT2007 must use this... Or i'll kick someone's butt..
I will be right there w/ you!! Im going to get one of the X-FI cards as soon as i stop spending money on cars and i get the 7800GS. It better be **** well worth it.
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:38 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I've got an Extreme Music myself I always thought it had 64 megs of RAM but someone said it didn't so what is it using 32 megs? Regardless it does sound great.
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