Beware of Onboard Sound Blaster X-Fi

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  1. MIG-31

    MIG-31 HardwareHeaven News Mod Staff Member

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    It looks like consumers aren't being treated fairly once again. It has come to our attention that a few popular vendors are now offering motherboards with a built-in X-Fi advertised as part of the features. Now you would expect to see an X-Fi audio chip on those motherboards - well, this is not the case. What you are going to get is a regular onboard audio chip (VIA, Realtek) with additional limited Sound Blaster X-Fi software. It seems that Creative Labs is now licensing its X-Fi software to OEMs.
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  2. classic_leon

    classic_leon New Member

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    Perhaps I'd never post if Mig31 doesn't let us know this. LOL. Thanks for the thread. Oh Yes, you don't need to pay too much for a buggy soundcard, that's why YouP-PAX has NOT officially released mod drivers for 3 and half years. In actural fact, you also don't need to keep waiting for a kid who has not enough knowledge but still releases lame mod in Brazil to fool you. RealTek audio softmod to X-Fi MB for Windows 7 is released by Alexa and SOlOR. Now everyone has an X-Fi lol.
     
  3. hohum

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    Creative have been providing this software to certain manufacturers for ages, nothing new here. I guess it's an attempt to cling onto the audio market due to their X-Fi chipset becoming more obsolete over time.

    Software mixing is the way forward - far more flexible, not tied to any vendor specific hardware or API, and as a result everyone can experience the same audio effects. The performance benefit of hardware accelerated audio playback nowadays is negligible (and has been for a while now), and as such isn't worth the trade-off as far as I'm concerned.
     

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