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Diskeater

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> ...is the X-Fi really that good?
>

Yes, yes it is.

It is really hard to describe how amazing something can sound, but the cards are well worth the money.
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Kitsune Sniper

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> ...is the X-Fi really that good?

There's something wrong with a sound card if it requires a heatsink.

Just sayin'.
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SirDaShadow

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> Yes, yes it is.
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> It is really hard to describe how amazing something can
> sound, but the cards are well worth the money.
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Other than sound quality, I'm worried about crosstalk/interference. As in "crank up the volume to 11" and hear hiss, hum or the CPU buzzing...do the X-Fi series deal better with these issues?
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Audigy

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> There's something wrong with a sound card if it requires a
> heatsink.

The heatsink was introduced to the later rev of the series (same box, different card) - it was a cost-down rev, so they used slightly cheaper parts (that do the same thing) that heat up a little more quickly, so they added the heatsink. At least that's my understanding of it.

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Audigy

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> ...is the X-Fi really that good?
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Which X-Fi? The ones with the docks that allow additional I/O and have extra X-RAM are worth the money (Fatal1ty, Elite Pro) if you're into gaming.

If not, the Platinum will probably do ya.

What are you looking to do, exactly?
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Audigy

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> Other than sound quality, I'm worried about
> crosstalk/interference. As in "crank up the volume to 11"
> and hear hiss, hum or the CPU buzzing...do the X-Fi series
> deal better with these issues?

Better than what? :) I've never had any problem like that. What exactly are you going to be plugging into this card? Cheap $15 speakers? Sure, enjoy the noise. $200 headphones? Enjoy the silence.

The signal-to-noise ratio is very good... under -105db I think. I don't have the exact specs handy, and I'm feeling too lazy to look them up.

If you're looking for a sound card upgrade, you'd be a fool to not purchase an X-Fi. I'd say the price is easily worth it for the CMSS Upmix feature alone (take stereo and upmix it to 5/6/7.1 surround) ...we have a PC in our living room with an X-Fi (Fatal1ty), and watching Trigun DivX files (or anything) is quite the experience. :)

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Kitsune Sniper

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> The heatsink was introduced to the later rev of the series
> (same box, different card) - it was a cost-down rev, so they
> used slightly cheaper parts (that do the same thing) that
> heat up a little more quickly, so they added the heatsink.

My point was that sound cards aren't meant to be... well, hot. You know? I've always thought of them as a more passive part of the hardware.

Adding a heatsink just seems wrong somehow. This has nothing to do with my dislike of Creative, I would say the same thing if another company had done it.
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Lillymon

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> My point was that sound cards aren't meant to be... well,
> hot. You know? I've always thought of them as a more passive
> part of the hardware.

Think that's bad? How about http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/df/RAMBUS-Memory.jpgRAM</a> with a heatsink?
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Kitsune Sniper

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> Think that's bad? How about RAM with a heatsink?

My RAM has heatsinks. :p 'Sides, those things get overclocked all the damn time. Sound cards... eh.
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SirDaShadow

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> What are you looking to do, exactly?
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I guess the best bang-for-the-buck without losing any core hw functionality. I have a logitech 5.1 setup (forgot which model, I'll be home in an hour and will look) and Sennheiser 420HD(?) cans that need a replacement cable :( These two connect thru the normal analog loop...would like to have good speakers with optical input...
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