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Old 10-05-2006, 02:52 PM   #1
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...is the X-Fi really that good?
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:01 PM   #2
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> ...is the X-Fi really that good?
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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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Old 10-05-2006, 04:36 PM   #3
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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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Old 10-05-2006, 07:47 PM   #4
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> There's something wrong with a sound card if it requires a
> heatsink.
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> Just sayin'.

Why does it matter?

For the record, I don't believe mine has one.
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Old 10-05-2006, 09:14 PM   #5
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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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Old 10-06-2006, 06:09 AM   #6
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Default Re: Hey Audigy..

> 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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Old 10-06-2006, 06:10 AM   #7
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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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Old 10-06-2006, 06:14 AM   #8
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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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Old 10-06-2006, 06:48 AM   #9
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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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Old 10-06-2006, 03:10 PM   #10
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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/wikipedi...BUS-Memory.jpgRAM</a> with a heatsink?
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