Soundblaster X-Fi

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  1. Falstaff

    Falstaff Old Codger

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    Alright, read the reviews...someone out there has the card and beta testing it now, just saw the article in Maximum PC and my mouth is watering..., folks if your beta testing this product please share a commnent or two...thanx
     
  2. Tipstaff

    Tipstaff Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I read the same Maximum PC article, and am wondering the same thing. Would like to get some "I'm not being paid to give this card an A+ MUST HAVE" opinions.
     
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  4. MNDS

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    I got mine from Best Buy on Friday afternoon. I love the card so far, I cant say enough about it. As for the question to whether CPU Utilization is lower, I can say its substantially lower depending on exactly how many voices are being used at any given time (in games). After setting up a friends pc that also purchased an X-Fi this weekend, we ran 3dmark 03 simply in order to compare online after the sound tests which we were pretty happy with. We noticed the X-Fi dropped about 6 FPS when doing 32 voices compared with an Audigy 2 system (identical specs other than the soundcard) which dropped 12fps. The 64 Voice test dropped 10 fps on our system while an equivalent Audigy 2 based system dropped 23 fps.
     
  5. Necrosis

    Necrosis Well-Known Member

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    What ?!?!?

    I went to their site, and it wasn't even listed so I figured they didn't have it. I'll be picking one up this Friday.
     
  6. MNDS

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    Double check that its listed as in stock in your area, we sold out here apparently. I got the XtremeMusic for 129.99 theyre now up on the site, Friday when I purchased mine they werent. I know one of the guys from hardocp from Ohio (not sure of the area) picked one up this weekend as well.
     
  7. Necrosis

    Necrosis Well-Known Member

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    Hmm I live in a small town. However, am going to Columbus this week, and this weekend so maybe I can luck out.

    Update: Yup all the stores around me have them. Friday is payday for me so hopefully they'll still have it in stock. Hmm, I wonder if Newegg has em yet?
     
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    Falstaff, your new avator is cute:)
    Guys who tested it told me the card is good but the drivers suck.
     
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    Isn't it always like that? Or at least most of the time.. :) BTW, that avatar is of Stewie Griffin if you don't know :D

    I want these sound cards to slide down the price rail a bit or better yet wait for a PCI-E version for S&G's.
     
  10. Zelig

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    Bah, Maximum PC has notoriously bad speaker reviews, they don't cater to people worried about sound quality at all.
     
  11. Falstaff

    Falstaff Old Codger

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    I have a 200 dollar ear when it comes to room speakers, I am embarrased but I have to put the headphones on to really appreciate the card, but it is worth eh? I cant believe that the new card is already out now..sheesh..got to find it!!
     
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    Teme Super Moderator

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    BTW. The hardware accelerated mp3 decomp wokrs on only creatives mp3 player???
     
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    Digit-life.com has an excellent review on the x-fi cards.
     
  14. Tipstaff

    Tipstaff Well-Known Member

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    Question: Has anyone up here in the "Frozen North" got one of these cards? If so, did you get it from a supplier up here, or from the country (nudge nudge) beneath us?

    Just wondering, cuz I can't find a supplier that has one up here.
     
  15. Necrosis

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    Well the crystalizer works on any player; listening to Megadeth right now with 100% /w J. River Media Center.

    BTW, sweet card folks!!

    I'm very impressed with the sound quality...my Klipsch's love this card.
     
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    Which XFI do I use for the best game experience like BF2?
     
  17. Necrosis

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    I really don't know. I just got the basic version because I don't care for the bay insert nor do I have room for it any way.
     
  18. Teme

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    Ok, well lets see if X-Fi price is good for me @ x-mas ;)
     
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    What are the differences between the three different models? is there actually any difference between the actual cards or is it just the breakout boxes?
     
  20. Sandok

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    Well the two most expensive have XRAM (64mb) which is supposed to help your PC but since only topend PC guys are buying this who are already loaded with 1gig + ram, it's useless.
     

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