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Old 06-09-2005, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need the following

7.1 channels
mic jack
ability to be hardware accelerated

I dont need a 100-200$ card
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i just got the 24bit SB live card for 30 bucks at my local computer shop (29.00 newegg). its a great upgrade from onboard and i think it has 7.1 support. i highly recommend it as an alternative to a 300 dollar card.
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Audigy 2 Value. 7.1, mic, EAX, etc. about $60 though.
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ahh yea it's hardware accelerated, Ill probably stick with that
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the SB Live cards are only 5.1, but still descent
the Audigy 2 value is 7.1
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The value is crap. Get the Audigy 2 ZS. $71 @ newegg
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829118106
^^ Turtle beach catalina, is probably the best value card. Dont listen to senselss who says the m-audio crap, which is $90 and this is 50. I have this very card myself, I got it to replace my onboard AC'97 audio and get a few more frames in UT2004, and that I did. Plus, it sounds great. Oh BTW, this card IS hardware accelerated. I can prove it by directX sound tests.
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It doesn't even support EAX 4.0. Audigy is a much better choice.
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