Reviews and Problems with Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
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Snap, Crackle, Pop
Mitch W., Newegg
15 March 2009
Summary: Whatever happened to Creative Labs? My first sound card was an AWE 32 and I've been using their sound cards in every computer I've had since but this and their lack of response to it is disgraceful enough to make me wonder if it might be better to start looking elsewhere.
Pros: True X-fi chip, EAX 5 compatibility, price is certainly hard to beat. CMS3D is fantastic with headphones and sound quality is great when it's sounding like it should.
Cons: Very irritating pops, clicks, crackles, sound cut outs, weird sound pitch shifts, etc. in games. Creative blames dual video card setups for hogging memory bandwidth... but they also say they haven't seen the issue on X58 motherboards which I do have. I also have a very hard time believing that 16...
Summary: Spend the money and get something better like a titanium.
Pros: I noticed increased playback quality with my music over onboard.
Cons: Mic port caused a roaring screech to emit through my speakers the first time I connected a microphone to it. Thankfully, the microphone still works. However, the microphone port doesn't do anything now. The software disc bundled with the card was terrible, running the installer didn't install the...
Summary: It aggrevates me that I paid $135 for nothing more than a paperweight. This is my first and last Creative Labs card. Why arn't there any lawsuits pending against Creative Labs, extremely apparent FALSE ADVERTISING. Seriously look up the HT Omega cards, awesome card, very high rating.
Pros: Good sound quality when it works. Cool little red light.
Cons: I'm writing an update review to maybe save some people some grief. I brought this under the assumption that I could use my digital Z-5500 speakers with it, wasn't the case. Hooked it up using a digital coax cable into the SPDIF expecting it would work. Nope, so I have to use analog instead and on...
Cons: Do not get this card if you are looking for really good stereo, or surround for that matter, surround. This thing is a piece of junk. Could not get it to work with my speakers which are Logitech Z-5500. Only got sound out of center channel. Set everything correctly. Unplug and replug cables in, t...
Summary: Stay away from this card, or Creative for that matter. I've always been a die-hard Creative fan until this mess. I'm going to scrape up the cash to purchase an Auzentech or an HT OMEGA. They're a little pricier, but you get what you pay for!
Pros: This card looks pretty and when it's working properly, the sound is phenomenal!
Cons: Just as the title states, beware the screech of death! I was playing COD4 and my pc locked up and began to emit a VERY loud, high pitched squeal from my Logitech G51 setup. Fortunately, I didn't have the sound up very high and it's a good thing I didn't have my headset on because it's high pitche...
Summary: Thought this would work w/ Nforce mobo. WRONG! More snaps, crackles and pops than a Rice Crispy convention. Sounds like popping popcorn over a roaring, crackling fire while your home theater system pumps amplified static. Software is garbage (bloated garbage at that).
Cons: Upon installation I lost all internet connectivity. After installing the drivers, audio was clipped. The first brief moment of a sound effect would play, before stopping. It kept repeating the Windows error sound. MP3 and Wave playback would stop and start. The sound would not just cut out, the a...
Summary: Claims to increase performance of games, yet increases your computer boot time by 20 sec at least, then runs so many services that any performance gain in game is negated by the like 7 programs in the background.
Pros: Great sound, pretty looking, nice light on it
Cons: BLOAT WARE, like 1 gig on software for nothing... lots of nagging software, like 6 services that install. only 1 year warranty, died in the 14th month.