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Old 2006-05-08, 23:57   Link #1
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Do I need a soundcard upgrade?

Okay, I'm going to be honest here. I'm a computer geek, but I've been totally ignorant of computer audio technology for the past 3 years (meaning I haven't kept up).

I've been with my Sound Blaster Audigy (not 2 or 2zs) and as far as I was concerned I was able to play my games with EAX 3.0/4.0 and OpenAL just fine. The quality of the sound was pretty good at least relative to my home theather system.

Now I've stumbled upon this deal and it has tempted me
Buy.com Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Platium Deal

Would this upgrade improve my experience?
Note: I have a 4.1 speaker system that provides medium quality audio.
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Old 2006-05-09, 10:06   Link #2
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its the not the greatest but if u wish to do that its not much of an upgrade imo but its good to go after imo
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Old 2006-05-09, 19:24   Link #3
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its the not the greatest but if u wish to do that its not much of an upgrade imo but its good to go after imo
Wow, so I was right... all those other sound blasters past the original Audigy are just ploys to sell hardware

I would still like to hear from other people before I decide though :|
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Old 2006-05-09, 21:31   Link #4
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You would only need to upgrade if you're looking from more/different outputs for the most part. (ie. optical) The exception would be the Creative X-Fi, which is supposively "HD audio." It also boasts that it can improve system performance, mainly in the gaming department. (framerates)
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Old 2006-05-09, 22:15   Link #5
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You would only need to upgrade if you're looking from more/different outputs for the most part. (ie. optical) The exception would be the Creative X-Fi, which is supposively "HD audio." It also boasts that it can improve system performance, mainly in the gaming department. (framerates)
EH?! FPS improvement!? Would you care to explain how the soundcard will boost the FPS?
I like your Ava btw :P
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Old 2006-05-09, 22:40   Link #6
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Soundcard will enable all of the sound to be processed on the card.
Taking stress off of the CPU = more Frames per second.

Though... you wont notice it since you have a sound card already.
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Old 2006-05-10, 00:27   Link #7
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EH?! FPS improvement!? Would you care to explain how the soundcard will boost the FPS?
I like your Ava btw :P
a sound card processes all the sound so your cpu doesnt have to. so the cpu will have more processing power to process other things like games.
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Old 2006-05-10, 00:55   Link #8
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That's the advantage of any dedicated soundcard over onboard. It may be that the X-Fi utilizes the system bus more efficiently that gives it a slight edge over other cards, so they claim ever more performance? It must be very minimal though. Or you could take it as the X-Fi allows you to increase audio effects (EAX 5.0, 'Super High Quality" sound setting in some games) without performance hits. Anyhow, from what I read some can and others cannot, tell a difference between an X-Fi to an Audigy2. I'd assume that most would agree from Audigy -> X-Fi you could tell a difference. But if you're not an audiophile or extreme gamer, I don't think it's absolutely necessary to upgrade.

PS: I don't have the card myself(...yet), so I can't really give my own opinion on the sound. =x
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Old 2006-05-10, 07:37   Link #9
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X-fi is supposed to be fully 24-bit in sound-quality, so that would be the sole reason to upgrade as long as it isn't too expensive. I use Audigy 2 ZS too and it does offer some good quality normally and better when the sounds are 24-bit (Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday being the most recent example).

It's about money: if you have 50 bucks extra to get X-fi, go for it, but you don't miss much even if you stay with regular Audigy.
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Old 2006-05-10, 14:00   Link #10
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Okay, looks like I'm not upgrading. I'll save this all up for my next GPU upgrade

Just to clarify my earlier question, on how the sound card improves FPS.
I meant:

How does the X-Fi upgrade help FPS, I know the basics behind all of this already.
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