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Friday, May 19th, 2006
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I bought a Creative X-Fi (THE XTREEEEEME SOUNDCARD) to replace the onboard audio on parabellum (which briefly replaced my old OEM SB Live). It was on sale at Amazon. Here is what I've noticed: I can use my headphones[1] and not hear PC noise, even with the volume cranked. Both the NForce4 and especially the SB Live were incredibly noisy.

And just as important, Oblivion is running much smoother. It used to jerk around some in town, but now it looks like I'm back to the GPU being the bottleneck ;) I had a feeling those REALTEK drivers were killing my performance.

So yeah, even though they are horrible litigious bastards, I stand by my brand loyalty for a gaming soundcard!

P.S. I haven't installed the cool front panel yet because I lost the drive rails, and have to wait for new ones to show up. It's much snazzier than my original SB Live front panel.

[1] Ultrasone HFI-650
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From: ex_md744
2006-05-20 03:51 am (UTC)
I standby my deeep loathing of Creative. Should've got a Turtle Beach.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2006-05-20 05:33 am (UTC)
Wow I'm impressed you took that plunge. When I saw the big XTRMEME letters on that box I decided to stay away from it on general principle. ;-) The great thing about sound cards is that they are hardware you almost never have to upgrade. My Audigy 2 I bought 4 years ago is still running the top game settings available. I'll probably keep it around for at least another 2 years. You'll probably be good to go for 8 years or more with that thing heh.
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From: entropy512
2006-05-21 03:22 pm (UTC)
Heh. Yeah. I bought an Audigy4 recently because my onboard sound kind of sucked under Linux. I was thinking of the X-Fis but they're total paperweights under Linux. I was going to buy the Turtle Beach Montego DDL (I REALLY wanted a DDL card) but the DDL features were also unsupported in Linux, and more importantly, it had numerous reviews indicating that the Windows drivers were horrible unstable and buggy.

The Audigy4 works very well for me.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-05-23 04:10 am (UTC)
To be honest, I didn't even check for linux compatibility. I just kind of assumed. Fortunately, I like it as a gaming card so I doubt I'll ever move it to a linux box.

I'm thinking of buying M-Audio for my next linux computer...
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[User Picture]From: lipid
2006-05-22 07:12 am (UTC)
SB Live! Value + kX drivers meet my bedroom-producing needs (and for a long time now). Generally onboard sound is getting better... I've seen native ASIO drivers for a couple of onboard sound chipsets even. :)
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-05-23 04:12 am (UTC)
I was really impressed with kX when I tried it with Buzz a long long time ago. Except that it didn't include the EAX support for games, which every game was using at the time :(
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-24 05:42 am (UTC)


I've noticed that I get sound glitching when playing oblivion. The walking noise especially. Does this happen to you? Any ideas?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2006-05-24 06:57 am (UTC)

Re: semilazyweb

Hi, someone with lipid's IP address ;)

No, can't say it does. Oblivion has been much more well-behaved than some other games... like of the HL2 variety. SiN was stuttering all over the place... though I have a feeling my new card will fix that.

One tricky fix I saw on the Oblivion website was that if you're using ffdshow, you can put oblivion.exe on an exclude list to make sure the original codec will be used.
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