Which sound card should I buy for gaming?

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  1. pkozerski

    pkozerski Member

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    Hello, I want to buy sound card for games, I want to choose betwen
    Razer Barracuda AC-1 and SB X-FI XTREME GAMER-FATALITY

    Razer Barracuda AC-1
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    http://www.razerzone.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_16&products_id=41
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    [LIST]
    [*]Razer Fidelity™ gaming audio engine
    [*]S/PDIF receiver/transmitter
    [*] Dolby® Prologic IIx surround processor
    [*] Dolby® Digital Live 5.1 hardware encoder
    [*] Dolby® Headphone technology
    [*] Dolby® Virtual Speaker
    [*] DTS® NeoPC
    [*] DTS® Interactive real-time hardware encoder
    [*] 7.1-channel digital audio playback
    [*] Supports EAX™ 2.0, Aureal3D™ 1.0 and DirectSound[/LIST][B]Audio Characteristics[/B][LIST]
    [*]        Signal-to-noise ratio (output): 117dB
    [*] Frequency response (at 24-bit / 96KHz): 20~20,000Hz
    [*] Dynamic range: 116dB
    [*] Total harmonic distortion + noise: -97dB
    [*] Simultaneous voices: ≤ 128[/LIST][B]Hardware Characteristics[/B][LIST]
    [*] Razer High Definition-Dedicated Audio Interface™ (HD-DAI™ connector)
    [*]S/PDIF in/out Toslink connectors
    [*]CD-in
    [*]Aux-in[/LIST]
    CREATIVE SB X-Fi XTREME GAMER-FATALITY
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    http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=209&subcategory=669&product=15854
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    Technical Specs
                24-bit Analog-to-Digital conversion of analog inputs at 96kHz sample rate
                24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of digital sources at 96kHz to analog 7.1 speaker output
                24-bit Digital-to-Analog conversion of stereo digital sources at 192kHz to stereo output
                16-bit to 24-bit recording sampling rates: 8, 11.025, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 and 96kHz
                ASIO 2.0 support at 16-bit/44.1kHz, 16-bit/48kHz, 24-bit/44.1kHz 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/96kHz with direct monitoring
                Enhanced SoundFont support at up to 24-bit resolution
                64MB of X-RAM
    
    Audio Performance (Rated Output @ 2Vrms, Typical Value)
                Signal-to-Noise Ratio (20kHz Low-pass filter, A-Weighted)
        -         Stereo Output 109dB
        -         Front and Rear Channels 109dB
        -         Center, Subwoofer and Side Channels 109dB
                Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise at 1kHz (20kHz Low-pass filter) = 0.004%
                Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/96kHz input ) 10Hz to 46kHz
                Frequency Response (-3dB, 24-bit/192kHz input) 10Hz to 88kHz (Stereo only)
    
    Connectivity
                Speaker and Headphone connections for stereo to 7.1 (Line Out via three 3.5mm mini jacks)
                Line In / Microphone In / Digital Out* / Digital I/O** (shared 3.5mm FlexiJack)
                Auxiliary Line level Input (via 4-pin Molex connector)
                I/O Console connector (for optional upgrade)
    Which one will be better for games with headphones? what are the differences beetwen them? Sound quality etc?
    I also watch a movies and listen Mp3. Don't look at price, tell mi which one will You take :)
     
  2. Rogacz

    Rogacz Porcupine Floyd

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    Auzen's X-Fi Prelude.
     
  3. ChaosMinionX

    ChaosMinionX USB 3 dot oh

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    +1 for Auzen X-Fi
     
  4. Necrosis

    Necrosis Well-Known Member

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    Another vote as well.
     
  5. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

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    Of those two, I'd probably take the Razer. Given the choice of any card, I'd go with the Auzentech X-Meridian, same chipset as the Razer card, but higher quality components.
     
  6. kris23

    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    he means Auzentech X-Fi Prelude:D

    i vote for Auzen X-Fi prelude too
     
  7. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

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    No, I mean the X-Meridian, higher quality than the Prelude, minus EAX, which isn't much of a loss, IMHO.
     
  8. kris23

    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    hahahaha yea yea i know, but EAX 5.0 is really good and everyone says the X-Fi chip is better than the C-Media chip
     
  9. Arklon

    Arklon Active Member

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    Er, the only thing the X-Meridian has over the Prelude is DDL/DTS encoding, which the Prelude will be getting soon...
     
  10. kelston

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    Now if only EAX worked in Vista rather than BSODing with ALchemy the EAX advantage might matter.

    Only thing Prelude has that is really awesome is the swappable opamps, but having that only apply to Front L/R makes it not as fun.
     
  11. kris23

    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    yea i miss EAX.... there any possibility that it will work? does anyone know how the Asus Xonar is vs the Prelude? in terms of music, movie surround, and all that stuff? im thinking the Prelude but the Xonar makes me curious.
     
  12. Zelig

    Zelig Well-Known Member

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    Uses the same c-media chip as the Razer and the X-Meridian, not sure about the rest of the card though.

    EAX works fine for me in Vista 64-bit with 4GB of ram and my Audigy 2 ZS. ;)
     
  13. Rogacz

    Rogacz Porcupine Floyd

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    If you want to buy the best card for gaming then it's really simple - X-Fi Prelude.

    Best components + CA20K chipset = Best gaming performance with very high quality sound.

    X-Fi Prelude is not X-Fi Fatality or Platinium crap. It uses LM4562 opamp and other hi quality parts. Basically it's X-Meridian + X-Fi chipset. What do you want more? (ok, ok I know - drivers, but nothing is perfect).
     
  14. GeneralClaymore

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    Same with Daniel_K modded drivers. just temp til i get my pre-order predule.
     

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